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2013 Homelessness Marathon – Live segment on health and precarious housing in Hamilton


Recent cuts to the Community Start Up and Maintenance Benefit, “put men and women at risk of homelessness.” photo: Danielle Major

On February 20th, HJRC in collaboration with Health Providers Against Poverty, YWCA and CFMU 93.3 FM brought the 2013 Homelessness Marathon to Hamilton. The marathon is a live national 14 hour radio broadcast about Homelessness and Housing
Issues, heard across the country by over 40 campus community radio
stations with a focus on the voices of those directly impacted.

According to a 2011 report prepared by the Social Planning and Research Council, in Hamilton, shelter usage by women is increasing, while shelter use by men is decreasing. There are 195 men only beds, 127 for women, 90% of which are specifically designated for women fleeing violence . Women’s shelters routinely turn away clients owing to lack of capacity.

On today’s episode of HJRC, we speak with six courageous women who tell us how precarious housing in Hamilton has impacted their health.

(Copied from Healthjusticeradio blog: click here)


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Project Aimed to Prevent Violence against Women Launched at McMaster University


Project Aimed to Prevent Violence against Women Launched at McMaster University

For Immediate Release

Hamilton, ON – February 25, 2013 – SACHA , the Sexual Assault Centre (Hamilton & Area) , in partnership with YWCA Hamilton, have begun a project at McMaster University to engage students in preventing violence against women on campus.  The project is funded by Status of Women Canada and McMaster University is one of the college and university campuses across Canada where this work will begin over the next two years.

The project launch is scheduled for Thursday March 7th at 2:30pm in the McMaster University Student Centre Atrium. The McMaster community will be welcoming keynote speaker Charlotte Yates, Dean of Social Sciences, as well as University President Patrick Deane and various student leaders to comment on the importance of such a project on campus.

“Through this important project, we hope to further the great work of the Anti-Violence Network and other groups on campus that have committed themselves to ending gender-based violence,” says Lenore Lukasik-Foss, Director of SACHA.

The project includes many facets, including but not limited to – a comprehensive student engagement strategy, a gender-based analysis of relevant university policies, and an education and awareness campaign. The goal of the launch is to publicize the work being done on campus to address the issue, and to generate conversations amongst students about the very complex issue of violence against women, specifically in a university setting.

More events will be scheduled throughout 2013 and 2014, with the project coming to completion in the summer of 2014.

What: Launch of project to prevent violence against women at McMaster University

Where: McMaster University Student Centre (MUSC) Atrium

When: Thursday March 7th, 2013 @ 2:30 p.m.


For more information please contact,

Lenore Lukasik-Foss

905 525-5276 ext 223