Councillor Josh Matlow

Supporting Local YWCA Women’s Shelter

YWCA 1st Stop Woodlawn houses a 56 bed emergency shelter for single homeless women as well as 72 units of permanent housing for single women, creating a mixed community of women in various stages of their lives. YWCA 1st Stop Shelter’s main purpose is to provide emergency shelter services and supports to homeless women and youth.


I was privileged to provide $45,000 through a motion that directed developer’s fees toward the renewal of the shelter’s outdoor green space which will provide:

  • access to a safe, open meeting space for residents of the shelter and tenant community at 80 Woodlawn Avenue East where they can gather and relax outdoors
  • offer an improved environment for social and recreation programming (BBQs, celebrations)
  • improve the safety features of the property so that intruders cannot enter the shelter through the back door


This initiative will improve the shelter’s mission to provide an environment where homeless women feel safe and secure, finding the strength and support they need to achieve their personal goals.


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