Homelessness is a significant issue for northern families. A YWCA study published in 2007 estimated 1000 women in the Northwest Territories are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Many of them are part of a hidden homelessness problem. They are sleeping on couches or staying in unsafe relationships because they have nowhere else to go.
YWCA NWT has been providing housing to women since it was founded in 1966. We offer housing for families (couples, single parents) at Rockhill. Rents are affordable. The building is safe, with security staff available in the evenings and on weekends. Family support workers are available to help families resolve issues that have made them homeless in the past. Most families stay for up to a year before moving into public housing or the private market.
In the fall of 2014, YWCA NWT opened Lynn's Place (formerly known as BETTY House) which provides housing to women with children and onsite support services.
To find out more about our housing programs, please contact the staff at 867-873-5760.