Fostering a better understanding of homelessness

In the fall of 2017, a research report entitled Intervention novatrice auprès des femmes en état d’itinérance : l’approche relationnelle de La rue des Femmes [An innovative intervention in aid of homeless women: La rue des Femmes’ relational approach] was published at the Université du Québec à Montréal.

Undertaken in partnership with the Protocole UQÀM/Relais-femmes, the Institut de recherches et d’études féministes (IREF) and the Groupe de recherche sur l’inscription sociale et identitaire des jeunes adultes (GRIJA), this report validated the effectiveness of the relational-health-based approach developed by La rue des Femmes.


Transferring our expertise in relational health

The intervention approach adopted by La rue des Femmes is focused on relational health. This “relational approach”, as we call it, is characterized by universal acceptance, unconditional love, and professional care and therapy adapted to the specific needs of every participant.


All of La rue des Femme’s counsellors and interns receive regular training in our relational approach:

  • When they first start working at La rue des Femmes;
  • During team meetings;
  • During supervision meetings with a psychotherapist.


La rue des Femmes also offers training in relational health and interventions to other organizations. For example, our team provided training sessions to security agents working at the Grande Bibliothèque in the winter of 2018.