Canada Homelessness

Canadians Want A Rights-Based National Housing Strategy

Megan Hooft | Posted 11.23.2016 | Canada Politics
 Megan Hooft

The recognition of housing as a human right by Minister Duclos' office could be the turning point -- not just for how we view housing, but for poverty and other economic rights violations as well. To see housing as a right looks beyond the physical structure of a shelter to a number of other factors: access to sanitation, location, and access to services or employment, community, security of tenure, and cultural adequacy, as well as other rights such as health, life and dignity.

Housing Must Be Seen As A Basic Human Right

Zarah Tinholt | Posted 10.25.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Zarah Tinholt

Recognizing housing as a fundamental human right could be viewed as a dangerous proposition for many who treat housing as a business. It opens the door for lawsuits against both businesses and governments who fail to take the issue seriously.

Vision Vancouver Policies All Empty Gestures And No Substance

David Fine | Posted 10.18.2016 | Canada British Columbia
David Fine

We have a civic government whose policies seem to be motivated more by sentiment rather than substance, and that's why we have record homelessness and a housing crisis which the city has steadfastly denied for so long.

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.

Housing Plan Can Help End Hidden Crisis Of Women's Homelessness

YWCA Toronto | Posted 10.05.2016 | Canada Impact
YWCA Toronto

Women's homelessness is a significant, yet often hidden, crisis facing this country. Research shows that for every person who is absolutely homeless, there are at least three more who fall into the hidden homelessness category.

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.

Veterans Affairs Ready To Recommend New Strategy On Homeless Vets

CP | Jordan Press, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.28.2016 | Canada Politics

"We have an obligation to address this issue of veteran homelessness.''

Taking Pride In Creating Authentic Spaces For LGBTQ2S Homeless Youth

Alex Abramovich | Posted 06.29.2016 | Canada Politics
Alex Abramovich

Homophobia, transphobia, and biphobia remain rampant in most institutional settings, including schools, healthcare facilities, and shelters and housing programs. LGBTQ2S youth remain largely overrepresented in the homeless youth population, with estimates as high as up to 40 per cent of homeless youth identifying as LGBTQ2S.

What It Is Really Like Living In Toronto's Downtown Core

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 05.31.2016 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

I thought living in the frenetic hustle of downtown would make me less patient and desensitized -- the truth is since moving down here, I've become more empathetic and aware of the marginalized population and my role in that marginalization.

The Internet Fell In Love With This Halifax Cop

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.30.2016 | Canada Impact

Facebook and Twitter users have called the original photo an "awesome'' and "heartwarming'' show of compassionate policing.

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.

Safe And Affordable Housing Is A Health Issue

Danyaal Raza | Posted 05.10.2016 | Canada Politics
Danyaal Raza

The evidence is clear. Social factors, like housing, income and wealth, educational background, and race are more powerful determinants of health outcomes than our behaviours, genes, or even the healthcare system itself.

Ontario Library Bans 'Lingering Aimlessly,' 'Offensive Odours'

CP | Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.27.2016 | Canada

One group says the rules target homeless and poor people.

Bad Laws Are Worse Than Bad Enforcement

DJ Larkin | Posted 04.15.2016 | 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.

Census On Homelessness Finds Common Causes Across Canada

CP | Jordan Press, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.14.2016 | Canada Politics

Thirty small and medium-sized cities are taking part in either the federally organized count of homeless people or a similar effort organized by the anti-poverty group 20,000 Homes.

Homelessness Isn't Always Something You Can See

360⁰kids | Posted 03.03.2016 | 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.

4 Ways Youth Should Not Spend A Night Away From Home

360⁰kids | Posted 02.29.2016 | Canada Impact
360⁰kids

It can take less than 10 seconds for a youth to become homeless. In York Region, homeless youth, more often than not, do not fit the stereotypical profile. Unlike urban centres, these young people are often homeless not just due to poverty. They stem from middle-class families and end up on the street for a variety of reasons.

It's Time For Canada To Test A Basic Income

Sen. Art Eggleton | Posted 02.26.2016 | Canada Politics
Sen. Art Eggleton

What we have done for far too long is simply not working. Even with all the social supports in place, the resulting income is often only enough to maintain a family in poverty. At their worst, existing policies and programs actually entrap people in poverty. This is why we need a new way. A basic income would work as a tax credit administered through the taxation system similar to the Guaranteed Income Supplement for seniors. If someone earns less or has less than the poverty line, they would simply be topped up to a point above the poverty line.

The Night I Chose To Be Homeless

360⁰kids | Posted 02.25.2016 | Canada Living
360⁰kids

Each year, 360⁰kids -- an organization that provides a range of services to York Region's homeless youth -- encourages local community members to experience homelessness, just for one night a year. Last March, our group made it through some bone-chilling temperatures. I will do it again this year. For more than 300 youth in a region that's home to large detached homes and flourishing businesses, they've lost count of how many nights they've been homeless. It's an issue that doesn't get enough attention.

I Will Never Look At Youth Homelessness The Same Again

360⁰kids | Posted 02.22.2016 | 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.

Homeless Veterans A Top Priority For Liberals, Says Minister

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.19.2016 | Canada Politics

He said his department has never been equipped — nor had a mandate — to deal with the issue.

Activists Using UN To Pressure Trudeau On Housing, Social Justice

CP | Colin Perkel | Posted 02.18.2016 | 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 ...

How One Toronto Art Piece Shines A Light On Homelessness

Tim MacLeod | Posted 02.08.2016 | 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.

I Fled My Country For Canada After Being Diagnosed With PTSD

Street Haven | Posted 01.29.2016 | Canada Living
Street Haven

My family regarded me as a worthless and dangerous person in need of being chained up. In my country, mental health is not understood as it is in Canada. It is considered dangerous and weak. My family began to speak out against me and I knew that I had to flee my country in order to be safe.

'Homeless Jesus' Statue Mistaken For A Real Person

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.20.2016 | Canada

"It is heartwarming to see the public's concern for the well-being of those in need."