Women in Montreal face enormous difficulties in their search for affordable, safe housing that meets their specific needs. This troubling reality encompasses obstacles such as limited access to affordable housing, gender discrimination, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the particular issues encountered by women who are victims of domestic violence. . Understanding these issues is essential to finding equitable and inclusive solutions that guarantee all women decent housing in Montreal.
Limited access to affordable housing
Women face particular difficulties when it comes to finding affordable housing. Statistics show that 28% of women in single-parent families in Canada are in urgent need of new housing. This situation highlights the enormous financial pressure on women, who must devote a significant proportion of their income to housing.
Discrimination and gender inequality
Research reveals that women face inequalities and discrimination in their search for housing, with racialized women and those with disabilities facing additional obstacles. This systemic discrimination in housing increases the inequalities already faced by women in Montreal.
Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has added to women’s economic difficulties in Montreal. According to a survey by the Réseau des femmes pour l’égalité des revenus, 68% of jobs lost in Quebec were held by women. This drop in income has made the search for safe, affordable housing for women even more challenging.
Domestic violence and housing
Women who are victims of domestic violence also face additional obstacles in securing safe housing. . Escaping an abusive relationship may require emergency housing, but access to safe, suitable accommodation is often limited, leaving women in vulnerable situations.
Solutions offered by the YWCA Montreal
The YWCA Montreal is actively committed to finding solutions for women affected by the housing crisis. By offering a safe roof over their heads and psychosocial support, this multi-service organization helps women regain stability and autonomy. The YWCA Montreal also raises public and decision-maker awareness of the housing challenges faced by women.
In collaboration with other organizations, the YWCA Montreal offers women access to affordable housing and support programs to empower them in their search for housing. Its day-to-day action is helping to improve the living conditions of women in Montreal and generates positive change.