Research Summaries

Research Summaries

Publication Date: 2013
In Ontario, youth between the ages of 16-18 can apply to the Courts to terminate a Society or Crown wardship order. Young people involved with the Children’s Aid Society (CAS) in Ontario commonly talk about “signing out of care” when they turn 16. This expression makes it hard to see the complicated institutional work that is involved in ending a wardship order with child protection services, not to mention the challenges youth face...
Publication Date: 2013
Homeless youth in rural settings face unique circumstances including fewer housing options and services to meet their needs. They are frequently forced to leave their communities and social networks in order to receive services or find shelter. Moreover, research suggests that homelessness is often one of several traumatic experiences these young people will face in their lives. While understanding the causes of youth homelessness (...
Publication Date: 2013
Adolescent development is generally viewed as a gradual process that is guided by supportive adults, particularly family members. This focus shifts however, when we think about homeless youth and family becomes viewed as the ‘problem’, and youth are pushed to become ‘self-sufficient’. However, this oversimplifies the nature and composition of families and relationships. More importantly, it overlooks families as potential partners in...
Publication Date: 2013
Housing that meets a broad range of needs is a vital part of any community’s social well-being. Housing is also an important contributor to economic performance with each constructed house generating approximately two person years of employment (equivalent of one year's worth of work for two people or two years of work for one person). For many Canadians, homeownership is not an option, and a growing number will need access to rental...
Publication Date: 2012
Many middle and upper class households moved to the suburbs after World War II, leaving the downtown core to be occupied by lower income households, including homeless people. The suburbs provided both an escape from the “problems of the city” for those who could afford a car and a home, and a place for them to exercise their individual freedom in the form of private property. However, with gas prices and traffic congestion on the rise...
Publication Date: 2012
Shelter service is a local response to the increasing number of homeless people in North America and Europe. The success of a shelter is commonly measured by looking at the shelter’s ability to limit the amount of homelessness, meet the immediate and long-term needs of clients, and help shelter users secure stable housing after leaving the shelter. Service delivery tends to be different from one shelter to the next and also varies...

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