Tag Archives: homelessness

(1059) Woods & basements

vaughan-newmarket
Backlash.  We think that’s what you call it when an idea turns and inflicts a set of consequences.  In this case, it’s the sprawl so enthusiastically embraced in so many parts of southern Ontario in the 1980s and 1990s.  For lots of folks, SUVs and monster homes are still working well.  For others, not so much.  It seems a confluence of resources, inequality and a stunning lack of imagination are problematic indeed when it comes to community design.  To wit, recent pieces at cbc.ca/news.  Woods and basements, people.
Beyond Toronto’s borders, homeless means living in the woods. Camps of men without any place to go are situated on Newmarket’s fringes
Hidden poverty lurks in basements of Vaughan monster homes, advocates say. ‘They see the beautiful homes in Vaughan and say, ‘There’s no problem here’

(1006) A little help has big impact on homelessness [Study]

Help
A US study finds tactical, one-time cash assistance in the amount of $1000 has a really good influence on the lives of those about to tip  into homelessness.  Even the crudest cost/benefit analysis of keeping one person out of homelessness, let alone many, ought to reveal the good common sense of this kind of social spending.  An ounce of prevention…
A bit of cash can keep a person off the streets for 2 years or more
sciencemag.com

image: duncan c via Flickr/CC

(759) Two from Torontoist

apticonRental complaints and hidden homelessness on a popular GTA blog.  Good work on the social conditions file, Torontoist!

Hidden homelessness in the suburbs. While homelessness is often thought of as a downtown phenomenon, experts warn of “hidden homelessness” in the suburbs

Mapping Toronto’s rental complaints. A look at licensing and standards data shows that older high-rises in priority neighbourhoods receive the most complaints

 

(695) Suburban homelessness

“Gunner died in a bleak, windswept area near the railway tracks, far from the bright lights and tall buildings of downtown.”

 

In suburban-poverty.com’s home city, Mississauga, there’s a legendary moment that gets brought up now and then in volunteer and social services circles.  It has to do with the time the city’s mayor was brought, while maybe halfway through her four-decade-long career, to see physical evidence of full-on homelessness.  She was utterly floored by the idea her huge, growth-crazed suburban realm had some two dozen or so people living under a railroad bridge, in a culvert or two and sleeping rough in woodlots or behind industrial buildings.  This was something like twenty years ago.

Suburban homelessness is a problem often neglected in Toronto
theglobeandmail.com

(672) Housing the GTA

Snowy night in TorontoCanada’s biggest city-region should have the best housed people on the face of the Earth.  The following opinion piece from The Toronto Star reads well next to the Daily Shelter Census from the City of Toronto.

A perfect storm for action on affordable housing. The political stars are aligned, so it’s time for every one of us to become a champion for affordable housing

Housing & Homelessness Services: Daily Shelter Census

image: Toronto at night in winter by Joe Howell via Wikimedia Commons

(568) This is a victory, LA?

place to sleepMore mixed messages from the USA in need of irony-signifying quotation marks: a legal “victory” for the “right” to live in your car.  Our back hurts just thinking about this one.

Appeals court overturns Los Angeles ban on living in vehicles. The ruling called the decades-old LA law “cryptic” and discriminatory against homeless people
NBC

image: Pearson Scott Foresman via Wikimedia Commons

(513) At Home/Chez Soi success against homelessness

Housing and mental healthCanada’s Mental Health Commission has bolstered our understanding of how to mitigate a serious social difficulty.  Excellent.  Money well spent it seems on a program designed to get those with mental illness into good, supportive housing as quickly as possible.  In Canada the system has tended to treat or control mental illness first and house later.  Early results indicate a hopeful direction but the media coverage of this could positive story should have been stronger in our opinion.

Mental Health Commission of Canada unveils major study on homelessness reduction metronews.ca

Housing and homelessness 
mentalhealthcommission.ca – this page features a number of topic-related documents