Title:Housing vulnerability and health: Canada’s hidden emergency.
Corporate Author: Research Alliance for Canadian Homelessness, Housing, and Health
Subject:Housing – temporary, emergency, homelessness|split|Housing – studies, surveys|split|Health issues – poverty
Publisher:Research Alliance for Canadian Homelessness, Housing, and Health
Place of Publication:Toronto
Date of Publication:2010

For the first time in Canada, we have the numbers to show that people who are vulnerably housed face the same severe health problems – and danger of assault – as people who are homeless. The number of people experiencing the devastating health outcomes associated with inadequate housing could be staggering. There are about 17,000 shelter beds available across Canada every night, but almost 400,000 Canadians are vulnerably housed. This means that for each person who is homeless in Canada, 23 more people are vulnerably housed – paying more than half of their monthly income for rent, and living with substantial risk of becoming homeless. Key findings: People who don’t have a healthy place to live – regardless of whether they’re vulnerably housed or homeless – are at high risk of serious physical and mental health problems and major problems accessing the health care they need. Many end up hospitalized or in the emergency department. 40 per cent of people who don’t have a healthy place to live have been assaulted at least once in the past year, and one in three have trouble getting enough to eat. Key recommendations: We’re calling for the federal government to respond by setting national housing standards that ensure universal, timely access to healthy (i.e. decent, stable, and affordable) housing.

 Material Type:Report

D. HOUSING/2010 housing_vulnerability_health.pdf

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