This collection of resources explores the unique challenges and specific concerns of women experiencing homelessness. Research shows that women seek emergency housing for reasons that may be different from men. For example, they may be fleeing domestic violence, experiencing hidden homelessness or engaging in survival sex to remain housed. Other significant factors that affect women experiences of homelessness are related to employment, income inequality, childcare, poverty and racial and gender discrimination.
These resources will be helpful to:
- Increase awareness of women’s homelessness including risk factors, experiences, harms and consequences.
- Support specific populations at risk of homelessness including women and provide engagement with dignity and respect, empathy and trust.
For specific information on the link between violence against women and homelessness, see this backgrounder from the European Federation of National Organizations working with the Homeless.