Research Summaries

Research Summaries

Publication Date: 2014
There has been a lack of research that expresses the experience of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada. This has allowed misconceptions about how people experience homelessness. One of these misconceptions is that Aboriginal Peoples travel between the urban centre and rural reservation. This research has confirmed that people who leave the reservation are not likely to move back. No moving back: A study of the intersection of rural and urban...
Publication Date: 2014
Policy decisions are largely based on a body of evidence that can be drawn on. In the case of policies on Aboriginal Peoples experiencing homelessness, there is a lack of research on the dynamics of homelessness, including credible attempts to capture an adequate count. A large number of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada live in urban settings. There are populations that also move between the city and reserves, however it is unclear the...
Publication Date: 2014
This research examines Canada’s responses to youth homelessness. Unlike the United Kingdom, Australia and even the United States, which look at youth homelessness as an issue separate and distinct from adult homelessness, Canada is lagging behind and tends to create “homelessness junior” services. The research, responses and programs that the author evaluates and examines in this report show that there are innovative and unique ways of...
Publication Date: 2013
Homelessness can increase the risk of injection drug use amongst youth. This means that interventions that address housing may also reduce high-risk drug use behaviours. Programs that address risks associated with drug use are also necessary in order to limit exposure and likelihood of injection drug use and other high-risk behaviours. Homelessness Independently Predicts Injection Drug Use Initiation Among Street-Involved Youth in a...
Publication Date: 2013
Experiences of homelessness differ depending on the individual. The stories heard in this research do not support the stereotype that homelessness is an individual problem. There is a need for more services in accessible areas, as well as safe and affordable housing. Providing adequate services can restore dignity and a sense of citizenship. Homelessness in the Suburbs: Engulfment in the Grotto of Poverty was published in Studies in...
Publication Date: 2013
Those who are experiencing episodic and longer-term homelessness represent a small number of shelter users who use the majority of shelter beds. Programs and policies need to be developed to support these groups. Identifying the Patterns of Emergency Shelter Stays of Single Individuals in Canadian Cities of Different Sizes was published in Housing Studies Volume 28, Issue 6, pages 910-927 in 2013.

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