Members of our team have published a chapter on partnering with community organizations to improve services for those who are experiencing homelessness. The McGill University Social Development Research Group has partnered with the Old Brewery Mission (OBM) since 2011 to conduct research and improve services for the homeless.
Our team has just published an article on shelter use amongst men who are new to homelessness in later life. The article was based on our review of administrative data of the men’s shelter in Montreal, and adds to understandings of the phenomenon of new homelessness in late life.
Our team has just published the results of a comprehensive review of research on homelessness among older people between 1978 and 2014. In this paper we review ‘what is currently known’ in the field, including the estimated prevalence of homelessness among older people in Canada, pathways into homeless in late life, and differences that exist according to ‘race’, class, gender, ability, health status, and geography.
We are pleased to see that Quebec’s national strategy combatting homelessness recognizes persons aged 50+. A great first step in addressing the unique needs of this group.
This report reviews the state of literature on aging and homelessness. A substantial literature spanning several decades explores homelessness and the programs designed to address this issue (Lee, Tyler, & Wright, 2010; Shlay & Rossi, 1992; Toro, 2007; Trypuc & Robinson, 2009). However, present knowledge and practices about homelessness tend to focus on youth, younger adults, and young families, with far less attention to older people (Beynon, 2009; Burns, Grenier, Lavoie, Rothwell, & Sussman, 2012; Cohen, 1999; Crane & Warnes, 2001; Gonyea, Mills-Dick, & Bachman, 2010; McDonald, Dergal, & Cleghorn, 2004). Older people who are homeless are depicted as an ‘invisible population’ (Gonyea et al., 2010), but with demographic shifts the numbers of older people experiencing homelessness can be expected to rise (Edmonston & Fong, 2011). Population aging calls for research and policy attention to aging and homelessness.
The care needs of older adults experiencing physical and cognitive decline generate much attention in political, popular, and academic debates. Yet, particular subgroups of the older population are often overlooked. Such is the case for older homeless people, whose numbers are increasing across Canada and internationally.