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Bick, Carolyn
A motel in Massachusetts reveals the extent of the US' hidden homelessness problem. Residents share their stories.
Approaches to Skid Row: Rosewater? Rehabilitation? Radical Renewal?: Notes on the Conference of December 3, 4, 5, 1974
Report of the first National Conference of the Skid Row National Coalition.
Beyond Homelessness: Christian Faith in a Culture of Displacement
Booma-Prediger, Steven and Walsh, Brian
Beyond Homelessness looks at the socioeconomic, ecological and spiritual dimensions of homelessness. Going further than seeing housing as being bricks and mortar the authors see it as a search for bel...
Passos, Heloisa
Birdie, who sleeps in trees and sells fruits and vegetables on the streets of Rio de Janeiro, loves the two abandoned dogs he now lives with. In Heloisa Passos' film, Birdie reads the minds of his two...
Canadian Information Sharing Service: Pilot Copy, February 1976
Serial Publication (Periodical)
The first issue of the Canadian Information Sharing Service publication. The name of the publication was later changed to Connexions and then to Connexions Digest.
Connexions Library: Community & Urban Focus
Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on community and urban issues.
Crisis in the US: Social and Economic Effects, Restructuring and Methods of Adapting
Simon, Henri
The cause of the crisis in the US must be found in the context of the world capitalist economy and not credited to internal causes. These internal causes of course exist but in fact only shape the way...
Disaster and Mental Health: The Palestinian Experience
El Sarraj, Eyad; Qouta, Samir
The continuing Israeli military occupation of Gaza is the cause of deep and widespread trauma for Palestinian children and adults.
Don Weitz in conversation with Ulli Diemer
Weitz, Don; Diemer, Ulli
Activist Don Weitz interviewed by Ulli Diemer, December 8, 2016.
Dossier Homme Seul Itinerant
Theoretical base for organising and educative effort with single itinerant men in Montreal.
Down and Out in Paris and London
Orwell, George
Life near the bottom in France and England in the early 1930s.
Homeless: The Motel Kids of Orange County
Pelosi, Alexandra
Follows a group of children as their families struggle to live survive in one of the country's wealthiest areas.
Homeless and Hungry at College: Falling Through the Safety Net
Turl, Adam
With students and their family members losing jobs as tuition increases escalate and social services are cut, more and more students are falling through the tattered social safety net.
Homeless in America: Throw Them Out With the Trash
Ehrenreich, Barbara
What the Occupy Wall Streeters are beginning to discover, and homeless people have known all along, is that most ordinary, biologically necessary activities are illegal when performed in American stre...
Homelessness, Health Care and Welfare Provision
Fisher, Kevin & Collins, John (eds)
Drawing on their extensive background in working with the homeless in East London, the editors look at the subject from different perspectives. There are chapters on mental heath, substance abuse, yo...
Houses and Homes: Housing for Canadians
Sewell, John
Canadians need access to sound housing in decent neighborhoods, writes author Sewell. And in order to achieve this, all ideoligical freight is to be jettisoned and deliver nothing but the straight go...
How Dogs Forge a Bond with Rio's Homeless That Is Life-Saving for Both
Greenwald, Glenn
Homelessness in Rio is, in many ways, virtually identical to how it manifests in other large cities: it entails unimaginable material and emotional deprivation, hopelessness, societal invisibility, an...
Local Places In the Age of the Global City
Keil, Roger, Wekerle, Gerda R., Bell, David V.J. (eds.)
The contributors to Local Places look at the complex social, economic and political contexts of cities in the 1990s and suggest that cities and urbanity, while part of the problem, also need to be con...
A Model of Theological Reflection
Training document to organise analysis of the conditions that foster the existence of skid row.
National Skid Row Coalition Conference, Vancouver May 12-15, 1975
Barry, Bernard
Description of conference with reflections on implications for Calgary.
No Land! No House! No Vote! Voices from Symphony Way: Voices from Symphony Way
Accounts from Symphony Way pavement dwellers, joined together in an anti-eviction campaign, living in shacks insisting that the government provide permanent housing.
Report on Services to Homeless Men: Working Paper
It is estimated that there are between 50 and 300 "homeless" men in the city of Halifax.
Report on the Conference; Vancouver 1975: May 12-13, 1975
Peterson, Larry
Conference on stategies used on Skid Row, focusing on Vancouver organisations.
Social Determinants of Health: Canadian Perspectives
Raphael, Dennis (ed.)
The social determinants of health are summarized and analyzed by over 30 medical and social academics.
Street children: New Internationalist April 2005 - #377
Serial Publication (Periodical)
A look at the lives of street children around the world. Discussion of the challenges they face day-to-day and what some are forced to do to survive.
Take Back the Land
Rameau, Max
It is immoral for human beings to be forced to live on the streets while perfectly good structures stand vacant, sometimes just blocks away.
Take Back The Land, Give Root To Democracy: Book Review by Alex Knight
Knight, Alex
In many ways, Take Back the Land is a direct heir of the bottom-up, Black self-empowerment, civil disobedient, movement-building tradition, and is one of the most inspiring examples of a group renewin...
Theological Reflection Re: Skid Row
Reflection on the conditions that foster the existence of Skid Rows in Canada.
Toronto's Poor: A Rebellious History
Palmer, Bryan D.; Heroux, Gaetan
Toronto’s Poor reveals the long and too often forgotten history of poor people’s resistance. It details how the homeless, the unemployed, and the destitute have struggled to survive and secure food an...
An Unauthorized Biography of the World: Oral History on the Front Lines
Riordon, Michael
This book uses oral history to discuss oral history. It is in memoir style, and delves into how oral history is done in such places as First Nations (Canada), Turkey, Chicago, Newfoundland, Peru, New ...
Under the Viaduct: Homeless in Beautiful B.C.
Baxter, Sheila
The author, through interviews, gives a collection of testimonials of Vancouver's homeless and strategies to combat this social problem.
Urban core support network annual conference 1982:: The disappearance of affordable housing for people on the margins
The 1982 Conference of the Urban Core Support Network, held in Toronto in October, focused on the disappearance of affordable housing.
What A.G.A.I.N.?
Bosworth, Bill
Adequate Guaranteed Annual Income and Skid Row.
Women on "Skid Row": A Proposal for a Shelter for Alcoholic and Homeless Women in Montreal
Davies, Phyl
A proposal written to funding bodies requesting financial assistance in setting up a women's shelter in Montreal.

