Canada Homelessness

Where Do Youth Go When Their Families Reject Them?

Alex Abramovich | Posted 05.17.2017 | Canada Living
Alex Abramovich

Today, May 17th marks the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOT) -- a global celebration of gender and sexual diversity. This year, 2017, the theme is focused on families. We know that family support is critical to the health and well-being of LGBTQ2S young people. We also know that not all LGBTQ2S young people receive support from their families of origin, and that the consequences of family rejection can have a lasting negative impact on youth.

Saskatchewan Cuts Funeral Funds For Poorest Citizens

CP | Jennifer Graham, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.23.2017 | Canada Alberta

"The need for a funeral goes beyond just dollars and cents."

Liberals Aim To Cut Number Of 'Chronic' Homeless In Half By 2028

CP | Jordan Press, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.22.2017 | Canada Politics

"It's pretty clear that the government is investing money differently."

$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.

Our Health-Care System Isn't In A Position To Manage Social Problems

Michelle Cohen | Posted 03.29.2017 | Canada Politics
Michelle Cohen

When health care is positioned as a key way of managing social problems, we put enormous strain on the system. This forces us to be duct-tape doctors, trying our best to seal up the gaps in a patchwork system of inadequacies and shortfalls. Primary care in particular is perfectly situated to absorb the costs of poor social supports.

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

360⁰kids | Posted 03.02.2017 | Canada Impact

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

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

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.

Christmas Is Looking Bright For Canada's Companion Animals

Barbara Cartwright | Posted 12.22.2016 | Canada Living
Barbara Cartwright

Thanks to the hard work of humane societies and SPCAs across Canada, we have a lot to celebrate this holiday season. The Canadian Federation of Humane Societies has just released our annual Animal Shelter Statistics Report, and it is full of great news for companion animals in Canada.

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 05.15.2017 | 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 05.11.2017 | 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 04.28.2017 | Canada

One group says the rules target homeless and poor people.

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.

Census On Homelessness Finds Common Causes Across Canada

CP | Jordan Press, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.15.2017 | 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 03.04.2017 | Canada Living

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.