Everyone has a place to call home.


We are dedicated to enhancing people’s lives through the creation of communities that provide affordable, safe and secure housing.


Entre Nous Femmes Housing Society (ENF) was founded in 1984 and became a registered nonprofit society in 1985, by three women who wanted to improve their lives and the lives of other single mothers and their children. ENF is one of the first women led community housing development organizations in Canada that geared housing development to meet the needs of single parent families.

The name “Entre Nous Femmes” came about after the founders April English, Leslie Stern and Mia Cross realized they needed a name for their newly founded organization that reflected both the inclusive and non-hierarchical model of creating spaces for women and the belief that they could develop their own housing in a non-traditional way. They gathered one evening, armed with a pot of tea and a bottle of wine, and with the help of an English and French dictionary, they came up with the name “Entre Nous Femmes” April took responsibility for the name. Growing up in a francophone community she believed a French name would reflect both the potential and opportunity to create something new and unique, and also speak to the collaboration and connection between this group of women.  “Entre Nous Femmes” in its translation is “Amongst us Women”, speaks not to the individual but about “us together” in community. A philosophy ENF still follows today.