One of the biggest barriers we are noticing to housing our women in shelter is the lack of available rooms to rent for adults in the Windsor housing market and the overall stigma and myths around homelessness. The women in our shelter become homeless for a variety of reasons and are not always able to afford more than a room on a limited income. Do your part to help, because housing is a human right!
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Strat Planning Retreat with Dr. Julie Fraser keeping us on our toes! 30 minutes in and hit the ground running with Board AND staff to set a clear, supported, tailored vision for supporting women and kids experiencing homelessness. Happy Saturday! ... See moreSee less
Welcome Centre Shelter for WomenGreat day- lots to be grateful for and look towards as we head deeper into 2020. Curious, for those reading- tell us where YOU think our efforts and priorities should be!
Question from community: I hear a lot of anti-immigrant and anti-refugee sentiments from people who have experienced homelessness. Can you address the idea that immigrants and refugees are “taking all the affordable housing”, or “are put at the top of the list” for housing? I’m tired of hearing that shelters/the city/the province/the country is “putting foreigners first” and “not helping its own people.” Thanks so much!!!Signed, The granddaughter of immigrants who is currently supporting a housing-insecure family of 5. Answer: Thanks for reaching out, and thanks for sharing a bit about your situation as well. Sorry to hear you are among the many in our community who currently are housing-insecure. Touch base if you’d like any resources or referrals we might be able to assist with. Now onto the fun! Answered and deleted, rewrote, deleted- the answers are either too big, too complex, too jargon filled, too emotionally packed and tired of trying to fight the stigma and hate with case examples meant to tug your heart-strings; if a family fleeing their country and landing here not knowing the language, with one suitcase, no resources and supports, and a dream of their family being safe and thriving is not tripping your empathy meters, us saying it again ain’t gonna do the trick. Decided on a different route. 1) Here is the link to Matthew House Refugee Welcome Centre; they do some heavy lifting in our community to support refugee claimants and on a shoe-string budget; spread their info and message. matthewhousewindsor.org
2) Short answers: Do they access shelter (yes, because they are often homeless on arrival). Do they get “extra” support? No, they access the same systems “everyone else” does when entering shelter. Do they immediately get placed in geared to income housing? No. Reality is, no one does, they fill in same application as “everyone else” during this national housing crisis we are all aware of. Are they wrapped in added dollars? No, same antiquated income support model as “everyone else”. But they get housed in private market quicker right? Nope. They search, like “everyone else”, and tack the anti-immigration stigma onto their list of barriers when meeting with landlords and trying to secure housing. ... See moreSee less
Pad DeeWhat a horrible statement and obviously a MYTH🤬😡
5 days ago · 1
Tam MaillouxReally that is so far from the truth.
We almost had no choice but to seek out shelter with you (a family of 4 who pays their rent on time and are not addicts) last June all because our landlord served us with an N12.
We found a home (not ideal for us but at least there is a roof over our head)
People don't know nor realize that everyday people end up homeless.
The market has gone greedy.
I was thankful to know that IF it came down to it, you would've set us up temporarily in a hotel/motel.
It is a scary situation to be almost homeless.
5 days ago · 6
Lisa CozensWow! Disgusting, everyone deserves a warm place to stay regardless of their situation.
5 days ago
Barbara M. Dickenswell at least people are asking questions and getting educated answers...maybe this will help educate people to the truth NOT the myth
Denise GertzLike I posted before, these people are hard working, caring people! I am definitely not an addict, but lost my home due to the death of our son. We lost everything. If not for the kind and compassionate women there( and you know who I mean) we would be living in a tent... or worse. So thank you all for restoring my dignity! Keep up the wonderful work, windsor needs more people like all of you!
5 days ago · 5
Barbara Lowenthalwhat person caught up in the brutal disease of addiction has less rights than anyone else? he is human, she is human, i am human.. that's pretty much all i need to know...
Annamaria FerraroThis is disheartening. People are losing jobs people are getting injured or a critical illness and cannot work people get divorced or husband walk out !! It’s not all about drugs !! Teenagers run away from abuse or have parents in poverty they are starving !! This is a crisis!! Windsor is third city in Canada with highest unemployment rate . We all need to step up
4 days ago · 1
Samantha MoesMy friend lived there when her parents kicked her out.
They were really great and let her stay an extended period of time, and helped her get on welfare, find a roommate and move into an apartment. She now has been able to finish high school, she's found love and has a job.
She was too scared to go to other shelters because some fellow homeless women had warned her they could be unsafe. She had been couch surfing a while, but the people she stayed with just abused her financially and threw her back on the streets. This shelter basically saved her life♥️
Kerry GearinRecently a former client and I spent hours over a couple of days calling around to shelters even far outside where their family lived. Shelters in Ontario receive far more requests than there are spaces for.
1 day ago
Margaret StanleyThe problem is they give them a freecheck. They don’t have to have a shelter back in the day they had to have an address to have it mailed to
Thank you to Border City Living for hosting this event on our behalf, all the sponsors, donors, and volunteers that made it possible, and all of the people who came out to show your support. Together we were able to raise over $3000 for the shelter to support women and families experiencing homelessness within our community. Your support means the world! ... See moreSee less
Question: Where do the women shower and such? Do they have to follow a schedule?
The women’s shelter program has 4 showers (3 upstairs and 1 on main floor), 5 toilets, 13 beds and 4 crash mats on the living room floor for overflow clients when beds are full. Darn right there is some scheduling involved- otherwise it can get a bit chaotic! Women can shower etc as they see fit, whenever a shower is free, after 8pm, or before 10am. There are times for when breakfast, lunch and dinner are available, a general curfew expectation to help with communal living of 17 women (11pm during week and midnight on weekends), and general guidelines around times the TV and computers can be used. Our expectations are generally for safety and ease of communal living (for example it can be hard to sleep in living room if women are watching TV at 1am 2 feet away from you or difficult to sleep when roommates are wandering in and out throughout the night). Women can come and go throughout the day as they see fit, as long as they are meeting regularly with their Housing Support Worker. Women generally have to be up at any point before 10am, which is when the sleeping area is locked for the day. The living/dining room remains open, there are dates and times washers/dryers are available for client use, and women are following their own schedules in terms of viewings, meetings, appointments they may have in the community, seeing friends and family, etc. ... See moreSee less
Parenting in Shelter The majority of families we serve are single mother-led families struggling with income support rates, rising rents and food costs, and just trying to scrape by. Shelter isn't the solution, housing is. ... See moreSee less
Kerry IppolitoI think this myth/backward thinking comes from what people observe in "low/geared-to income" housing projects. The problems that turn people off to these solutiins come from concentrating one "class" (for total lack of a better simple way to say it) in one area.
We desperately need new housing throughout our community. But housing developments need to be mixed income. We need to be smarter with new development and stop marginalizing and/or grouping human beings.
Keep doing the wonderful work you do! 😊