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Women’s Housing Support

The Women’s Housing Support program provides practical and emotional support to women living on low incomes, by addressing the issues affecting women’s ability to remain stable in housing. Our staff work to keep women housed by providing drop-in support, group sessions and one-on-one appointments. Our staff have found women often need support to navigate the systems and services available in Kamloops and meet this need by providing the means and information to access resources and support through a focus on problem solving.

The overall goal of the program is to increase the number of women who are housed in safe, affordable and appropriate circumstances. Since the program was established in 2009, it has provided services to an average of 650 women in Kamloops and surrounding areas each year, with an estimated 85% who sustain their housing while in contact with the program and immediately thereafter.

How to Access the Program:

Drop in Hours: Tuesdays, 1-4 pm and Wednesdays, 1-4 pm.

For personalized one on one support, women can drop-in between 1:00 – 3:45pm on Tuesdays or Wednesdays to meet with a Women’s Support Worker/Group Facilitator at the Elizabeth Fry office. No referral is needed. Appointments can also be made at other times for personalized support.

Monthly Group Sessions

For generalized support in a group setting, women can attend the free monthly group sessions that will be offered at the Elizabeth Fry office to focus on specific issues and topics. Topics vary monthly and are in response to requests of attendees. Groups are generally held once per month on a Thursday, and refreshments are provided. Space is limited for each group session, so please call or drop in to save your spot and to find out about upcoming topics. Keep an eye on our News feed to find out when the next session is!

To register please call Janet @ 250-374-2119 ext. 205 or email advocate2@nullkamloopsefry.com or drop-in to register at the front desk

While women’s needs are varied, we have found that by the time most women reach out for help there is more than one issue in which they need support. Our staff have found finances and housing are the two consistent needs of individuals accessing the program. Other topics include household management, bill paying, self-advocacy related to tenancy issues, income assistance and income security issues, transitioning to a new living situation, filling out forms and documents, navigating the court system, divorce, physical and mental wellness, nutrition, and a range of topics on how to become self sufficient and independent.

Essential to the success of the program is the ability of the staff delivering it to establish professional, positive, trusting relationships with the women accessing the service. Research shows that women require a safe environment in which they have developed a connection with the person providing the service in order to receive the most benefit. Our staff recognize that when a woman’s housing is at risk, she may only come forward for individual, rather than group support and schedule time to take individual meeting(s) to address women’s unique situations.

As our staff are building trust and relationships with this population, we have seen an increase in demand for the program. Group sessions have more than tripled in attendance in the past year and case load is increasing each month. Group sessions also provide women a networking circle of friends that share services and knowledge in areas they need assistance; facilitating organic peer support.

Keep an eye on our News reel for upcoming Group Events! For more information or for one-on-one personal support, please give us a call, email, or drop by our office.

Dawn: courtwork@nullkamloopsefry.com or 250.374.2119

Janet: advocate2@nullkamloopsefry.com or 250.374.2119 ex. 205