Canada Homelessness

I May Not Look Homeless, But I Am

Street Haven | Posted 08.21.2015 | 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.

Joshua Ostroff

We Could End Homelessness In Canada. But It'll Cost You $46

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 08.24.2015 | Canada Impact

"It wasn't like one day I woke up and I was homeless. Every year things just got tighter and tighter, it was just that one more step down the ladder."

Canada Needs To Better Protect the Homeless During Heatwaves

Jino Distasio | Posted 07.23.2015 | Canada Politics
Jino Distasio

Governments of all levels across the country need to consider the mounting evidence for increasing climate variability and create actionable plans for vulnerable persons to ensure that those most likely to be adversely effected by extreme weather events are protected with the right supports. This must start with ending homelessness for as many Canadians as possible and closing the widening income gap that pushes far too many into poor quality housing.

We Must Remember Homeless LGBTQ2S Youth During Pride

Alex Abramovich | Posted 06.19.2015 | Canada Impact
Alex Abramovich

The month of Pride is a time for LGBTQ2S individuals to not only say who we are; but to also celebrate and be proud of who we are. Pride month is meant to remind us that we are real and that we matter, however, not all members of our community are seen; not all are celebrated; many are silenced and marginalized, made to feel that they are not real and that they do not belong.

Medicine Hat Proves Idealism and Realism Can Walk Hand in Hand

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 06.19.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

This year, Medicine Hat became the first city in Canada to effectively end homelessness. Almost 900 people in this small town of 61,000 have been placed in rent-free apartments or houses. And the benefits are clear: police calls and hospital emergency room visits are down. "You're going to end homelessness? Yeah ok, good one," he recalls thinking. But the society argued that the $20,000 per year cost of housing someone was as much as four times less than the expense of policing and health care when that person lived on the streets.

Campaign Sets Out To House 20,000 People Across Canada In 3 Years

The Huffington Post Canada | Jesse Ferreras | Posted 06.17.2015 | Canada Impact

As many as 30,000 Canadians spend every night without a place to call home.

Mental Illness Is Blind to Socioeconomic Class Distinctions

Sandra Charron | Posted 06.14.2015 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

Before any social progress can be made, mental illness has to be acknowledged as a real and powerful determinant of health which affects all social classes, but plays a greater role not only in the lives of those who are displaced, but in some cases also contributes to their displacement and state of living. It is those living on the streets who are the most affected by the stigma associated with mental illness. Yet the stigma is alive and well for those of us who are fortunate enough to continue working or have a strong support system advocating for us while we too struggle to climb the walls of our own personal hell.

We Need to Channel Our Online Outrage Toward Important Social Issues

Joseph Ottorino | Posted 05.13.2015 | Canada Impact
Joseph Ottorino

How is it that we become outraged by one tweet from a celebrity and not by any number of grave issues and epidemics facing society as a whole? After all, there is certainly no shortage of worthwhile causes to support. One issue that's certainly got my attention is youth homelessness in Canada.

When Canada's Homeless Read 'Mean Tweets,' There's Nothing To Laugh About

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 04.01.2015 | Canada Impact

A new take on the very popular YouTube series.

Ontario Spending More Than Half A Billion To Fight Homelessness

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.30.2015 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Ontario municipalities will be getting more than half a billion dollars from the province to help people and families at risk of homelessnes...

It's About Time Canada Stood Up for Homeless LGBT Youth

Alex Abramovich | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada Impact
Alex Abramovich

On March 11, 2015, Toronto City Council finally approved funding for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and 2-spirit (LGBTQ2S) youth transitional housing. Although I am extremely disappointed that LGBTQ2S youth homelessness has been inadequately addressed for so many years, I am grateful that there is more understanding and awareness of this social justice crisis. I am also grateful that more organizations are now committed to developing campaigns and programs for LGBTQ2S youth experiencing homelessness.

Creating a Haven for Young Trafficking Victims in Toronto

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted 05.04.2015 | Canada
Kevin M. Ryan

We at Covenant House worked closely with the two young survivors at the heart of Toronto's first criminal prosecution to lead to a sex trafficking con...

