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Thanks to Centraide, Dounia has a home where she can feel safe

Essential needs
March 1, 2016 •  By Centraide
Témoignage Dounia

“I was really worried about ending up on the street.”

An agency whose mission is to help the most disadvantaged in society to access housing, was able to lend a hand to Dounia.

Shortly after she received refugee status in Canada, Dounia went to a shelter for abused women. But when her stay was over, she had no one to turn to for help. She had very little money and, as a refugee, she wasn’t eligible for subsidized public housing or housing co-ops.

An agency supported by Centraide, whose mission is to help the most disadvantaged in society to access housing, was able to lend a hand. Dounia learned she was eligible to apply for a social housing program and, one month later, she moved into a housing NPO. She now has a place to feel settled – a home where she can feel safe. And while her means are still limited, she’s now able to look forward to the future, and she feels ready to build a new life.