Our project “Anne’s House” a residence in Shaughnessy village for 30 autonomous women (28 single with individual bathrooms, + 2 with a shared bathroom) who struggle with homelessness &/or are at risk of homelessness, &/or mental health issues. We will have 2 Community kitchens, art room, computer access, sewing machines, yoga; Anne’s House will provide assistance and support and offer programs and services that are adaptable to each individual with the focus on empowerment and cooperation. In house support 8 a.m-8p.m This is a project in conjunction with Batir son Quartier and SHQ, applications and requirements are below. Call Nazareth House for more information.
Why Anne’s House?
As I come through Cabot Park on my way to work, every morning, winter and summer, I see women huddled in the doorways along St. Catherine street near Atwater, near Nazareth House, some with newspapers as blankets. Among the many reasons we are opening up Anne’s House, a women’s shelter, include: – Because we see the women on our streets – Because we know last year YWCA received 300 calls for placement they were unable to fill – Because they are our mothers, sisters, daughters… – Because we know that some of the women will be arriving at Anne’s House with just the clothes on their backs, in states of mental and physical exhaustion, and they, like us, need a safe place to call their own. – Because when we visited an organization to welcome women to place an application for permanent residency at Anne’s House, the women cried.
Women resort to ‘survival sex’ due to lack of shelter spaces: report
by Gabrielle Tieman, for Postmedia News
A new report on women and poverty in Canada paints a dire picture of this country’s “hidden” homeless in which a lack of beds at shelters forces women to resort to “survival sex” just to find a place to sleep.
The report, released Tuesday by the YWCA, calls for an increase in the number of women-only shelters and support programs around the country. “There hasn’t been much action in building permanent housing for women and alleviating the ordeals and abuse they go through,” said Paulette Senior, CEO of YWCA Canada. To read more, please click here.