Causes of Homelessness in Canada Persuasive Essay

A discussion on the causes of homelessness in Canada.
# 149903 | 886 words | 4 sources | APA | 2011 | US

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The paper reveals that there has been a significant rise in homelessness in Canada since the mid-1980s. The paper examines three primary factors of homelessness, which include poverty, a lack of affordable housing and the closing of mental illness institutions and hospitals. The paper concludes with the recommendation that the Canadian government increase spending on healthcare and affordable housing.

The Face of Homelessness
Causes of Homelessness

From the Paper:

"There are three terms used to describe homelessness as it relates to time. Chronic homelessness, for example, refers to someone who is homeless on a long-term or repeated basis (Echenberg& Jensen, 2008). Cyclical homelessness however, refers to someone who is homeless due to circumstances such as a recent release from prison; this may be a short or long-term experience (2008). Temporary homelessness, as the name suggests, is a short-term, temporary situation that is the result of an outside event such as a natural disaster (2008).
"The homeless population has changed from being predominantly middle aged men to a diverse population. Since the mid-1980s there has been a shift in the make-up of homeless people, making it a more diverse population. The homeless population in Canada ranges from children to the elderly, with the vast number of homeless between the ages of 30-35 (Pohl, 2001).Women and children are a growing segment within the homeless population with approximately 29% of shelter populations being women (2001).Between 20% and 30% of the homeless population suffers from mental illness and approximately one-third of the population has drug and/or alcohol problems (2001). Interestingly, many homeless people have low-paying jobs, but cannot access affordable housing and must resort to homeless shelters."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • CBC News. (2007). Homelessness 'Chronic' in Canada: Study.
  • Echenberg H, Jensen H. (2008). Defining "Homelessness"in Canada.Parliamentary Information and Research Service.p. 1-3.
  • Pohl, R. (2001). Homelessness in Canada.Street Level.
  • Yalnizyan, A. (2010). The Problem of Poverty Post Recession.Canadian Centre for Policy

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