Did you know, in Canada almost half of the homeless population is female. So before this pandemic was even on our radar, there was a homeless crisis in Canada. In Niagara, we’re facing similar homelessness issues. According to the Niagara Region, more than 300 people are homeless each night, with 125 staying in emergency shelters and 134 staying in temporary or transitional housing. Last year, YWCA Niagara Region served more than 500 women and 230 children, either providing emergency shelter or transitional housing support. Organizations like the YWCA are doing incredible work in the community to support women and children; there is no question about that. But what COVID-19 has shown us, is that our governments has failed to develop emergency protocols and policies that support diverse populations, especially women, in a time of crisis.