This question came from Sara via our latest website survey.
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Last week, a reader alerted us to this 2013 story, in which BBH Labs paid 13 homeless people to walk around Austin, Texas carrying 4G wireless hotspots during South by Southwest—an annual music, film, and technology festival. The project, called “Homeless Hotspots,” faced a lot of criticism from people who thought it was exploitative.
When we have so many social services in a city like Hamilton, ON, how is it possible that homelessness is still so prominent?
We received this question from Kathleen M., who passed it on from a student.
Homelessness is basically invisible in our community. How do we get the message out that it really does exist even though we don't see people sleeping on park benches? - Ruth
Thanks for the question Ruth! First, I want to acknowledge that your community isn’t out of the ordinary. Most people experiencing homelessness fall under the “provisionally accommodated” category of homelessness and are what most people call the “hidden homeless.”
Written with contributions from Tanya Gulliver-Garcia
The deaths of two men in Toronto who appear to have been homeless has people questioning Toronto Public Health’s strategy for issuing cold weather alerts. A possible third death in Canada was reported by CBC’s The National in a news report this week but no further information was provided.
"Why was homelessness not a social problem before the 1980s? What was it about Canada's society, economy and institutions that kept most people housed?”
As we get deeper into winter and closer to the holidays, you might be wondering what you can do to help people experiencing homelessness in your community. Here are five things that everyone can do.
Due to the complex nature of homelessness—and our inability to count everyone experiencing it—the statistics vary on how many senior women are homeless.
While it’s true that many single-parent families (overwhelmingly led by women) are at risk of becoming homeless, the family structure itself isn’t to blame.
There are many positive effects associated with pet ownership, including improved physical and mental health, as shown in J. Sherpell’s study. As such, many people in North America consider pets an extension of family—some would argue that a home just isn’t a home without animals. (I have two cats and a dog, and definitely fall under this category.)