Each night, more than 17,000 Canadians sleep in homeless shelters or on the street. But for every person who’s homeless in Canada, there are 23 households that are vulnerably housed and at high risk of becoming homeless. Across the country, more than 380,000 individuals and families are living in this precarious state.
Yep, we’re still fighting for the Census! And we still need your help!
As you know, we haven’t won the fight yet – the Conservatives continue to defy logic, public opinion, and the government’s own staff and advisors on this issue, and have so far refused to budge. The casualties in this fight include Canada’s Chief Statistician, Munir Sheikh, morale at Statistics Canada, and, to a disturbing degree, the truth itself.
Research in Vancouver, Toronto and Ottawa over a two-year period suggests that for every person sleeping on the street, there are 23 more who are at risk of becoming homeless — living in unaffordable, crowded and unsafe conditions.
That's approximately 400,000 people across Canada — a “hidden emergency” that is being ignored, researchers say.
The Research Alliance for Canadian Homelessness, Housing and Health says that while these so-called “vulnerably housed” people may have roofs over their heads, they are plagued with the same devastating health problems as the homeless.
Half of them have a history of mental illness, and almost two-thirds have had a traumatic brain injury at some point.
Many of them are dealing with harsh physical-health issues too, such as arthritis, Hepatitis B, asthma and high blood pressure.
A third of them say they're having trouble finding enough to eat.
Abstract: Ms. Tracey P. Lauriault discusses neighbourhood scale research using Census data. She introduces the The Cybercartographic Pilot Atlas of the Risk of Homelessness created at the Geomatics and Cartographic Research and will feature community based research used to inform public policy as part of the Canadian Social Data Strategy (CSDS) . She features maps and data about social issues in Canadian cities & metropolitan areas (e.g. Calgary, Toronto, Halton, Sault Ste. Marie, hamilton, Ottawa, Montreal, & others) and focuses on the importance of local analysis and what the loss of the Long-Form Census could mean to evidence based decision making to communities in Canada’s.