Connexions Directory of Groups & Websites

KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives
KAIROS brings together churches and religious organziations to respond to issues of common concern, advocate for social change and join faith with action for social transformation.
Raising the Roof
Raising the Roof is Canada's only national charity dedicated to long-term solutions to homelessness. We work nationally, regionally and locally to bring about lasting solutions to homelessness. What ...

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All Our Sisters
Stories of Homeless Women in Canada
Scott, Susan
The author conducted sixty interviews with homeless women from Vancouver to Ottawa. This investigative reporter has organized the interviews in chapters dealing with the impact of housing policies, vi...
City slides into skid row
Weitz, Don
Perhaps some city planners and alderpersons are finally starting to take a serious look at Toronto’s skid row areas and the people struggling to survive in them. And just perhaps, they’ll come up with...
Death becomes rallying cry
Solomon, Rosalyn
Paul Croutch, a homeless man who was beaten to death by army reservists was remembered by his friends yesterday at the same spot he lost his life three years ago.
Julia Tuttle Causeway sex offender colony
Wikipedia article
The Julia Tuttle Causeway sex offender colony (also called "Bookville" by former residents) was an encampment of banished, registered sex offenders who were living beneath the Julia Tuttle Causeway --...
Squatters are not home stealers
Rose, Steve
The criminalising of squatters in Britain is part of a Europe-wide backlash. But with at least 10% of the world population squatting, can they really be a menace to society?
Who Killed Grace Bates...?
Browne, Norman G.; Weitz, Grace
Grace Bates, a long-time resident of Cabbagetown, was 63 years of age when she died in the early morning of July 19 [1976] at Nellie’s Hostel on Broadview. She had been taken to Nellie’s Hostel the pr...

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Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions
Organization profile published 2007
A non-violent, direct-action group originally established to oppose and resist Israeli demolition of Palestinian houses in the Occupied Territories, now also engaged in resistance activities in other ...