When people think of homelessness, they imagine homeless men, and that may be because homeless women are less visible — and more vulnerable — according to the YWCA acting director.

Michèle Nadeau of the YWCA in Moncton says the number of women without a home may be much higher than what is reported, because some women don’t feel safe in co-ed shelters.

Instead of going to a shelter, women couch surf with friends or family, sleep in their cars, or they would get a roof over their heads “in exchange for sexual favours,” Nadeau said. That’s why she said Moncton needs a dedicated shelter and more affordable housing for women.