Homelessness is an ongoing issue in Canadian society, which impacts thousands of lives every year. While Canada is internationally regarded as a wealthy and prosperous country, the Canadian government has failed to systemically address what is considered to be a ‘hidden’ issue. Due to a lack of organized numeration, much of the data regarding Canada’s homeless population remains incomplete. While the homelessness issue is swept under the rug, many Canadians inch closer to the poverty line every year, often resulting in transitional, episodic, or chronic homelessness. Several factors contribute to homelessness, however, fundamental issues stem from unaffordable housing, lack of income security, and racial disparity.
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Ultimately, these inequities play a significant role in contributing to homelessness. When considering the colonial history of Canada, a vast majority of the Indigenous community remains affected by generations of systemic prejudice and discrimination. Thus, Indigenous communities suffer from inherent socio-economic difficulties in comparison to non-Indigenous citizens. According to a study done by Statistics Canada, “First Nations people living off reserve (12%), Metis (6%) and Inuit (10%)” are more likely to have experienced unsheltered homelessness than the non-Indigenous population (Statistics Canada, 2022). Systemic oppression has resulted in large-scale impoverishment among those of Indigenous descent, contributing to difficulties in pursuing employment and education. Many Indigenous youths succumb to the intergenerational effects of colonization and residential school experiences, making up “only 4.3% of the overall Canadian population but comprise 30.6% of the youth homelessness population” (Greater Victoria Coalition, 2022). Racialized individuals represent a disproportionate amount of those experiencing homelessness in Canada, not limited to the Indigenous population. Among those who are marginalized include refugees and newcomers to Canada, who face language, employment, and cultural barriers. The Canadian Observatory on Homelessness (2021b) notes that difficulties surrounding access to affordable and available housing options combined with a lack of access to transportation or lack of credit history put newcomers at an increased risk of homelessness. Structural challenges in Canada’s socio-economic infrastructure pose an overall increased risk of certain communities falling into situations of poverty and
Raising the Roof is a Canadian not-for-profit organization dedicated to ending homelessness. The first charity of its kind, Raising the Roof has been working to create long-term solutions to the homelessness crisis in Canada since 1996 (About Us, n.d.). The majority of Raising the Roof’s campaigning is dedicated to bringing awareness on the issue of homelessness through collaborations with stakeholders, education, and the investment in local and national social programs (About Us, n.d.). The topic of homelessness is one that is often left in the shadows of local and national politics. The sensitivity of the subject requires that Raising the Roof fight even harder to garner the attention of their audiences, and elicit both emotion and positive action through their storytelling strategies.
Table of Contents Executive Summary 2 Introduction 3 Discussion 4 Key Findings 4 Planning for action 5 Executive Summary Introduction Homelessness is an everlasting issue within the vast area of the state of Queensland, with it also being an increasing issue in the region of Logan city. There are twelve hundred and twenty-nine people experiencing homelessness in the region and unfortunately 29% of the homeless population is made up of 355 young people (Queensland Youth Housing Coalition, 2016). The Social Ecological Model, Social Justice and Ottawa Charter are frameworks that will help provide better understanding of the issue. They also assist in creating a diffusion action plan to fend against the issues.
Imagine feeling lost and not knowing what to do or where to go. You spend each night in the harsh weather on a bench, which you call your shelter. Over the past years, there's been a rapid increase in the number of homeless people. Detailed plans to tackle homelessness in Canadian cities are having little to no impact on reducing the homelessness problem. Most of these homeless people didn't choose to be homeless but it's mostly due to mental health issues, drugs addictions and mainly due to lack of shelter.
Individuals who are homeless experience social exclusion from society, and this results in a lack of knowledge and understanding about this population. Chappell (2014), suggests that "... approximately 80,000 people are homeless on any given day in Canada" (p. 248). More than 47 percent of the homeless population are single males between the ages of 25 and 55; whereas 20 percent is comprised of youth between the ages of 16 and 24 (Chappell, 2014). Additionally, many of whom are of Aboriginal descent and live with mental illness, addiction, or disability (Chappell 2014).
