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In Canada, 35,000 people sleep every night without a
home, according to report
News ca: A report, entitled Putting an End to Child & Family Homelessness
in Canada, asserts that the problem of homelessness in Canada is "a
disaster" that affects not only single people, young and old, but families
are living in households that cannot sustain and therefore hundreds of
conclusion stems from the study by Raising the Roof, an organization based in
Toronto, Ontario, conducted over three years, with interviews with people who
must rely on community support centers and staff of these centers.
study presents a case type of a child who is homeless: "imagine waking up
in a strange place one morning, not knowing where he is, without recognizing
those around you (...) After school, he finds his mother and takes another strange building at
time sharing the bed with her younger sister, her brother is on a couch and his
mother sleeps on the floor of a room. He
knows he is lucky to have where to spend the night at a friend's house. Tomorrow the
process repeated. "
to the analysis by Raising the Roof, "this is the life of hundreds of
children in Canada who are homeless, for whom the loss of stability is
families, says the report, have permanent access to emergency shelters, but
others stay in temporary places and friends. What
happens to their family has serious consequences for both adults and children. "But
there are many who still imagine a homeless man as a person, usually male,
single, sitting in a corner." Experts
explain then emphasize that the situation of lack of housing is much more
complex than that image, which has different stages and demographic groups.
to the study, for every person who is already on the street, there are three
that are about to be. "The
lack of housing is a disaster in this country, even one that has been
recognized by the United Nations," reads the report. Every
night, 35,000 citizens in Canada sleep without a home, a number that annually
amounts to about 235,000 individuals.
of the factors that affect the reality of these 3.1 million Canadian households
currently are the lack of affordable housing, care services for children,
income support, discrimination, poverty and food insecurity.
Barr, Executive Director of Raising the Roof, said through a press release that
"three years ago decided to embark on a national initiative to analyze the
gaps that exist to identify families living in homes they cannot keep. We
are pleased to show the results of the study, with the hope that every child
and every family living homeless in this country are a thing of the past.
report focuses on three key areas considered when analyzing this family
situation and children: primary prevention, response and early intervention
includes a series of recommendations:
Develop and support a coordinated national response and actions on mental
health of children • Develop
and fund a National Housing Strategy