family homelessness

Family homelessness in Canada continues to be an emergent and troubling issue. 

In Calgary, for example, homelessness decreased by 1.3% overall between 2008 and 2014; at the same time, the number of families accessing shelter and short-term housing increased by 31%.

Homelessness for families is an especially troubling issue, because most are single mothers who have experienced long...

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 ...

University of Calgary
August 02, 2016

Several cities across Canada are showing a stabilization or decrease in growth in homelessness for adult single people. However, family homelessness is growing. For example, in Calgary homelessness decreased by 1.3% overall between 2008 and 2014, however, the number of families accessing shelter and short term housing increased by 31% between 2012 and 2014. Nationally, families are a minority sub-group...

Homeless Hub
May 30, 2016
Categories: Topics

The State of Homelessness in Canada 2014 says that for every person who is unsheltered, there are at least three people experiencing hidden homelessness. Applied nationally, this conservative estimate of 3:1 means at least 50,000 Canadians...

Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub; York University
February 15, 2016

Imagine waking up in a strange place one morning and not knowing where you are, not recognizing any of your surroundings. Your mom takes you and your siblings to a cafeteria-style dining hall where you eat a bit of breakfast before taking a bus to school. After classes finish, your mom meets you in the schoolyard and you take transit across the city to another strange building for the night. This time, you are sharing a bed with your younger sister, your...

York University; Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub
January 13, 2016

The causes of family homelessness include unemployment, low wages, low rates of government assistance and a lack of affordable housing options. Factors that are linked to homelessness include food insecurity and rising housing costs. These...

York University; Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub
September 09, 2015

The myth that homelessness only pertains to single men and women persists. However, not having a place to call home is also a reality for many young children, youth and families. This week’s infographic, published by the Institute for Children, Poverty & Homelessness, asks an important question: is the door...

Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub: York University
May 01, 2015
Categories: Ask the Hub

This question came from Jackie via our latest website survey.

While most homelessness is a one-time event caused by a variety of complex and interrelated factors, many studies have found that housing and other “adverse events” play a critical role in child development and have highlighted family...

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
January 07, 2015

The health and well-being of people is strongly related to the housing conditions that they live in. The below infographic, created by Seattle University’s Project on Family Homelessness, illustrates the link between poor housing conditions and it’s affect on children’s health.

People living in homelessness or poverty are at greater...


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