As communities around the world prepare to celebrate International Youth Day on August 12, this blog entry discusses child, youth and family programs available to homeless youth and families across Canada. A Way Home Canada, a national coalition dedicated to preventing, reducing and ending youth homelessness, estimates that ...

York University; Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub
January 27, 2016

This week’s infographic, produced by the Canada Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA), takes a look at Ontario’s Child Poverty Reduction Strategy. Founded in 1980, the CCPA is one of Canada’s largest independent policy research organizations. Reports published by the CCPA fall into two main categories, those with a Canada-wide focus and...

Calgary Homeless Foundation
September 29, 2015

Media Folder: Media RootI recently gave a presentation at Raising the Roof’s Child & Family Homelessness Stakeholder Summit in Toronto. My slide deck can be downloaded here. To...
York University; Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub
September 02, 2015

Young people living in critical housing situations face stressors that most youth never have to face. For example, the stress associated with finding a shelter is overwhelming. The below infographic, published by the Institute for Children, Poverty & Homelessness, takes a look at what keeps students living in homelessness out of class. Data in the infographic is drawn from...

Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub: York University
July 10, 2015
Tags: children
Categories: Ask the Hub

We received this question via Shawna E. from via our latest website survey.

For some now, we’ve known that our early experiences – from prenatal to 8 years of age – have huge impacts on the rest of our lives. As Fox, Levitt and Nelson (2010) wrote

There is increasing evidence that environmental factors...

York University; Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub
April 01, 2015

This week's infographic is from a report published by the National Society for the Prevention of Child Cruelty which looks at one of the most vulnerable populations that exist: babies born into homelessness. 

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York University; Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub
March 11, 2015

Children living in poverty have few of the resources and supports that many of us take for granted. Research has regularly demonstrated that youth living in poverty tend to have poorer educational outcomes than their wealthier counterparts. Why might this be? The below infographic, published by TVO as part of their Why Poverty? series, talks about the relationship between education and...

Media Folder: Media RootBeyond Housing First: A Holistic Response to Family Homelessness in Canada is part of Raising the Roof’s national Child and Family Homelessness Initiative.

Providing families with housing is the...

York University; Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub
October 08, 2014

Homelessness is commonly misunderstood as being a problem that only affects adult men and women. In actuality, the range of groups experiencing homelessness is very broad and includes youth and young families. Homelessness, and factors linked to homelessness, strongly impact the ability of children to be successful...

Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub; York University
August 29, 2014
Categories: Ask the Hub

I’ve never really liked the term ‘child poverty’. In Canada, children are poor because their parents (or other caregivers) are poor. ‘Family poverty’ is a more realistic term, yet it’s not quite as appealing and doesn’t tug on the heartstrings as much as ‘child poverty’. But semantics of terminology aside, new research released this week provides a glimpse into the extent of this issue...


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