Nisa Homes (NH), a project of the National Zakat Foundation, a registered charity, that operates a network of transitional homes for women and children across the country. Our mission is to provide culturally, religiously, and linguistically responsive transitional housing and casework assistance to our clients for up to three months. We operate ten homes across Canada, located in Mississauga, Ottawa, Scarborough, Windsor, and Hamilton ON; Edmonton and Calgary, AB; Surrey, BC; Montreal, QC; and Halifax, NS. Since our launch in 2015, NH has received more than 10,600 inquiries for support, sheltered over 1,400 women and their children, and assisted over 7,500 clients remotely. NH’s holistic and outcomes focused approach ensures that clients build a sustainable, independent, and self-sufficient future. By leveraging local partnerships, NH strives to support the establishment of flourishing Muslim and ethnic minority communities in which minority women are empowered, help is available, shelter is attainable, and healing is possible. At our Calgary home alone, we have sheltered over 200 women and children and assisted over 130 remote clients remotely since opening in 2019. In 2022 alone, our team received 222 inquiries, sheltered 45 women and 41 children in-home and 54 women and 30 children remotely.
Nisa Homes’ target population includes immigrant, refugee, non-status, and/or Muslim women experiencing intimate partner violence and/or homelessness, poverty, or forced resettlement. NH
provides shelter and assistance for up to three months for women and children living on-site and
continues providing access to resources after their departure. NH’s transitional housing offers shelter and living essentials including food, clothing, medication, and financial assistance. Casework includes a range of one-on-one support services to secure income, employment, and housing. Services include spiritual support, life-skills training, interagency referrals, resume writing, networking, interview skills, applications to relevant resources such as immigration paperwork or financial assistance, and more. NH also runs a mental wellness program that offers confidential supportive counselling during the clients’ stay. Referrals to free, subsidized, or private counselling and connections to community programs are also provided.