On March 8, 2023, International Women’s Day, Charity Hospital, in cooperation with “INGO. Crisis Center for Women,” is launching a joint project, “Hearth (without) home – help a homeless woman in St. Petersburg”.
Why we’re doing this
Statistics show that 20% of homeless people on the street are women. At the same time, women on the street are much more likely than men to experience violence. Many of them have difficulty with hygiene and are afraid to seek help. Sometimes homeless women enter into partnerships with men just to ensure their temporary safety from outside factors. Unfortunately, many of these relationships are emotionally and physically abusive.
That said, there is no single list of organizations that specifically help only homeless women. Even professionals sometimes find it difficult to know where to refer a woman when she is in trouble.
How this works
We have put together a list of places in St. Petersburg where women can get help for free: to sleep, eat, do laundry, get psychological and legal help. Also, on helpingwomen.ru, there is a form for donations – with the funds transferred from you, we can put homeless women who ask for help in a hostel.
One night in the hostel costs 450 rubles, and sometimes that’s enough to take a breather and decide what to do next.
This project is a collaboration between the Autonomous Non-Commercial Organization of Medical and Social Assistance “Charity Hospital” and the St. Petersburg Regional Public Organization “INGO. Crisis Center for Women.”