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Do frontline workers know about trauma-informed care?

In our latest website survey, Amanda A. asked: “How much do front-line service providers know about trauma-informed care? Is trauma-informed care taken into consideration when developing policies, especially for youth?”

Trauma plays a significant role in both the pathways to homelessness and the experience of homelessness itself, so the importance of trauma-informed care (TIC) can’t be overstated. But before I go deeper in answering this question, let’s explore what TIC is in the first place.


What are the stats on racialized homelessness?

This question came from Gayathri .N. via our latest website survey.

As usual, we don’t have a single set of statistics that paints the whole picture of racialized homelessness in Canada, but we do have a variety of research that points to the overrepresentation of racialized people in the homeless population. 


How can we prove initiatives work without research funding?

In our latest website survey, we received the following question from Helen B.: “We know our initiative is effective at prevention and early intervention of homelessness but our non-profit cannot afford to do research to prove it, how can you help?” This is tough to answer without knowing a bit about the initiative we’re discussing, but I’ll do my best!


Why might some individuals not want to be housed?

This question came from Ashley L. via our latest website survey.

According to our latest report, of the over 235,000 Canadians who experience homelessness in a year, about 5000 people are unsheltered (living on the streets). It is reasonable to wonder, what with so many services available, why some unsheltered people would “choose” to remain so.