Research Summaries

Research Summaries

Publication Date: 2012
This research examines the nature of animal caretaking among female, homeless shelter residents in Canada. It evaluates the literature on homeless women, investigates the benefits and drawbacks of companion animals, and studies the relationship between homeless populations and companion animals.   Download the summary (PDF) Homeless Women's Voices on Incorporating Companion Animals into Shelter Services was published in the...
Publication Date: 2012
In addition to the lifelong elderly homeless population, there are now elderly people who are becoming homeless for the first time in their lives. Recently homeless older adults have different needs than those that have been homeless for a long time. However, current homelessness services tend to treat them as if they had been homeless a long time. Recently homeless older adults lack experience finding support for their recent needs...
Publication Date: 2012
A national housing policy does not exist in Canada, which makes an individual’s housing his/her sole responsibility. Social housing programs are needed to meet the needs of vulnerable older adults as many of them face challenges that make it difficult to hold onto their home. Some of these challenges include living on a small income, being socially isolated and suffering from ongoing illness that affect their physical and mental...
Publication Date: 2009
In an increasingly knowledge-driven and global economy, a highly skilled well educated workforce is a key driver of economic competitiveness as well as social and economic development. Countries have supported all types of postsecondary education in order to improve the knowledge and skills of the labour force, increase productivity and support world class research. For individuals, a postsecondary qualification contributes to...
Publication Date: 2012
Our society often stresses personal success, often unrealistic standards of achievement, and little tolerance for those who fail to measure up. This emphasis on individual responsibility ignores the structural forces that shape the lives of vulnerable populations. Childhood abuse, family conflict, mental health and addictions are the forces that can have an influence on the lives of youth. Still, homeless youth are largely considered,...
Publication Date: 2012
Homelessness has become an important social and political issue over the past 10 years. Ten thousand Canadians are homeless on any given night. Homeless people suffer more from physical and mental illness, substance abuse issues and tend to die earlier than the general public. The street homeless population, compared to the hidden homeless, is the most challenging homeless group to work with because of their complex needs and their...

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