Research Summaries

Homeless youth in rural settings face unique circumstances including fewer housing options and services to meet their needs. They are frequently forced to leave their communities and social networks in order to receive services or find shelter. Moreover, research suggests that homelessness is often...
Adolescent development is generally viewed as a gradual process that is guided by supportive adults, particularly family members. This focus shifts however, when we think about homeless youth and family becomes viewed as the ‘problem’, and youth are pushed to become ‘self-sufficient’. However, this...
Housing that meets a broad range of needs is a vital part of any community’s social well-being. Housing is also an important contributor to economic performance with each constructed house generating approximately two person years of employment (equivalent of one year's worth of work for two people...
Many middle and upper class households moved to the suburbs after World War II, leaving the downtown core to be occupied by lower income households, including homeless people. The suburbs provided both an escape from the “problems of the city” for those who could afford a car and a home, and a...
Shelter service is a local response to the increasing number of homeless people in North America and Europe. The success of a shelter is commonly measured by looking at the shelter’s ability to limit the amount of homelessness, meet the immediate and long-term needs of clients, and help shelter...
This research examines the nature of animal caretaking among female, homeless shelter residents in Canada. It evaluates the literature on homeless women, investigates the benefits and drawbacks of companion animals, and studies the relationship between homeless populations and companion animals.  ...