Canada Homeless

$11 Billion Can End Homelessness In Canada

Jino Distasio | Posted 04.18.2017 | Canada Politics
Jino Distasio

Budget 2017 earmarked a whopping $11 billion for housing and homelessness. There's no doubt this will have a big impact. However, these funds must not only build affordable housing, they must align with poverty reduction strategies and mental health and recovery initiatives if we are to truly reduce long-term homelessness.

The Day I Learned That There's No One Face Of Youth Homelessness

360⁰kids | Posted 03.02.2017 | Canada Impact
360⁰kids

Nothing suggested this person was dealing with serious issues: they wore the coolest new sneakers, played video games late into the night, and often would speak in a mix of Internet jargon and meme jokes. There was no way this youth could be homeless, I thought.

This Is The Harsh Reality Of Youth Homelessness

360⁰kids | Posted 02.27.2017 | Canada Living
360⁰kids

When there are no beds, homeless youth often resort to sleeping in garages, in abandoned trailers and buildings or even worse, in forests and fields and other hidden places across the region. They are vulnerable to illness, emotional trauma, criminal threats and violence.

What I Learned From Spending A Cold, Dark Night 'Homeless'

360⁰kids | Posted 02.23.2017 | Canada Impact
360⁰kids

A few winters ago, I spent one extraordinary night wandering the streets of York Region, experiencing first-hand what homeless youth from our community go through every night. Organizers wanted us to better understand what homeless youth in York Region face every night.

From Homelessness To Affordable Housing Advocate

YWCA Toronto | Posted 10.17.2016 | Canada Politics
YWCA Toronto

We need access to safe, affordable housing now. The government must act. There is so much trauma and pain I could have avoided if I had only received the support I needed. I experienced homelessness for 1,346 days. I should have never been without a home.

Canada's Housing Crisis Is A Public Health Emergency

Dr Ryan Meili | Posted 10.05.2016 | Canada Politics
Dr Ryan Meili

One of the biggest factors that determines whether people will stay healthy or wind up needing emergency or chronic medical care is where they live. People without access to stable housing are at higher risk of illness, and their likelihood of recovering well from that illness is greatly diminished.

Man Found Dead In B.C. Charity Donation Bin

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 08.23.2016 | Canada British Columbia

The death does not appear to be suspicious, said police.

Tent City Outside Victoria Courthouse To Get Running Water, Toilet

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.14.2016 | Canada British Columbia

Tents, tarps and pallets cover the ground in a park next to the court house in downtown Victoria.

Bad Laws Are Worse Than Bad Enforcement

DJ Larkin | Posted 04.16.2017 | Canada Politics
DJ Larkin

Unlike those of us with homes and adequate incomes, people living in poverty are targeted and ticketed for activities necessary to their survival: sleeping in a park, vending goods on the sidewalk, or even setting up a basic shelter such as a tarp or a box in order to survive the night. Municipal bylaws prohibiting those activities stand in the way of people's safety and survival.

A Good Budget Can Offer A Blueprint For Our Health

Wellesley Institute | Posted 03.09.2017 | Canada Politics
Wellesley Institute

Our health is shaped by where we live, grow, play and work. When you think about it, budgets are really a blueprint for our health. A good budget is one that provides opportunities for good health for all Ontarians, and this budget moves us in the right direction on postsecondary education and climate change.

Homelessness Isn't Always Something You Can See

360⁰kids | Posted 03.04.2017 | Canada Living
360⁰kids

I am fading in and out of the conversation -- lost between the hum of the bus and the fact that it's after 10 p.m. On any regular night, I'd be getting ready to go to bed and thinking about school the next day. Tonight I'm trying to get out of -20 degrees Celsius and find us all a bed.

I Will Never Look At Youth Homelessness The Same Again

360⁰kids | Posted 02.22.2017 | Canada Living
360⁰kids

I can't truly explain how exhausting, challenging and incredibly cold this night was. I had been given a real-life scenario of a homeless youth as a part of 360°kids' 360°Experience. Our experience had us stepping into the shoes of a 16-year-old male, who was unsafe at home and had to leave quickly to save himself.

Activists Using UN To Pressure Trudeau On Housing, Social Justice

CP | Colin Perkel | Posted 02.18.2017 | Canada Politics

TORONTO — Activists from across the country are planning to use a United Nations review in Geneva next week to highlight what they see as Canada's ...

