YWCA NWT has released its Annual Report, showcasing their commitment to helping women and families across the Northwest Territories to reach their full potential.
The highlights of the report include:
• Safely housed 122 women with their 53 children at two family violence shelters
• Answered 2450 calls on 24/7 emergency crisis line
• Kept 103 women safe from their abuser through an Emergency Protection Order, more than double the number requested two years ago
• Housed 101 families, including 194 children, and prevented another 96 families from becoming homeless by paying rental arrears and/or outstanding utility bills
• Housed 29 women, with their 19 children, at Lynn’s Safe Place for Women transitional housing
• Engaged 99 youth in empowerment and leadership programs, Dudes Club and GirlSpace
• Provided child-focused, inclusive programming to 226 families at the YWCA NWT Family Centre
• Connected 93 participants with employment readiness training, with 23 finding employment or upgrading their current job
• Provided affordable after-school care to 255 children at Yellowknife schools
This past year, YWCA NWT saw an increase of families who were unable to find affordable housing, and more people coming to the organization who could not afford groceries. While YWCA does not have ongoing funding for food security initiatives, the organization sought out temporary funding to provide food programming to families in need and started the conversation on rent stabilization and the need for government regulation to ensure tenants aren’t forced out of rental housing because of exorbitant increases in rent.