101029: Homeless Families in Canada

Discovering Total Families

About the Course:

Research on homeless families has focused primarily on residents of emergency and transitional housing programs, most of which serve victims of domestic violence and/or substance abuse, primarily women, excluding male partners and adolescent children. Resulting family profiles are skewed towards unaccompanied women with dependent children. Evaluation of a temporary emergency shelter for homeless families revealed a markedly different profile. Families housed were older, more often married and living together, and had more older children than reported elsewhere. Many were income-earning households left homeless by low income, a high rental market and under-funded migration moves in their search for employment. Housing and income policies need to include the unique needs of dual parent households with dependent children. COURSE SYLLABUS I. Background II. The Canadian Experience III. The Present Study IV. Conclusions


Families in Society (Alliance for Children and Families)

Publication Date:

2007 / Vol. 88, No. 1


Jeannette Waegemakers Schiff, PhD

About the Author:

Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, psychologists, and other human services and behavioral health professionals who seek knowledge about homelessness and families. It is appropriate for participants with beginning and intermediate levels of knowledge about the topic.

Course Objectives:

  1. Summarize current study on homeless families providing information on family composition, size, and ethnicity.

  2. Identify common misconceptions about family homelessness and additional research needed.

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