This blog is the first of a series in which Jonathan Robart and Kaitlin Schwan explore the relationships between housing law and homelessness in Canada.

Research has consistently demonstrated linkages between intimate partner violence (IPV) and homelessness. A 2008 study in Edmonton found that “[h]aving abusive relationships and housing problems (62...

York University; Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub
January 21, 2015

Youth represent the fastest growing segment of Canada's homeless population, and a large proportion of these homeless youth are newcomers. Data from a recent survey conducted with homeless youth in Toronto shows that 22.3% of those...

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; Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub
December 03, 2014

While there has been progress in the women’s movement, there remains a devastating gap between how men and women are treated. Women and young girls continue to be subjected to a devastatingly high amounts of violence. The movement for women's rights is international in its scope. This year, United Nations Secretary-General’s Campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women invites individuals to “Orange” their neighbourhood....

Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub: York University
November 14, 2014
Categories: Ask the Hub

While it’s true that many single-parent families (overwhelmingly led by women) are at risk of becoming homeless, the family structure itself isn’t to blame.

Homelessness, as we’ve covered in Homelessness 101, has many causes. These include structural issues (such as lack of affordable housing), systems failure (such as lack of support for newcomers and refugees), and individual factors (...

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...

Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub; York University
September 12, 2014
Categories: Ask the Hub

It could just be the nature of the people in my social media networks, but every day I see at least 5-10 references about missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada. Sometimes many, many more. There are calls for inquiries, petitions to sign and sadly, too often, stories about yet another Aboriginal woman who went missing or has been...

Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub; York University
July 25, 2014
Categories: Ask the Hub

In reference to this story of a man experiencing homelessness who was attacked in Cape Breton my friend Stephanie H. posted this on Facebook.

“My blood pressure has gone up significantly. Where do people get off feeling like they are so superior that they can commit such an act? My heart aches when I read stories like this...I just don't get how people feel that their life is any...

Homeless people, especially homeless youth, are often regarded as threats to public safety. In the news it is common to read stories or hear reports that a law abiding member of the public was a victim of a crime committed by an individual of no fixed address. In other words, the assailant was a homeless person. And research does show, compared to the general population, certain types of street crime and illegal drugs use is more common amongst people who are homeless.

But if...

Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association
March 26, 2014

The National Council for Behavioral Health is an organization that represents U.S. community mental health and substance use organizations. This infographic is a very important resource for service providers supporting people who are experiencing homelessness. The information in this infographic is based on research from the United States, however there are several points that can be applied within the Canadian context. They are as...


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