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YW Kitchener-Waterloo would like to see an end to homelessness in Waterloo Region. We’d like to see homeless shelters — including ours — put out of business.

But with more than 3,000 households in need of community housing and 1,600 households in need of supportive housing, we’re going to continue to see homelessness in our Region. And men and women and young people and families — particularly those with complex needs — are going to continue to need emergency shelter.Life is precarious for those living in poverty. A balancing act. Keeping your housing. Feeding your kids. It’s like walking a tightrope. You never know when you’re going to fall off. For people living in poverty, emergency shelter is a safety net — the last hope — between them and living on the streets.

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Children's Services

Early learning & childcare


Women's Services

Homelessness & housing 


Youth Services

Girls programs 



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