About the Women’s National
Housing and Homelessness Network

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The Women’s National Housing and Homelessness Network (WNHHN) is a collective of diverse women, including those with lived expertise, who are working to eliminate homelessness and housing insecurity for women, girls, and gender-diverse peoples across Canada

Our Purpose

Women’s homelessness is an urgent crisis in Canada, requiring immediate action. Housing insecurity and homelessness for women is largely invisible and women remain profoundly underserved across many systems and services. Women, especially those who are multiply marginalized, face systemic barriers to accessing safe, affordable, and adequate housing.

The Women’s National Housing and Homelessness Network is trying to change that.

Activities of the Network include, but are not limited to:

  • Conducting research on the causes of, and solutions to, homelessness and housing insecurity for women, girls, and gender diverse peoples;
  • Advocating for policy change in support of preventing and ending homelessness for women, girls, and gender diverse peoples;
  • Valuing, listening to, and actualizing the voices and ideas of women-identifying people with lived experience of homelessness and housing insecurity in policy discussions and public debate;
  • Developing toolkits and training to support transformation of programs and systems to support ending homelessness for women and girls (for example, developing toolkits and training on Housing First for Women)
  • Hosting webinars featuring best and promising practices on preventing and ending women’s homelessness

Our Principles

  1. We are vocal, determined advocates and allies for the voices of lived experience.
  2. We believe that ending homelessness is possible.
  3. We serve women and girls who are at risk of or are experiencing homelessness.
  4. We believe in the Right to Housing.
  5. We employ an intersectional approach.
  6. We are committed to equity and inclusivity.
  7. We honour trans and gender diverse identities.
  8. We are committed to children’s rights.
  9. We commit to advancing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action and the Calls for Justice from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

Co-Chairs

Arlene Hache

Arlene Hache

Kaitlin Schwan

Kaitlin Schwan

Steering Committee

Sharon Redsky

Maria Crawford

Hilary Marks

Hilary Chapple

Gloria Gallant

Faith Eiboff

Rachel Caplan

Althea Guiboche

Eva Kratochvil

Larissa Maxwell

Alex Nelson

Hannah Brais

Angela Carter

Courtenay Tom

Emily Paradis

Alarice Petawanikweb

Lenore Bonk

Valerie Sadler

Dana Riccio-Arabe

Andrea Gunraj

Natasha Carvalho

Lindsay Windhager

Jolene Andrew

Florence Portes

Laura Winters

Janet Tzupa

Zoe Logan

Jacqueline River

Brigitte Baradoy

Colette Prevost

Lisa Pierce

Jyoti Singh

Elisapee Sheutiatik

Elisabeth Zimmermann

Become a Member

If you wish to become a member of the Women’s National Housing and Homelessness Network and receive correspondence, resources, and invitations to future events, please complete the membership form.

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