Kaitlin Schwan and Jonathan Robart

Toronto, ON
Kaitlin Schwan completed her PhD in Social Work at the University of Toronto where her research focused on Canadian homelessness, activism, and social change. She recently joined the COH team at York University as a postdoctoral fellow. Her postdoctoral work focuses on knowledge mobilization and research impact in the area of homelessness.

Kaitlin has worked on research teams addressing a range of social justice issues, including gender equity, cyber bullying, sex trafficking, arts-based programming with youth experiencing homelessness, and social assistance in Canada’s North. Using her background in the arts, Kaitlin also runs jewelry making workshops for women experiencing homelessness and owns a jewelry company called Fierce Deer, through which she employs folks who face barriers to entering the work force.

Jonathan Robart is a poverty and tenants’ rights lawyer in Ontario's community legal clinic system. His law practice focuses exclusively on eviction and homelessness prevention. He has worked in the community legal clinic system since his call to the bar in June, 2010 serving clients who have lived experience and/or are at imminent risk of homelessness due to mental health issues, addiction, precarious work, disability and poverty. In addition to client based advocacy, his role as lawyer involves working collaboratively with community and government agencies, non-governmental service providers and non-profit organizations to coordinate resources and strategies to ensure clients secure and maintain safe, affordable and supportive housing.

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