In our work we are privileged to meet incredible women every day, many of them mothers on very low income. They are struggling to give their children what we all want: a safe affordable place where they can create 'home'. We have noticed a concerning change in the last year, in the volume of calls we are receiving. We are hearing from more and more single mothers and families. They need emergency shelter in a time of crisis. Halifax is not alone in facing this dilemma. Family homelessness is a huge burden for the country and for those persons experiencing it. Putting an End to Child and Family Homelessness in Canada was published earlier this year and reports “Children who live in homelessness run the risk of doing poorly in school, developing negative health and mental health outcomes, having behavioral issues and struggling to exit poverty as adults. Research into the causes of youth and adult homelessness shows a connection to their living situation and experiences as a child. By focusing on prevention and ending children’s homelessness, we are able to stem the flow of people into homelessness in later years."