2 Plead Guilty To Murder For Setting Homeless Man On Fire

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.23.2015 | Canada

KENTVILLE, N.S. - Two Nova Scotia men who doused a homeless man with gas and set him on fire with a cigarette lighter while he was sleeping in a bus s...

What Can We Do About Toronto's Persisting Homelessness Problem?

Dave Colangelo | Posted 04.10.2015 | Canada
Dave Colangelo

There are over 5,000 homeless individuals in Toronto; over 400 sleeping outside on an average night and these numbers continue to grow. Across Canad...

Tim Hortons Apologizes To Homeless Man Who Had Water Dumped On Him

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.10.2015 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Tim Hortons has apologized after the owner of a Vancouver location was seen dumping a bucket of water on a homeless man sleeping outside."...

Bucket Of Water Allegedly Dumped On Homeless Man In Vancouver

CBC | Posted 04.09.2015 | Canada British Columbia

A Facebook campaign calling for a boycott of the Tim Hortons in downtown Vancouver has garnered thousands of hits over allegations someone from the st...

How This Conservative Mayor Became a Champion for the Homeless

Andreas Krebs | Posted 03.24.2015 | Canada Politics
Andreas Krebs

Mayor Ted Clugston of Medicine Hat, Alberta has become the reluctant spokesperson for a controversial approach to reducing homelessness. Reluctant because just a few years ago, he opposed the initiative. Sometime in 2015, Medicine Hat will become the first municipality in Canada to eradicate homelessness.

What We Need To Care About in 2015

Elisa Birnbaum | Posted 03.10.2015 | Canada
Elisa Birnbaum

While out shopping the other day, I came across a t-shirt that gave me pause. A long, hard pause. Hanging a few feet from the store's entrance, the ...

Homelessness Is Not a Choice, So Lose the Apathy

Amitha Kalaichandran | Posted 03.09.2015 | Canada Politics
Amitha Kalaichandran

We know the dangers of having too many choices -- but what about not having any? Who in their "right mind" (you might wonder how many of "those" people are mentally sound and might be surprised to know the vast majority are) would sleep on a bench in "last seasons" (off-trend or simply off-prudence) clothes in freezing cold weather?

The Ontario Courts Should Learn Shelter Is a Basic Need

Sharad Kerur | Posted 02.10.2015 | Canada Politics
Sharad Kerur

On December 1, the Ontario Court of Appeal failed Canadians who are homeless or living in substandard conditions. By ruling that the Government of Canada has no obligation to provide "affordable, adequate, and accessible housing" to its citizens, the Court sanctioned the government's abdication of responsibility for housing and dealt a significant blow to vulnerable Canadians.

Food Banks Were Meant to be Temporary. So Why Are They Growing?

Glen Pearson | Posted 01.12.2015 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

The real news in the recent Hunger Count 2014 report is not that 841,191 people came to food banks for help in one month -- a number 25 per cent higher than in 2008. Nor is it the realization that close to 40 per cent of food bank recipients are children. No, the overarching narrative is how the presence of food banks in most communities has come to represent the failure of imagination for a country and its citizens.

Homelessness Remains a National Crisis

Jino Distasio | Posted 01.12.2015 | Canada Politics
Jino Distasio

All levels of government and the private sector must begin to see the tremendous social and economic benefits of doing the right thing. Canada can end homelessness and our elected officials have a duty to work together on funding community based solutions.

Homelessness Cuts Life Expectancy In Half: Vancouver Report

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.06.2015 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - He was a wily character with a bright personality, known for philosophical musings as he sold flowers from the streets of downtown Vancouv...

What To Expect From Vision Vancouver's Third Term

Mike Klassen | Posted 01.05.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Mike Klassen

So what will 10 years of Robertson's Vision government have brought to our city? To understand what lies ahead for Vancouver between now and 2018, one needs to look back at the mayor's unfulfilled political promises.

An Extra $46 A Year Per Canadian Could Make Homelessness Virtually Disappear

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.28.2014 | Canada

OTTAWA - Spending an extra $46 per Canadian a year on affordable housing could dramatically reduce homelessness, a new research report concludes.Exist...