Homelessness: Issues Facing Women

  • More than 235,000 Canadians experience homelessness annually, costing the economy $7 billion. On a given night, more than 35,000 Canadians are homeless.
  • Women parenting on their own enter shelters at twice the rate of two-parent families.
  • Domestic violence against women and children is a contributing factor to homelessness. When women become homeless, they are also at an increased risk of violence, sexual assault and exploitation.


  1. Stephen Gaetz, Tanya Gulliver and Tim Richter. The State of Homelessness in Canada: 2014. Toronto: The Homeless Hub Press. http://www.homelesshub.ca/SOHC2014
  2. When there’s no place like home: A snapshot of women’s homelessness in Canada. Page 2. YWCA Canada. http://ywcacanada.ca/data/publications/00000058.pdf
  3. Who is homeless? The Homeless Hub. http://www.homelesshub.ca/about-homelessness/homelessness-101/who-homeless