8.2 Pathways into Homelessness: Testing the Heterogeneity Hypothesis

Using data from a sample of 268 homeless persons in the Region of Peel, the author tests the hypothesis that sociodemographic traits are associated with risk factors, causes, or pathways into homelessness and that different services, programs and policy responses are required for different subgroups of the homeless population. The results of this study show that while there is an association between sociodemographic traits and self-reported reasons for and pathways into homelessness, there is limited support for specialized services, programs and policies targeting specific sub-groups of the population.

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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