Research & Resources

Pan-Canadian Women’s Housing & Homelessness Survey

This survey is the largest national gender-specific survey on housing need and homelessness in Canada to date. Completed by 500 women and gender diverse people, this survey provides insight into the unique causes, conditions, and consequences of housing precarity and homelessness for women, girls and gender diverse people. The report highlights 10 key challenges that illustrate why and how homelessness is gendered, offering 21 recommendations for transformative change.

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A Rights-Based, GBA+ Analysis of the National Housing Strategy

The National Housing Strategy Act (NHSA) establishes housing as a human right in domestic legislation, and requires that the National Housing Strategy (NHS) adopt a rights-based approach. However, there are significant gaps between NHS programs and the NHSA when it comes to protecting the rights of women and gender diverse people. This report employs a rights-based, GBA+ analysis to explore how the NHS can progressively realize the right to housing for women, girls, and gender diverse people in Canada.

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Literature Review: The State of Women’s Housing Need & Homelessness in Canada

Homelessness amongst women, girls and gender diverse peoples is a crisis in Canada – hiding in plain sight. This literature review explores evidence on the unique causes, consequences, and experiences of homelessness and housing precarity for this group. It is the most comprehensive literature review on this topic in Canada.

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Key Findings | Executive Summary ( En Francais )


Implementation of the Right to Housing for Women, Girls, and Gender Diverse People in Canada

The ratification of the National Housing Strategy Act (NHSA) provides a historic opportunity to progressively realize of the right to housing for women, girls, and gender diverse people in Canada. This report draws together findings from the WNHHN’s literature review, pan-Canadian survey, and GBA+ federal policy analysis to outline how the federal government can advance the human right to housing for this group.

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Resources

Women’s Literature Review

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Women Deliver – COVID-19 Newsletter

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Best Practice Guideline for Ending Women’s and Girl’s Homelessness

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Red Women Rising

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Reconsidering Gender in Homelessness (Bretherton, 2017)

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Reclaiming Power and Place

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Best Practice Guideline for Ending Women’s and Girl’s Homelessness

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Women in Canada: A Gender-based Statistical Report

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A Little Kindness Would Go a Long Way

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Coming Together: Homeless Women, Housing and Social Support

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Voices: Women, Poverty and Homelessness in Canada

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A Framework for Ending Women’s and Girls’ Homelessness

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Better Off in a Shelter?

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Housing, Homelessness, and Violence Against Women

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Women and Homelessness (Bapitista, 2010)

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Connecting the Circle

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Scaling Up and Caring Report

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Getting Home Project

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Additional Resources

The Homeless Hub, the largest online library of resources and research on homelessness, provides further resources on women’s homelessness. Click below to explore their resources.

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