The role of public libraries in supporting their community, especially vulnerable persons is nothing new. For people experiencing homelessness, libraries provide relief during times of extreme weather, a place to relax, connect and receive supports. Libraries can function as enriched spaces by offering opportunities to spend the day unnoticed by others, and legitimating their presence in prime rather than marginal spaces.
- Lindsay's blog
Women’s homelessness is a crisis in Canada.
Kick off the new year with some fresh reads as recommended by your friends at the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness (COH). Below is a collection of books that run the gamut from neuroscience and information organization to a deep dive into the Indigenous reconciliation process in Canada. Give them a read this winter!
Today, I would like to showcase the Toronto Family and Natural Supports (FNS) Program, another exciting program developed under the umbrella of the Making the Shift Youth Homelessness Demonstration Lab (MtS DEMS), co-led by A Way Home Canada and the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness. There are 12 Making the Shift demonstration (MtS DEMS) sites in 10 communities across Alberta and Ontario. Each is, currently collecting data to help refine our efforts to prevent and endchronic youth homelessness.
In this bi-weekly blog series, I explore recent research on homelessness, and what it means for the provision of services to prevent or end homelessness.