Housing Issues of Women in Newfoundland and Labrador

Wednesday, July 28 2010

The St. John's Status of Women Council (SJSWC) released a comprehensive study on housing issues of women and other marginalized groups in Newfoundland and Labrador last November.

The complete study (title above) can now be downloaded from our website at www.sjswc.ca . An audio version of the full report is also available on the website. Print copies can be ordered at $15.00 including postage, from the address below.

This research study was carried out through focus groups and conference calls during the winter and spring of 2003.

The report discusses the serious shortage of affordable, accessible, adequate housing for women living on low incomes, single mothers, seniors, people with disabilities, Aboriginal peoples, refugees, immigrants and new Canadians. It talks about the poor condition of much of the province's rental housing, inadequate enforcement of regulations, health and safety issues, etc. In short, the report tells us that many people cannot find or afford suitable housing, and hidden homelessness is growing.

Following the release of the Report, the SJSWC held a province-wide workshop on housing issues. This has led to the formation of a "Housing Policy Working Group," composed of community and government representatives, which is meeting each month by video-conference, to address the recommendations contained in the report.

For further information, please contact:

Jane Robinson
Co-ordinator/ GIA Project Co-ordinator
St. John's Status of Women Council / Women's Centre
83 Military Road
St. John's, NL A1C 2C8
Tel: 753-2820

E-mail: sjstatusofwomen@nf.aibn.com


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