In the class CINT 908 – Homelessness in Canadian Society, an activity called Life with Dignity where we calculated the average of what we think living a life with dignity is financially and it greatly intrigued me in wanting to do this essay. This topic of Life with Dignity is subjective and vague because it varies depending on each person and their culture, history and experiences. However, in this paper, I would be explaining my perspective of what I think it means to be living in a life of dignity based off of my experiences and understanding. Additionally, this paper will explore the systemic structures put in place that prevents many individuals and families from living the life of dignity and yet, making the same individuals and families
Youth homelessness. In Canada this is becoming more than an issue, it's becoming a crisis. Every night thousands of Canadians between the ages of 16-24 struggle to survive. In a year around 200,000 Canadians experience homelessness, and youth between the ages of 16-24 make up 20% of that huge number.
Aboriginal people make up one in five homeless Australians (Hannam, 2023). This is due to not having the same access to affordable and secure housing (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2008). Everyone deserves to live in a secure environment. Everyone deserves to live without fear of losing their house. Additionally, it is more common for survivors of domestic violence to be homeless.
The issue of homelessness exists not only in lesser developed countries, but in Canada as well, affecting a wide variety of individuals across the country in many ways. The consequences of inadequate housing are becoming even more apparent as rates of homelessness rise each year, with an estimated 160,000 Canadians facing homelessness annually (Fitzpatrick-Lewis et al., 2011). Fitzpatrick-Lewis et al. (2011) stated that “there is no common definition for homelessness, and it remains a challenge to enumerate this population” (p.2). However, Echenberg (2020) explains that homelessness is often defined using two specific aspects; the recurrence and length of time spent without housing and the specific housing situation itself.
Recently, homelessness has become a major social issue in Canada. Throughout the essay, the causes and significance of homelessness in Canada will be discussed as well as the history of the homelessness in Canada. In Canada, the homeless was not significant until 1960s where homeless came to mean the
The inequality amongst Aboriginal people and the rest of Canadians has been a pressing issue for many years without resolution. Currently, they inequalities exist within health cares, employment and education institutions. The Aboriginal people of Canada have suffered many hardships since the European settlers had first came to the country. The colonizers exploited and assimilated the Aboriginals by the colonialism, treaties, the residential schools they established and the 60’s scoop. These situations may explain why there were inequalities in the past; however, those days have past, and society is still faced with reoccurring imbalances.
Youth homelessness in Canada is not a new phenomenal, it has become more and more severe over the past 20 years. “One third of homeless individuals on the streets are under the age of 25”(Cino, Rose). It is a significant social justice issue in Canada. Within our community people are increasingly aware of the sight of youth sleeping in parks, asking for money and sitting on sidewalks. Youth homelessness is caused by tragic life occurrences such as abuse, illness or unemployment, while many falsely assume homelessness is a choice.
The article's main argument is that social inequalities such as health access are a result of indigenous-specific factors related to colonization which includes the residential school system. The socioeconomic factors which place the majority of the Indigenous population at a disadvantage are the result of the historic cultural neglect of the Indigenous population of Canada. Some of these factors stated by the article include environmental degradation, spiritual, emotional, and mental disconnection, loss of language and connection to the land, along with racist policies created to suppress Indigenous peoples (residential
The issue of homelessness in America has been evident since the early 1600’s. Across the country men, women and children spend their nights on the streets not knowing when or if they will ever find a permanent home. States and federal officials or city councils have tried to alleviate or at least reduce the number of homeless over the last several decades at a city, state or national level but it continues to be an ongoing problem. There is a multitude of factors that account for the growing homeless population that affects each state in the country differently. Though there are many contributing factors that contribute to the amount of people living on the street at any given night in the U.S.
Indigenous populations in Canada face severe disadvantages related to their health. The racism that Indigenous people face is further compounded by the disadvantages that women face making the situation even for difficult for Indigenous women. With this said Indigenous women do share many issues with the rest of the Aboriginal population as a result of colonization, loss of land, forced time in Indian Residential Schools, loss of language, and racial, political, and economic marginalization (McNab). Furthermore, Indigenous peoples in remote communities face the difficulty of lacking access to healthcare, education, employment, and income equality (McNab). Indigenous women face a unique combination of oppression through their intersectionality
As a result, communities in Winnipeg are forced to live without safety, and struggle in many ways unimaginable. These events causing trauma can lead to mental and physical illnesses that make the process of coping and escaping homelessness much more