4.2 Better Off in a Shelter? A Year of Homelessness Housing among Status Immigrant, Non-Status Migrant, Canadian-Born Families

This year-long study compared the experiences of three kinds of homeless families who, at the beginning of the study, were living in a family shelter in Toronto: Canadian-born families, immigrant families with permanent resident status, and families headed by migrant women without permanent status. Although most families found housing within the year, not all were better off housed than they had been before becoming homeless or during their time in the shelter, where they had access to childcare and other services, were protected from abusive ex-partners, and found relief from the financial strain of paying high rents.

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Hulchanski, J. David
Campsie, Philippa
Chau, Shirley B.Y.
Hwang, Stephen H.
Paradis, Emily
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Canadian Observatory on Homelessness