Keep folks facing gender-based violence housed by ensuring Yukon Housing policies and other housing supports prevent unnecessary evictions of those experiencing violence.
What is the challenge?
We know from experience on the ground that folks who experience gender-based violence are being evicted as a result of the violence they face. Policies at Yukon Housing, Health and Social Services or the Residential Tenancies Office have not always been written an eye to the unique ways that housing and gender-based violence intersect, nor do they often consider the unique ways 2SLGBTQQIA+ folks experience this violence.
Folks experiencing gender-based violence and their children face homelessness, or precarious housing, especially in the current housing market, when they are evicted because there is violence in the home. We must ensure that policies, especially at Yukon Housing, are designed to support folks facing gender-based violence, instead of further marginalizing and discriminating against them.
WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN:
Organizations that are experts in gender-based violence must be meaningfully included in the development of Yukon Housing and Health and Social Services housing policies in order to ensure that a gender-based lens is applied to these policies. A gender-based lens will ensure that unique supports, funding, violence prevention and response strategies and programs are in place to keep folks facing violence housed and avoid eviction.
WHAT CAN YOU DO:
- Ask Yukon Housing and your local MLA what they are doing to include gender-based analysis and gender equity seeking organizations into their program and policy design.