This is Not Home is a community-based, participatory research project that brings together gender-focused, low-barrier drop-in programs serving multiply-marginalized women (cis and trans) and gender-diverse people experiencing homelessness and housing precarity from across Canada. 

Our project aims to learn from the models of practice and service-delivery informing gender-specific, low-barrier drop-in programs, and from the lived expertise of the women and gender-diverse people who access these programs at all levels of the project. 

Program managers, front-line staff, member-researchers (women and gender-diverse people with lived experience of homelessness and housing precarity) and program participants from each research site all played vital roles in our partnership. 

Research Sites:

Sistering (Toronto, ON) 

My Sister’s Place (London ON) 

Willow’s Place, Mission Services (Hamilton ON) 

A Safe Place (Whitehorse YK) 

West Central Women’s Resource Centre (Winnipeg MN) 

Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre (Vancouver BC)


Advisory Partners

  • Atira Women’s Resource Society 

  • Campaign 2000  

  • DisAbled Women’s Network (DAWN) Canada 

  • Yukon Status of Women 

And other advisory and knowledge translation partners with and other advisory and knowledge translation partners with subject matter and policy expertise. 

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