The National Women’s Shelter Network is a powerful national network of women’s homeless shelters from across the country. We come together as one for collaborative action, information sharing, and elevating the voices of women with lived homeless experience and those who serve them, to prevent and bring an end to homelessness.
A world of racial, social and gender equity, free of violence against women and children, where every woman and child will have a safe home and in times of transition, a trauma informed safe haven with deep protective factors, to assure they can heal, grow, thrive and blossom into who they are meant to be.
To advance the status of women and children experiencing homelessness in our country and bring an end to homelessness. The National Women’s Shelter Network does so by: joining forces as a network and elevating the voices of women with lived homeless experience from across the country; showcasing best practices and innovation for women and children experiencing homelessness; conducting and sharing research and information; offer training and capacity building; identifying gaps and needs and developing informed public and social policies; raising public awareness and education; and advancing solutions to end and prevent homelessness. We recognize that the solutions to ending homelessness are founded on equity for women and their children, and an engine of social and economic prosperity for all.
Women’s homeless shelters are the last resort and final safety net for the most vulnerable in our country, traumatized women and children of little to no means, many with unmet medical and mental health needs and multiple layers of victimization from childhood to adulthood, struggling to survive, heal, learn, grow and thrive, keep their families intact and alive, and all too often fleeing domestic or intimate partner violence. In the National Women’s Shelter Network, we come together to make our voices heard and advance the status of women and children experiencing homelessness, nearly all of whom have domestic violence and other serious trauma histories and are among the most vulnerable in our country.