The Shelter and Housing Justice Network (SHJN) is a collective of homelessness and housing advocates, shelter providers, healthcare professionals, faith leaders, legal workers, and researchers who have come together to address the issue of homelessness in Canada on a local, provincial, and national level.

Responding to the homelessness crisis through a humanitarian approach, SHJN seeks to raise awareness and demand change as it relates to emergency shelter, social housing, and the protection of human rights. Operating under the mantra of “shelter rights, housing rights, human rights” SHJN seeks immediate action and long-term sustainable solutions in the shelter and housing sectors.

SHJN’s mandate includes:

  • Ensuring safety, dignity and autonomy for those experiencing homelessness;
    Ensuring access to housing for all regardless of age, race, faith, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability, income, or immigration status;
  • Advocating the re-establishment of a national social housing supply program in Canada;
  • Enhancing access to critical services and supports that not only assist individuals and families currently experiencing homelessness, but also prevent those who are at-risk of becoming home-less from being forced to live on the streets or in precarious circumstances.
  • Advocating the re-establishment of a national social housing supply program in Canada;
  • Enhancing access to critical services and supports that not only assist individuals and families currently experiencing homelessness, but also prevent those who are at-risk of becoming home-less from being forced to live on the streets or in precarious circumstances.