Research on the State of Women’s Homelessness in Canada

Little is known about the unique experiences of women’s homelessness including the experiences of gender-diverse people. The reality is that women’s homelessness is often invisible and underestimated. The causes and conditions of women’s homelessness are different from male experiences of homelessness. Yet, homeless-specific services have predominantly been designed to meet the needs of single, adult males.

Through community-based research involving service providers and people with lived expertise of homelessness, a clearer picture is emerging of the unique and intersectional challenges of women’s homelessness. Using a gender-equity approach, teams of researchers and practitioners are exploring how gender intersects with structural and systemic factors. 

Report cover of the State of Women's Housing Need and Homelessness in Canada

This training is part of a broader strategy to share promising practices and scale gender-specific solutions based on the 2020 report by Kaitlin Schwan and others on the State of Women’s Housing Need & Homelessness in Canada (2020). The goal of this work is to raise awareness and build capacity in the sector to support women and gender-diverse people to transition out of homelessness quickly into permanent, safe and appropriate housing.

For more information (and resources) on this topic, you may want to take a look at the Women’s National Housing & Homelessness Network (WNHHN).