Métis women’s housing precarity is neither well-documented nor well understood. This study examines Métis women’s housing needs; intersecting factors related to housing insecurity; anti-Indigenous housing discrimination; and safe shelter as an essential service and human right.
In this distinctions- and gender-based study informed by community-driven research and engagement sessions, dominant cultural assumptions of economic wealth, social status and housing security are juxtaposed with Métis women’s lived realities, through an examination of the housing needs of Métis women and their families.
In Closing the Gap, LFMO uncovers the housing gaps experienced by Métis women and 2SLGBTQQIA+ Métis, with a focus on the needs and experiences of lone-parent Métis families, 2SLGBTQQIA+ Métis, Métis with disabilities and alternate abilities, and Métis youth. The project includes a housing literature review that examines existing data and statistics focused on the housing and homelessness experiences of Métis women and 2SLGBTQQIA+ Métis.
Métis women’s experiences with housing programs are also examined, including their access and barriers to emergency shelter and transitional housing supports, home-buying and home ownership programs, and home maintenance and repair resources.
Closing the Gap also includes research on the unique circumstances, risks and vulnerabilities of Métis women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ Métis, that expose them to housing precarity and homelessness, and thus to increased risk of violent victimization and MMIWG.
Closing the Gap will include a policy statement to address systemic, anti-Indigenous barriers to safe housing and shelter for Métis women and their children.