I met Petrina and her daughter in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Petrina lives with her three children in a women’s shelter, and her husband stays at a men’s shelter on the other side of town.
Families having to split up is often common in homeless services, and can be a road block to families accepting services. Unfortunately, in communities where there is no family specific shelter the only options are remain homeless or split up.
Social assistance provides this family with $688 a month, which makes it challenging to rent an apartment. Daycare is also an issue. The cost of daycare is the reason Petrina had to drop out of school and often becomes a barrier to finding employment.
Special thanks to Salvation Army in Saskatoon