Give the Gift of Affordable Housing This Year


December 7, 2017 at 4:02PM until January 31, 2018 at 3:47PM

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A Gift That Will Support Women to Rebuild Their Lives

At YWCA Hamilton, we are committed to giving women the opportunities they need to build a better and brighter future. This is especially true when it comes to affordable housing. When we offer women a safe and affordable place to live when they have nowhere else to turn, we give them much-needed hope.

In Hamilton, a city where rent prices have risen 22% in eight years, women who live in poverty are forced to make an excruciating decision: Choosing between paying for housing and fulfilling other basic human needs like buying groceries. More than ever, a lack of safe and affordable housing means that women are in critical need of shelter and supports. At YWCA Hamilton, we offer solutions.

YWCA Canada is the largest provider of housing and shelter for women and girls across the country. In our own community, YWCA Hamilton has a long history of providing housing to some of the city’s most vulnerable women. YWCA Hamilton’s Transitional Living Program provides 65 private units for women who have nowhere else to go.

YWCA Hamilton proudly owns and operates Phoenix Place, which provides safe second-stage housing to women and children who are fleeing situations of violence and abuse. We also operate Carole Anne’s Place, which gives women a safe place to stay at night during the city’s coldest months. All the women who come to our doors have struggled with homelessness, trauma and feel isolated and alone.

“The chronic stress of poverty and a lack of affordable housing contributes to poor physical and mental health in women in our community. At YWCA Hamilton, we are dedicated to providing essential programs and services that allow women to rebuild their lives, while living in a safe environment.” — Denise Christopherson, CEO YWCA Hamilton

We know that more than half of the 200,000 people in Canada who use emergency shelters and temporary housing annually are women and girls. Seven in 10 people who experience family violence are women and girls, and gender non-conforming people experience disproportionate levels of violence.

"I found myself homeless after leaving an abusive relationship. I didn't know what to do as I had depended on my husband for so many years. I lived in a women's shelter for a couple weeks before YWCA offered me a room. Here I had a chance to work on my goals at my own pace, get nutritious hot meals three times a week and work on my self-esteem. The staff in the Transitional Living Program supported me every step of the way. Thank you YWCA for giving me a second chance." — Transitional Living Program resident

YWCA Hamilton’s dream is one of hope where our reimagined Ottawa Street location will be developed into a high-quality facility where 35 affordable housing apartments for women and children will provide safety and stability toward ending homelessness.

At YWCA Hamilton, our goal is to provide women with resources and opportunities they need to shape their own lives and define their communities. However, in order for this to be possible, we need your help.

This holiday season, we are asking you to tell women in our community who so often feel invisible that they matter. By supporting YWCA Hamilton, your gift will make a significant difference in the lives of women. By helping us to sustain essential programs and services, you’re building a brighter future for women and families.

Please give today.

Click here to make your gift

Denise Christopherson

CEO, YWCA Hamilton