4.4. Rights to the City: Thinking Social Justice for Chronically Homeless Women

This article contrasts two models of support for homeless women – the continuum of care, and Housing First. Although the former has drawbacks, Housing First could result in warehousing marginalized individuals in units that present a façade of normalcy, but that mask the isolation of vulnerable individuals. A focus on home spaces and gendered and race-sensitive rights to the city represent alternatives. These approaches would acknowledge that women and men become homeless for different reasons and react differently to the services available and that different physical structures and community surroundings are required for inclusion efforts to be meaningful.

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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