This blog is the first of a series in which Jonathan Robart and Kaitlin Schwan explore the relationships between housing law and homelessness in Canada.

Research has consistently demonstrated linkages between intimate partner violence (IPV) and homelessness. A 2008 study in Edmonton found that “[h]aving abusive relationships and housing problems (62...

Calgary Homeless Foundation
July 06, 2017

On May 18, 2017, the Second Annual Canadian Homelessness Data Sharing Initiative took place in Calgary (all slide presentations, as well as photos from the event, are available here). The event was organized by the Calgary Homeless Foundation and the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy, and the participants included:  people...

York University; Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub
September 30, 2015

Across Canada, there is growing awareness about the need for provincial governments to step up in the fight against poverty. This week’s infographic takes a look at poverty costs in Canada. The infographic was produced by Vibrant Communities Calgary and the Action to End Poverty in Alberta and draws data from a 2012...

If you’re in one of Canada’s 60+ communities who receive Homelessness Partnering Strategy funds, you’ve probably been thinking about homeless counts in recent weeks. If so, this blog’s for you!

A novel concept?

Believe it or not, homeless point-in-time counts are not a new idea. In fact, some communities have been doing them since the 1990s on an ongoing basis. In Canada, there are over 20 communities who have a history of conducting homeless counts – this number is poised to...

York University; Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub
January 14, 2015

Canada's LGBTQ youth experience a great deal of exclusion and discrimination which can lead a young person to homelessness, addictions and even suicide. The infographic below, created by the Government of Alberta, looks into the adversity the LGBTQ community experiences.

Compared to 26% of heterosexual youth, 44% of LGBTQ youth reported having thoughts of suicide. In addition, 50% of LGBTQ youth reported self...

York University
July 22, 2010

The Government of Alberta has announced its intention to put forward a plan that encourages people to refrain from giving money to panhandlers, and instead to give those resources to agencies serving people who are homeless. While many people may be annoyed at the sight of panhandlers, we need to dig a little deeper to understand what is driving this initiative. At the root of many people’s negative...

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