B.C. Can't Take Another Four Years Of Christy Clark

Sarah Miller | Posted 02.09.2017 | Canada Politics
Sarah Miller

The people of B.C. are waking up, big time. I'm sure this scares the hell out of Clark, who might finally be coming to the realization that every scandal, misstep or moronic statement can't be fixed with a smiling photo op in a hard hat.

How One Toronto Art Piece Shines A Light On Homelessness

Tim MacLeod | Posted 02.08.2017 | Canada Impact
Tim MacLeod

Over the past decade, Canada has seen a proliferation of high quality, thoughtful research on homelessness. We now know that homelessness is caused by a combination of individual and systemic factors from unemployment and disability, to lack of coordinated services and a hostile housing market. While the solutions to homelessness are complex, the cause is simple: a lack of affordable housing.

Responding To Negative News: Spread Light, Be A Changemaker

Shujaat Wasty | Posted 12.17.2016 | Canada Impact
Shujaat Wasty

For every tragic incident in the world today, there are countless more women and men humanitarians -- changemakers -- making the world a better place in their own respective capacities. Light is more potent and powerful in effacing darkness; let's each of us resolve to spread more light around us, in our communities, and throughout our world.

Supportive Housing Brightened My Most Difficult Holidays

Street Haven | Posted 12.15.2016 | Canada Impact
Street Haven

It can be an especially challenging time of year when you are not in contact with your family. I spent most of my youth estranged from my family, feeling isolated and living in poverty. Christmastime can serve as a painful reminder of what is missing from your life.

Saskatoon's Housing Crisis Is a Health Emergency

Dr Ryan Meili | Posted 10.02.2016 | Canada Impact
Dr Ryan Meili

Despite a strong economy, Saskatchewan has a deficit in access to safe and affordable housing. The Saskatoon Housing Initiatives Partnership performed a "point-in-time" count of people without a home on a given night and found 405 people. The number from these counts has steadily increased. What's especially disturbing is that 45 of the homeless individuals in this year's count were children. Across Canada, an estimated 235,000 people will experience homelessness in the course of a year, with 35,000 homeless on any given night. Beyond those who are homeless, many Canadians struggle to maintain the housing they have.

Joshua Ostroff

There's A Solution For Mental Health Homelessness In Canada. And It's Cheaper Than Doing Nothing

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 01.27.2016 | Canada Living

"They understand you, they help you. I feel safe living here."

A Bowl of Soup For Humanity

Jordan Sterling | Posted 09.30.2016 | Canada Living
Jordan Sterling

I had a very interesting experience yesterday at work during a shift that was otherwise destined for infinite nothingness. I'm a bartender at a corp...

Homeless Woman Trapped In Donation Bin Stops Breathing

The Huffington Post B.C. | Andree Lau | Posted 09.30.2015 | Canada British Columbia

She was rushed to hospital in serious condition.

Joshua Ostroff

After Seven Years Living On The Streets, How Curtis Got Back Inside. In His Own Words

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 09.28.2015 | Canada Impact

So when did it go wrong? I don't know if it was ever really good.

Victoria's Homeless Given $20 'Consulting Fee' To Attend Meeting

The Huffington Post B.C. | Andree Lau | Posted 09.20.2015 | Canada British Columbia

The mayor is defending a decision to pay $20 each to nearly 400 homeless people to participate in a meeting on housing options.

Finding Shelter for Homeless LGBT Youth

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 08.28.2016 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Earlier this summer, Canada's first transitional housing dedicated to LGBT youth opened in Toronto--the YMCA's Sprott House. Reading about this great initiative raised our awareness about an issue that needs to be on the radar of all Canadians -- the unacceptable rate of LGBT youth who have no place to call home. LGBT youth become homeless for much of the same reasons as other young people -- family conflict, abuse, mental health issues and addiction. LGBT youth also experience higher rates of mental health and addiction issues in large part because of discrimination.

I May Not Look Homeless, But I Am

Street Haven | Posted 08.21.2016 | Canada Living
Street Haven

A lot of people have the perception that shelter life today is for the junkie, the uneducated, the criminal or the battered wife seeking refuge from her abusive partner. In my experience, most of the people I have met in the shelter system are there for a variety of reasons. In the shelter I have met bank tellers, writers, students and even retirees.