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Initiative Profiles


Herstreet / La rue des Femmes de Montréal

Lead Organization: Herstreet / La rue des Femmes de Montréal
Location: Montréal, Québec (Province), Serving: Montréal

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Three integrated components are located in Olga House. The overnight shelter for homeless women has 23 spaces, of which 20 are separate rooms for short, medium, and long stays as well as emergency shelter. The day centre welcomes destitute and at risk women while facilitating preventative and follow up work with them. The structure-building activities program gives women an opportunity to heal and take control of their lives. The program includes individual counselling, housing support (finding an apartment, negotiations, budget), as well as physical therapy (e.g. stress management, massages) and physical and creative activities (i.e. painting, sculpture, crafts, photography, percussion).

About the Initiative

Types of Activities: Shelter provision, Direct service provision, Housing provision, Client advocacy

Principal Clients: Facing racism / discrimination, Ex-offenders, Concurrent disorders, Living with mental illness, Women, Substance abuse, Newcomers, Hard-to-house, HIV / AIDS, Victims of violence

Scope: Regional

Setting: Urban

Started: January 1994 to: ongoing

Annual Budget: Greater than $250,000

Types of Funding: Regional Health and Social Safety Board Montréal-Centre; City of Montreal; private foundations; businesses; religious communities.

Offers Services In: French, English


Mailing Address: Herstreet / La rue des Femmes de Montréal
1050, rue Jeanne-Mance, Montréal, Québec (Province) H2Z 1L7

Contact Person: Léonie Couture, Director



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This listing was last updated on: February 16, 2004

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