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No one is safe from experiencing homelessness. No one chooses to be homeless and it can happen to anyone. In most cases, it is the intersection of structural factors, personal histories and individual characteristics that leads to homelessness. Structural factors include: the growing gap between the rich and the poor, the decrease in affordable housing supply; the decrease in services, supports and social assistance; and, discrimination and racism. Personal histories and individual characteristics include: catastrophic events; loss of employment; family break up; onset of mental and/or other debilitating illnesses; substance use by oneself or family members; a history of physical, sexual or emotional abuse; and, involvement in the child welfare system. Every community in Canada has homeless people, even if you don't see them on the street.
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Selected Population Resources
A Child's Perspective on Homelessness
A Mother's Struggles With Homelessness
A Safe Place Alternative for Youth in Crisis
Aging in Place: Bea's Room of her "OWN"
Challenges for homeless dads
Cody explains how he became homeless
Digital Storytelling Project: Teal's Story
Eric & Sons
Flying the Nest - a documentary on youth homelessness
From Stilettos to Mocassins
Help for the whole family: First Place School
Here at Home: The Wound Inside
Home Safe Calgary
Home Safe Hamilton
Home Safe Toronto
Homeless LGBT Youth: A Day In Our Shoes
Ici, chez soi - Le courage retrouvé
Internet Safety – Helping Homeless Youth In Canada — Light Patrol — Part 1/2
Internet Safety – Helping Homeless Youth In Canada — Light Patrol — Part 2/2
Keep in Touch
One Mother's Story of Living in a Van
Out of options, family moves into truck
Personal Stories - Alicia
Personal Stories - Demar
Putting Homelessness in Focus
Stories from Skid Row | Ralph & Tokoyo
Survival, Strength, Sisterhood: Power of Women in the Downtown Eastside
The Voices of Experience - Emily
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