Calgary Homeless Foundation
September 09, 2016

Media Folder: Media Root

A recent news article serves as a reminder of the crucial role that can be played by...

Homeless Hub
June 13, 2016
Categories: Topics

According to a study of Canadian homeless shelters, over 8.3% of shelter users are 55 and over and tend to have longer shelter stays compared to younger adults. Seniors can become homeless for a variety of reasons, including the lack of income to pay for housing (low government...

Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub: York University
February 05, 2016
Tags: seniors
Categories: Ask the Hub

This question came from Tammy M. via our latest website survey: How many homeless or at risk older adults are there in Canada? In Ontario? What are the most preferred housing options chosen by older adults/seniors?

Last July, Statistics Canada reported that 5,780,900 (or, 1 in 6) Canadians are now over the age of 65. Our aging population is growing and...

Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub: York University
January 22, 2016
Tags: seniors
Categories: Ask the Hub

This question came from Glenda L. via our latest website survey: “How will the needs of seniors with dementia who are at risk of becoming homeless be effectively met? These are vulnerable individuals who may need a high level of support to obtain and retain housing.”

Many existing services for people experiencing homelessness do not meet the unique needs of seniors, especially those with dementia or other cognitive impairments. With the number of seniors experiencing...

Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub: York University
July 24, 2015
Categories: Ask the Hub

Ryan W. asked this question via our latest website survey.

While seniors aren’t a majority in the homeless population, “there are many whose social marginality, lack of financial resources, or chronic ill health causes them to be seriously at risk of homelessness” (Robertson & Greenblatt, 1992). In Canada, these numbers are increasing. In...

Canadian Observatory on Homelessness
June 15, 2015
Categories: Topics

Media Folder: Media RootWith the rapid growth of the aging population, there will be an unprecedented demand on the system’s current capacity to address seniors’ mental health needs. Depression, dementia, Alzheimer’s, delusional disorders and delirium are the most common mental illnesses among senior Canadians. The incidence of mental disorders in seniors in long-term care...

Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub: York University
December 05, 2014
Categories: Ask the Hub

Due to the complex nature of homelessness—and our inability to count everyone experiencing it—the statistics vary on how many senior women are homeless.

From what we can tell, they are not a majority of the homeless population. According to the National Shelter Study (2009), 8.3% of residents were over 55.  Of these, 80% were men. (Because this study only includes people in the shelter system, there are many...

When you hear the word “homelessness,” what comes to mind? If you are like most people, you probably think of the men who sleep on the hot-air grates in downtown Toronto. That is the image that so often accompanies media stories about homelessness.

Several things about that image hide the reality of homelessness for many Canadians. The first part is the person’s gender and age. There are many homeless women and children too, although in their case it seldom takes the...

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