York University; Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub
August 19, 2015

The below infographic comes from a recent report published by the Coalition on Homelessness in San Francisco that focused on the criminalization of homelessness in the city.

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Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub: York University
June 19, 2015
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In response to our latest website survey, Christopher .M. asked: “What special considerations must be given to those who are homeless and who have had contact with the criminal justice system?”

Homelessness is a challenge for anyone experiencing it, but it can be exacerbated by involvement with the criminal justice system. Many people believe that people experiencing homelessness are "criminals" and therefore deserving of their situation, but this is...

Fair Change Community Services
April 30, 2015

There are 2 documents that can give us the answer. The first was published by the Government of Ontario, and it can be found here: (POA Consultation Paper)

The Second is a Study published by professors from Guelph and York University and it can be found here: (Can I See Your ID? The Policing of Youth Homelessness in Toronto).


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

In recent years, there has been a growing trend to criminalize homelessness in both Canada and the United States. The below infographic, created by Al-Jazeera news, looks at some facts and figures related to the criminalization of homelessness in the United States.

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York University; Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub
December 17, 2014

Youth represent one of the most vulnerable subpopulations living in homelessness. Many youth living in homelessness are fleeing situations of abuse, discrimination and violence. Service agencies that offer assistance in the form of shelters, counselling, and legal services are of the...

York University
December 10, 2014

The Ontario Safe Streets Act (SSA) exists as one of the clearest and most obvious examples of the creation of new laws that contribute to the criminalization of homelessness. This provincial legislation, which came into effect in January 2000, in response to the growing visibility of homelessness in Toronto and other major cities in the 1990s, while never mentioning homelessness specifically, clearly targets homeless persons.


York University; Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub
September 24, 2014

People who are homeless are often viewed as being threats to public safety. It's assumed that homeless individuals are inherently harmful and prone to violence. This harsh generalization of all homeless individuals has direct implications on laws, enforcement of law and the criminal justice system's treatment of homeless individuals. In the absence of affordable shelter and housing...

As the post-doctoral fellow for the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness, I get the chance to focus almost full-time on developing and implementing a change-oriented research agenda. For me, this past year has been a chance to start to strategically pull together the various threads of my research in support of changes to the way we work with young people who are systems-involved and who get described as “at-risk” (of homelessness, school...

Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub; York University
June 10, 2014

La grande nouvelle de cette semaine était l'installation de pics en métal à l'extérieur d'un nouveau complexe de logements luxueux à Southwark (sud-centre de Londres), en Angleterre, apparemment après qu'un sans-abri y ait dormi il y a quelques semaines. Des photos et des commentaires sur les pics ont très vite circulé sur Twitter, Facebook et autres...

Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub; York University
June 10, 2014

Big news this week has been the installation of spikes outside a new luxury housing complex in Southwark (south central London) England, assumedly in response to a homeless person who had been sleeping there a few weeks ago. Pictures and commentary about the spikes spread quickly through Twitter, Facebook and other social media. ...


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