Low-income women need a stronger voice in shaping housing policy
by Patty Pitts
Although 16 per cent of Victoria's women live in poverty, they have virtually no voice in developing the policies and designing the housing they need, according to a report by Status of Women Canada.
The report studied the housing concerns of women living on low incomes in Victoria, Regina and Saint John. While it found low
"I was surprised at the invisibility of women when it came to issues of housing policy and design," says Dr. Marge Reitsma-Street of UVic's faculty of human and social develop
Housing Policy Options for Women Living in Urban Poverty: An Action Research Project in Three Canadian Cities draws from previously unpublished 1996 census data relating to women, poverty and housing in the three cities. In Greater Victoria, researchers also conducted a community-based assessment of housing needs in 1998 and 1999, and analysed municipal and regional housing policies.
The report's other Victoria
The report concludes that over two-thirds of women living in low-income households spent 30 per cent or more of their gross income on shelter expenses. This applies to over 21,000 households in Victoria, over 11,000 households in Regina and nearly 9,000 households in Saint John.
The majority of these low-
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