My Aunt's Place
In 2009, the YWCA opened a permanent facility housing homeless single women and women with children, after operating in a temporary location over the winter of 2008-09. Adapting from the Housing First model of service, My Aunt’s Place focuses on developing relationships with landlords and seeking safe, affordable housing for the families. In addition, an Outreach Worker works with the families after they have left the shelter to ensure the necessary supports are in place in order to keep stable housing. The facility accommodates 22 nightly, and operates at close to 100% capacity.
According to Statistics Canada, housing prices in Regina rose 23.1% between August, 2007 and August, 2008. Since then, prices have continued to rise, and vacancy rates for rental accommodation have been among the lowest in the country. While for some this has created a profit, for others it has created a problem. For still others, it has resulted in crisis. The least fortunate in our city are having difficulty finding any affordable housing at all. Many of these are women and children.
YWCA Regina is committed to a community where all women and children have their basic needs met. My Aunt's Place is a temporary YWCA shelter for those facing the crisis of homelessness. With 24 hour staffing, the program is prepared to support people in moving toward stability.