Issues We Face

RESEARCH | How Does Household Crowding Affect Education Outcomes?

March 11, 2018

From 2003 to 2009, the number of American households containing multiple families tripled. Crowded housing (when a household has more members than rooms) is most common among low-income families, is concentrated among younger people, and is frequently a response to unaffordable housing. Early exposure to crowding can affect health, developmental, social, and economic outcomes later … Read More

RESEARCH | How Common Is Homelessness in Emergency Departments?

February 2, 2018

Homeless people have higher rates of hospital and emergency department use than the general population and often suffer from serious conditions upon admittance, resulting in high medical costs and potentially long stays. These people are not always easily identifiable because of a lack of or improper documentation and recognition bias by emergency medicine professionals, which … Read More

RESEARCH | Does Permanent Supportive Housing Decrease Homelessness?

December 28, 2017

Can the expansion of permanent supportive housing (PSH), which provides permanent housing with accompanying support services to homeless people, explain the reduction in homelessness between 2007 and 2014? Kevin Corinth examines this question in his study published in The Journal of Housing Economics. Read research

RESEARCH | New funding helped, but thousands still turned away from Alberta women’s shelters: Report

December 12, 2017

The Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters‘ data shows the “unparalleled” injection of funds for Alberta women’s shelters has proven effective. The reports details how the $15-million provincial investment into shelter outreach has led to an 18-per cent decrease in the number of women turned away in 2016-17, compared to the previous year. It has also meant a … Read More

RESEARCH | Canada’s household debt levels are the highest in the world

December 11, 2017

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) found household debt levels in Canada are the highest in the world, making the country more vulnerable to an economic shock. The warning from the OECD came in a report on economic growth which highlighted concerns over the levels of household debt in both advanced and emerging economies. … Read More

RESEARCH | The Power of Combining Food and Housing Assistance

December 5, 2017

A recent study in the Journal of Applied Research on Children finds streamlining the application processes for nutrition assistance and housing assistance can help families’ outcomes while also reducing duplicative bureaucracy. Read research

RESEARCH | Examining issue of single adults living in poverty

December 4, 2017

Produced by Food Banks Canada and circulated to all provincial associations and food banks in the national network, it’s Nowhere to Turn: Single Adults Living with Poverty in Canada. The main point of this report is focus on the need for new supports for low income single adults in the new Poverty Reduction Strategy. The … Read More