Our Housing Outreach Program works hard to advocate for access to women’s housing opportunities, decrease barriers to housing, and provide more support for women to feel empowered in the community.
The growing housing crisis is particularly detrimental to women in the Downtown Eastside. Many women are exposed to high rates of violence in poor quality Single Room Occupancy (SRO) hotels, are street homeless or are trapped within the shelter system. Women struggle to be safely housed due to violence, discrimination, stigmatization, inadequate welfare rates and a lack of housing availability.
Many vulnerable women are on the waitlist for BC Housing’s subsidized housing between two and 10 years, forcing them to remain in unsafe situations. Every woman has the right to a home but the need for safe and affordable housing for Vancouver’s most vulnerable population far exceeds the supply.
The Housing Team works hard to help break down barriers for women accessing stable housing. They also offer support with utility bills if women are at risk of losing their homes, which often prevents a woman from being evicted. Other examples include necessary purchases such as bedding, kitchen items or referral support to navigate other community resources.