The challenges related to homelessness for women, girls, and gender diverse people are not insurmountable, but they are different than those for men.

That’s according to Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing MP, Carol Hughes.

Hughes delivered a statement in parliament yesterday citing the Women’s National Housing and Homelessness Network.

The network calls homelessness amongst women, girls, and gender diverse peoples in Canada a crisis hiding in plain sight.

Hughes says the extent of the problem is difficult to fully understand due to the hidden nature of their homelessness and the way women tend to avoid traditional shelters and other options since these spaces tend to be dominated by men, which in turn puts women at risk.

Hughes says the Network has identified eight key challenges and opportunities that could prevent and end homelessness so they feel the challenges can be overcome with the right supports in place.

Hughes adds while there is a plan to allocate 25% of Housing Strategy funds for the unique needs of women and girls, it is critical that more priority be given to the situation in light of the effects of the pandemic.