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Sometimes, when a homeless woman gives birth, she leaves the hospital in a blanket and mesh underwear, and nothing else. It’s a grim reminder, says Morgan Chalifoux, manager of the Healthy Empowered and Resilient (HER) Pregnancy Program at Boyle Street Community Services, of the lack of support for some of the city’s most vulnerable people.

For staff at the agency, this story—not an uncommon one—highlights the need for better supports for women experiencing homelessness across both age and background. For Haley Irving—team lead for the adult support team at Boyle Street—this starts with the creation of a facility offering services for women who are just on the cusp of homelessness.