Research Summaries

Experiences of homelessness differ depending on the individual. The stories heard in this research do not support the stereotype that homelessness is an individual problem. There is a need for more services in accessible areas, as well as safe and affordable housing. Providing adequate services can...
Those who are experiencing episodic and longer-term homelessness represent a small number of shelter users who use the majority of shelter beds. Programs and policies need to be developed to support these groups. Identifying the Patterns of Emergency Shelter Stays of Single Individuals in Canadian...
LGBTQ youth prefer receiving services at schools, community centres and LGBTQ specific agencies. There is no ‘one size fits all’ youth program for LGBTQ youth. Youth require varied services and safe settings to account for the different needs of youth in the LGBTQ community. Social services for...
Household food insecurity is an extensive problem in North America, affecting 8% of Canadian households in 2007/08. The key predictors of household food insecurity are low income and reliance on government assistance.  Numerous calls for responses to food insecurity have drawn attention to housing...
Youth’s social environments affect their experience with heavy drinking. This varies between black and white youth. However, youth that have at least four people in their immediate social network who are students are less likely to drink. Download the summary (PDF) Are Social Network Correlates of...
Suicide rates for street-involved and homeless youth are higher than the general youth population. Previous research has focused on the risk factors that increase suicide attempts and suicidal ideation (thoughts) among street youth. These include current and past experiences with unstable housing,...