Homelessness is national crisis for women and gender-diverse people in our community and across Canada. There is a severe lack of affordable housing in Ottawa, meaning women are separated from their children due to poverty, experience physical and sexual assault on the street, and remain in situations of abuse just to maintain a roof over their heads. It is a human rights crisis happening in one of the wealthiest countries in the world. Two groups highlighted this epidemic in their recent Human Rights Claims to the Federal Housing Advocate: the Women’s National Housing and Homelessness Network and the National Indigenous Feminist Housing Working Group. These claims spotlight the federal government’s failure to adequately address housing need and homelessness for marginalized women and gender-diverse people, including through the National Housing Strategy. I support these filed claims. If housing is a human right in Canada, as stated in the National Housing Strategy Act, we need to see this reflected in the lives of those suffering the most. These claims are a critical first step for holding the Government of Canada accountable for fully realizing the right to housing. To learn more, visit: womenshomelessness.ca/humanrightsclaims/ Alexandra Zannis Ottawa, Ont.