More than just a home
Maimoona is only 22, but the struggles she’s faced extend far beyond her years. At just 19, she was homeless, afraid and completely hopeless.
“I was being physically and emotionally abused at home,” explains Maimoona. “My options were to either commit suicide or run away.”
So she packed the few belongings that could fit in her bag and left, uncertain of what the future held. For the next year and a half, she lived in eight shelters, never knowing if she’d have a safe place to stay for the night.
“Shelters don’t keep you for very long,” she says. “But with only $32 a week to live on, I had nowhere else to go."
Maimoona was one of the more than 28,500 individuals in Canada who experience homelessness on any given night. And it’s an issue that goes far beyond shelter alone. People who are homeless also face isolation, violence and limited or no access to much-needed health care.
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Facts About Homelessness
Every day, individuals and families across Canada face barriers that prevent them from building a good life—from getting the food they need to finding affordable housing. Plagued by high rent costs and a lack of subsidized housing, many people simply can’t afford proper housing.
1 in 10
Canadians live in poverty.
1 in 6
children live in households that struggle to put food on the table.
- Compared to the general Canadian population, life expectancy is 10.8 years shorter for men living in shelters and 8.2 years shorter for women.