At present, there is little information about how to best address the needs of older homeless people in Canada. Our position is that policymakers and program managers require information that is grounded in empirical results, including feedback from practitioners/stakeholders and the narratives of older homeless people. Data from this project will provide insight into the life trajectories of older homeless people, outline the service barriers that exist for people ‘aging on the streets’ with regards to long-term care, and broaden existing understandings of aging and homelessness in scholarly research and social programming. An improved awareness of older adults’ experiences and the needs that occur at the intersections of aging and homelessness, can for example, help to find solutions to better access to institutional resources in health and social care and or suggest changes with regards to housing. Research results will inform the fields of social gerontology and social work as well as provide suggestions to better equip policy makers and practitioners to address the unique needs of Canada’s older homeless population.
Results from various phases of the project can be found below.