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Homelessness is an imminent danger!

at danger of homelessness and homelessness as a danger

  • The revised Canadian landlord and tenant law has speeded up the eviction process  and sets no limit on the rent charged to new tenants when they move into an apartment.

  • Homelessness has been growing at an alarming rate.  Youth under the age of 18 and families with children are the fastest growing group of hostel users.[11]

  • In many parts of Canada, the wait for a subsidized housing unit is several years.[2]

  • The Federal and Provincial governments have cancelled funding for building social housing.[20]

  •   70% of ’street youth’ report leaving home because of abuse (physical and/or sexual).[21]

  • The Canadian Public Health Association recognizes that  "adequate shelter is a prerequisite for health" and that "homelessness is a health issue".[21]


2. Child and Youth Health Network of Eastern Ontario and Determinants of Health Working Group. March 2000. The Challenges Our Children Face: Are we building healthy communities? Is there room for improvement? A report card on Child Poverty in Renfrew.

11. Campaign 2000, Report Card on Child Poverty in Ontario, 1999.

20. Canadian Council on Social Development, The Progress of Canada?s Children in 1998, 1998.

21. Canadian Public Health Association. 1997 Position paper on the Homelessness and Health. Available: accessed April 18, 2006

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