Dear YWCA Toronto Supporter,
Let's talk housing for women.
49% of people living in shelters and temporary housing are women. More than 75,000 women and children leave their homes each year to escape violence and abuse. Toronto's social housing wait list is a staggering 97,000 households long.
Women suffer the most without access to safe housing.
I am inviting you to be a part of YWCA Toronto's #ActOnHousing advocacy campaign.
The federal government has launched consultations on a
national housing strategy and we need to work together to push them to deliver a strategy that meets the unique needs of women and girls.
Here is how you can get involved:
- Read and share my latest piece in the Toronto Star, which makes key recommendations based on what I have learned after 21 years of building safe, affordable homes for women with YWCA Toronto.
- Take 10 minutes to complete the federal government-online survey. Let them know that women fleeing violence and Indigenous women must be included as groups with distinct housing needs; and that safety and support are critically important themes for housing in Canada.
- Sign the #ActOnHousing pledge to support our call for a national housing strategy that ensures every woman has a safe, affordable place to call home.
- Send this email to 10+ of your family members, friends, networks and ask them to participate as well. Use your Facebook or Twitter to boost the signal.
We must raise our voices
because every woman has the right to a safe, affordable place to call home. #ActOnHousing.