This year, I was privileged enough to be part of a team of committed people involved in the production of a policy brief called “Child Welfare and Youth Homelessness in Canada.”

The policy brief is based on the results of the 2016 pan-Canadian study on youth homelessness, “Without a Home: The National Youth Homelessness Survey,” which found 57.8% of youth experiencing homelessness reported some type of involvement with child...

By Melanie Redman, Executive Director, A Way Home Canada and Dr. Stephen Gaetz, Director, Canadian Observatory on Homelessness and Professor at York University

In the midst of so much happening at federal, provincial/territorial and municipal levels concerning housing and homelessness, it’s important that we don’t lose sight of some of the most vulnerable people in Canada: youth experiencing homelessness. 

Yesterday, along with MP Adam Vaughan, A Way Home Canada...

Over two hundred years ago, Benjamin Franklin said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. Since that time, most people have come to understand the importance of prevention in dealing with major social, economic, and health problems.  For instance, it is better to prevent cancer, measles, the flu, or other illnesses than have to deal with the consequences. This kind of thinking has influenced how we approach crime, road safety, and many other problems.

So how about...

York University
September 20, 2016

There is good news in Canada.  The federal government has recently launched a welcome consultation process to inform Canada’s first National Housing Strategy. Among the list of potential outcomes, the Government has indicated a desire to ensure “homelessness in Canada is rare, brief and non-recurring.” While it is good news that the government sees addressing homelessness as a key part of the National Housing Strategy, it...

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
June 15, 2016

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and 2-Spirit [1] (LGBTQ2S) youth are disproportionately represented amongst homeless youth populations across the globe. Approximately 25-40% of youth experiencing homelessness in North America identify as LGBTQ2S (Abramovich, 2012; Ray, 2006; Cochran et al., 2002). However, it is difficult to know exactly how many LGBTQ2S youth are experiencing homelessness at any given point in time, for a variety of...

York University; Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub
March 16, 2016

This week’s infographic comes to us from Mission Australia, a faith-based organization that works to reduce the prevalence of homelessness by providing support to communities across Australia. The organization offers access to services that are of the utmost importance for individuals who are trying to improve their living circumstances, including employment services...

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...

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 16, 2015

The below infographics, published by The Geelong Project (TGP) in Australia as part of a recent report, takes a look at the traditional response to vulnerable young people, and the organization’s recommendations for reform.

Traditional Responses to Youth Homelessness

Traditional responses to youth...

Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub: York University
July 31, 2015
Categories: Ask the Hub

Diane R. asked this question via our latest website survey, and it’s a good one. With all the hype about prevention, it makes sense for us to back it up! First, however, I’d like to cover what prevention is and put it into context. 

It’s no secret that in Canada and many other places in the world, our response to homelessness consists mostly of emergency services – shelters, makeshift drop-in centres, etc. While emergency services will always be necessary because...


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