Homelessness is a crisis for women and gender-diverse people in our community and across Canada. There is a severe lack of affordable housing, meaning women are separated from their children due to poverty. Moreover, they experience physical and sexual assault on the streets, and remain in situations of abuse just to maintain a roof over their heads. It is a human rights crisis and it's happening in one of the wealthiest countries in the world. Two groups highlighted this gendered crisis in their recent human rights claims to the federal housing advocate: the Women’s National Housing & Homelessness Network and the National Indigenous Feminist Housing Working Group. These claims spotlight the federal government’s failure to adequately address housing needs and homelessness for marginalized women and gender-diverse people, including through the national housing strategy. I strongly support these claims. If housing really is a human right in Canada, as stated in the National Housing Strategy Act, we need to make that meaningful in the lives of people who are suffering most. These claims are a critical first step for holding the Government of Canada accountable for fully realizing the right to housing. Hubert Mimeault Gatineau, Que.