7. Building Community: Supportive Housing for Young Mothers

This analysis explores the case study of a Nova Scotia supportive housing development (Supportive Housing for Young Mothers – SHYM) designed for young mothers and their children. Based on two rounds of in-depth interviews, conducted six months apart, with 10 tenants, four staff members and five Board members, in addition to tenants’ completion of the World Health Organization Quality of Life survey (WHOQOL-BREF), this research highlights how the tenants experience SHYM, their quality of life, feelings of self-worth and hopes for the future. It also explores how the staff and Board members experience working at/with SHYM, as well as their experiences with the development and evolution of this non-profit organization.

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Gaetz, Stephen
O’Grady, Bill
Buccieri, Kristy
Karabanow, Jeff
Marsolais, Allyson
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Canadian Observatory On Homelessness