Women

"A combination of mental health issues as well as an abusive boyfriend, when I was seventeen, led me to a homeless shelter for the first time." I never wanted to be homeless; no one wants to be homeless. Most people have a million excuses for why things like this happen. For me, it was a...
My name is Emily Fox and I want to write a bit about what it is like to be homeless. People think that when someone has nothing the best thing to do is to replace what they have lost and then the person should be able to rebuild their lives. If only homelessness were that easy to fix. If giving...
This interview was done in 2008 to bring to life the findings from the 2002-2005 Panel Study on Homelessness in Ottawa.
I was abused by my ex partner, who is also my children’s father, for ten and a half years. I had four children with him - Angela, Rosalie, Mike, and Jackson. I was beat all throughout my first pregnancy, and as a result my girl Angela was born a month early. She did not develop properly and was...
A single parent living on the outskirts of Vancouver, Nadine’s transient, poorly paid jobs made it hard to make ends meet and to provide for her three-and five-year old daughters. She worried constantly that they would lose their home. A friend suggested that Nadine check out BladeRunners, a...
We are the women of the Downtown Eastside Power of Women group. Our aim is to empower ourselves through our experiences, and to raise awareness from our own perspectives about the issues affecting the neighbourhood. We believe that the cycles of violence, discrimination, substance use, poor health...

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