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Jul 2018 | The Housing Issue

HOMELESSNESS & PRECARIOUS HOUSING IN CANADA: WHERE WE HAVE BEEN & WHERE WE ARE GOING
ERIN DEJ, WILFRID LAURIER UNIVERSITY & JOHN ECKER, CANADIAN OBSERVATORY ON HOMELESSNESS

We are at a pivotal moment in addressing homelessness in Canada. For decades, the Federal Government did not prioritize investments in safe, adequate, and affordable housing. Coupled with shifting economic and social landscapes, the modern homelessness crisis was made. In order to develop long-term solutions to homelessness, we must recognize that homelessness exists along a continuum. In this article, we discuss the full extent of homelessness in Canada, including the relationship between a lack of affordable housing and the homelessness crisis. We argue that preventing and ending homelessness is achievable so long as investments, strategies, policies, and practices account for those at risk of homelessness and/or who are precariously housed.

 

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