Charitable Choices: Anthony Wttewaall of Women’s Housing Foundation

The Women’s Housing Foundation (WHF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to offering safe and affordable housing solutions specifically tailored for single women experiencing homelessness. Their overarching mission is to provide a supportive environment that enables women to rebuild their lives and attain independence. Notably, WHF has embarked on a special initiative—the Indigenous Single Mother Project—focusing on addressing the unique challenges faced by Indigenous single women. In this series, we had the privilege of conversing with Anthony Wttewaall, Program Director at WHF, to gain insights into their impactful work and the nuances of their efforts, particularly within the context of the Indigenous Single Mother Project.

Women's Housing Foundation

Describe your charity/non-profit/volunteer work in a few sentences.

The Women’s Housing Foundation (WHF) specializes in offering housing solutions for women in need, with a particular focus on single mothers who require a safe and supportive place to live. Our mission centres around providing a secure and nurturing environment, recognizing the unique challenges faced by single mothers.

What problem does it aim to solve?

The Women’s Housing Foundation aims to address the critical issue of homelessness among single mothers. The organization is dedicated to providing safe and affordable housing solutions for women in need, particularly those facing the unique challenges of raising children on their own. By offering stable and supportive living environments, the Women’s Housing Foundation strives to alleviate the hardships associated with finding suitable housing, allowing single mothers and their children to escape the cycle of homelessness. The ultimate goal is to empower these women, fostering independence and creating a foundation for a more secure and hopeful future for both mothers and their families.

When did you start/join it?

With two decades of experience in the housing industry, we bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our mission. For the past five years, we have been dedicated to providing housing solutions specifically tailored for low-income women and children. Despite our longstanding presence in the housing sector, our nonprofit organization has officially been in existence for the past two years. This milestone marks the formalization of our commitment to addressing the unique needs of vulnerable populations and reflects our ongoing dedication to creating positive and lasting impacts in the communities we serve.

What made you want to get involved?

Understanding the challenges faced by single mothers firsthand, I am acutely aware of the extraordinary difficulties these women encounter while navigating the journey of parenthood on their own. Witnessing the daily struggles, such as financial constraints and the daunting task of finding suitable housing, has illuminated the pressing need for support and resources in their lives. It is this personal connection that fuels my commitment to making a positive impact and underscores the importance of our work in providing housing solutions specifically designed to alleviate the burdens faced by single mothers and their children.

What was the situation like when you started?

Acknowledging the persistent and challenging nature of the situation, it’s evident that the difficulties faced by single mothers in providing for their families and securing suitable housing have been longstanding. The enduring nature of these challenges underscores the urgency and importance of dedicated efforts to address and improve the circumstances for single mothers. By recognizing the longstanding struggles, we can work towards implementing effective and sustainable solutions to create a more supportive environment for these resilient individuals and their families.

How has it changed since?

Indeed, the current state of society has reached a crisis point, especially concerning homelessness, which has almost reached epidemic proportions. The urgency of the situation underscores the critical need to find effective and immediate solutions to address the housing challenges faced by individuals, particularly those with children. Creating a safe and stable home environment is crucial for families to thrive, and it requires a collective effort to tackle the root causes of homelessness and implement sustainable strategies. By working together, we can strive to create a society where every individual, especially mothers and their children, has access to the basic human right of a secure and nurturing home.

What more needs to be done?

The need for providing homes goes beyond mere shelter; it encompasses creating a space where individuals, especially single mothers and their children, can feel safe, secure, and surrounded by warmth and love. It’s about fostering an environment that nurtures family bonds and shields them from the harsh realities of fear and scarcity. By prioritizing the creation of such homes, we contribute not only to addressing the immediate need for shelter but also to the overall well-being and stability of these families. It is a fundamental step towards breaking the cycle of homelessness and providing a foundation for a brighter and more hopeful future.

How can our readers help?

The assistance of the public and readers is invaluable in facilitating connections with indigenous groups and bands interested in partnering with us to support housing initiatives. Numerous funding opportunities emphasize the significance of collaborative endeavours, making the involvement of these communities essential to our shared goal of providing housing solutions.

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Stephanie Prentice, originally from Southern Ontario, now calls Alberta home, where she thrives on embracing life to the fullest. As a dedicated grant writer, she uses her expertise to support non-profit organizations in making a difference. In her spare time, Stephanie crafts sustainably developed mittens to combat Canadian winters. A true people person, Stephanie enjoys building connections and engaging with diverse communities. She's an adventurous soul, equally at home exploring new destinations or cherishing cozy moments. With a passion for travel and a crisp new passport, she's always ready for her next adventure, whether it's discovering warm beaches or hidden gems in the Rockies. Join Stephanie as she continues to advocate for causes close to her heart and make a positive impact wherever she goes.