Media Advisory – “Time to end Women’s Homelessness,” says Homes for Women Campaign

Poll supports launch of new national campaign and broad coalition

Toronto, Feb. 25, 2013 –

WHAT: Press Conference to launch the Homes for Women Campaign to prevent, reduce and end women’s homelessness in Canada supported by new polling information. Women have become Canada’s fastest growing homeless population. Homes for Women says action can reverse the trend.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013, 10:00am-10:30am EST
Canadian Parliamentary Press Gallery – Charles Lynch Room
130-S Centre Block, Parliament Hill

Paulette Senior, CEO, YWCA Canada
Kim Pate, Executive Director, Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies
Barbara Byers, Executive Vice-President, Canadian Labour Congress
Leilani Farha, Executive Director, Canada Without Poverty – Advocacy Network
Harriett McLachlan, Board of Directors, Canada Without Poverty


  • Marie-Claude Morin, MP, Chair, Standing Committee on Status of Women
  • Niki Ashton, MP, Official Opposition Critic for Status of Women
  • Honourable Judy Sgro, MP, Liberal Party Critic for Status of Women
  • Elizabeth May, MP, Leader of the Green Party of Canada

About Homes for Women:
Homes for Women is a broad-based national campaign to raise public awareness of women’s homelessness, foster public policy and program change and spark individual, community, corporate and government action to prevent, reduce and eventually end women’s homelessness. The campaign is hosted by YWCA Canada. Partner organizations include Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies, Canada Without Poverty, All Our Sisters, Justice for Girls, the Canadian Women’s Foundation and YWCAs and YMCA-YWCAs across Canada.

About YWCA Canada:
YWCA Canada is the country’s oldest and largest women’s multi-service organization.  With 32 Member Associations across the country, our programs serve women and girls in nine provinces and two territories.  YWCA Canada is the nation’s single largest provider of shelter to women and children fleeing violence, the second largest provider of child care services, and an active member of the World YWCA. For more information visit, find us on Twitter @YWCA_Canada or at

For information and interviews: Laura Tilley, Communications Manager, YWCA Canada, 416-962-8881 x 233.


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