More support needed to address women’s homelessness in Hamilton

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Despite an increase in funding, the crisis continues, a new report shows

Supporting Our Sisters saved Tamara Hinds’ life.

Without her son and help from the wraparound program for women experiencing homelessness, the 47-year-old said she “wouldn’t be here” today.

“Literally — not just homeless,” she told a Spectator editorial board meeting Monday.

Hinds, who sits on a table of women with lived experience as part of the Women’s Housing Planning Collaborative (WHPC), has had her own “cute little place” for more than a year after moving from shelter to shelter, couch surfing and being forced into unsafe situations for almost six years.

“Right now, it doesn’t matter how cold it gets outside because I have hope,” she said.

Despite success stories like Hinds, more funding is needed locally for longer-term solutions for women’s homelessness such as the comprehensive support offered through the Supporting Our Sisters program, according to a new report by the Social Planning and Research Council called “How’s the Weather Now?” being released Wednesday.

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Article and image source: Hamilton Spectator

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