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

This week’s infographic comes to us from the True Colors Fund, an organization aiming to raise awareness about and help bring an end to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth homelessness. Today, Wednesday 27th April 2016, is 40 to None Day, a day to raise public awareness about LGBT* youth homelessness. Approximately 40% of youth experiencing homelessness identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT), yet LGBT...

York University; Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub
August 27, 2014

Shelters are the cornerstones of service provision to the homeless in many communities across Canada. The below infographic, published by Inn From the Cold, details some information about services offered by this family shelter in Calgary. It's commonly thought that it’s only single men and women that experience homelessness, however this is simply untrue. Single-parent families and children form a substantial part of Canada's homeless population....

York University; Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub
August 20, 2014

Despite the advances in treatment and awareness surrounding mental health issues in recent years, mental illness still carries an enormous amount of stigma. The infographic below, published by Homeless Link UK, provides some details about the complex relationship that exists between mental health and homelessness.

Individuals with mental health issues are more likely to be homeless, as mental illness has a...

York University; Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub
August 13, 2014

The definition of health has changed greatly over the last century. While ideas of health used to define only biological illnesses or disorders, today the World Health Organization defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”  The infographic above, published in the United Kingdom by Homeless Link...

York University; Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub
August 06, 2014

The relationship between homelessness and sexual violence is more complicated than it appears at first glance. The infographic below, published by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center of the United States, illustrates the strong link that exists between housing and sexual violence.

The infographic shows that in the United States, sexual abuse at home is a cause of homelessness for 61% of homeless girls and 16% of homeless boys. Women face...

York University; The Homeless Hub
July 30, 2014

This week’s Infographic Wednesday post is on the subject of unmet requests for domestic violence services, as per the National Network to End Domestic Violence’s (NNEDV) Domestic Violence (DV) Counts Census infographic and its corresponding report Domestic Violence 2013: A...

Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/The Homeless Hub
June 25, 2014

As WorldPride 2014 descends upon Toronto this week, the city celebrates the diversity of its own LGBTQ2 communities through a variety of events, parties and parades. WorldPride 2014 also puts a spotlight on Canada’s continued work in human rights, touting Toronto as safe place for LGBTQ2 in “one of the world’s...

Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness
June 04, 2014

I have a confession. I’m one of those people who thinks ‘evaluation’ is a four letter word. Or at least I did.

Let me explain.

Evaluations have always felt like the equivalent of a trip to the dentist – an expensive and painful necessity that we’d all rather avoid. And, if you’re anything like me, you only ever go to the dentist if something painful happens or you’re forced to go.

I’m willing to bet 75% of evaluations[1] in social services fall...

York University; The Homeless Hub
May 21, 2014

This infographic by the St. Michael’s Hospital Centre for Research on Inner City Health was included in a Healthy Debate online article titled “Achieving better health for the homeless.” The article states that Canadians experiencing homelessness have a life span that is “7 to 10 years shorter than the general population” on average. Recent...

York University; The Homeless Hub
May 14, 2014

This week’s infographic was created by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force in partnership with the Human Rights Campaign. It points to a severe overrepresentation of LGBTQ (or LGBT) youth in the homeless population. While only 10% of American youth are LGBT, they...


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