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Putman Family YWCA

The Need

Rent prices in Hamilton have skyrocketed more than 14 per cent in the last year alone, leaving many with the impossible choice of paying for shelter or paying for food. The waiting list for social housing in Hamilton is over 6,000 people and counting, and on any given night, between 300-400 women experience homelessness.

Women face unique barriers in securing safe and affordable housing and are the most vulnerable of those who are homeless. A stable home is a key determinant of overall health. For many women and children, safe and secure housing is a haven, a building block for the future and protection from abuse.

Our goal is to provide women and children with the stability of a home and the resources and opportunities required to rebuild their lives.

Affordable Housing


Community Space

Safe and Inclusive


Our Progress

Tenants will begin moving in late summer 2021. All units are currently reserved.


A Hamilton First

The Putman Family YWCA is Hamilton’s first affordable housing residence for women and their children.

Of the 50 units, 15 were reserved for women living with a developmental disability. Priority for all units was given to women from marginalized communities, who are Indigenous, who have experienced domestic violence and/or homelessness.

The Putman Family YWCA will also house spaces designed for community gathering, as well as an Innovation Centre, community garden, flexible space for seniors and health and wellness programming.

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