A New Direction: A Framework for Homelessness Prevention Webinar

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While there will always be a need for emergency services to help those in crisis, we need to focus on preventive strategies that address the many causes of homelessness, to reduce the number of people in Canada who experience the trauma of becoming homeless.

On April 20, the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness launched A New Direction: A Framework for Homelessness Prevention. The framework provides a definition of what homelessness prevention means and outlines the policies and practices needed to effectively prevent homelessness. The framework draws on international examples where countries such as Wales, Scotland, Australia, and Germany have successfully taken up homelessness prevention. This webinar, with Dr. Stephen Gaetz and Erin Dej, will provide an outline of the framework and open up a national conversation about homelessness prevention.


Dr. Stephen Gaetz is the Director of the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness and professor in the Faculty of Education at York University. Dr. Gaetz is committed to a research agenda that foregrounds social justice and attempts to make research on homelessness relevant to policy and program development. His research on homeless youth has focused on their economic strategies, health, education and legal and justice issues, and more recently, he has focused his attention on policy and in particular the Canadian response to homelessness.

Dr. Erin Dej is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow with the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness, York University. She received her doctorate in Criminology from the University of Ottawa. Her area of research includes homelessness, mental health, and autonomy among homeless men and women. She has also conducted research projects on the legislative shifts to the not criminally responsible designation, and the medicalization/ criminalization /racialization of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). Dr. Dej has taught in the Department of Criminology at the University of Ottawa, as well as in the Department of Law and Legal Studies and at the Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Carleton University. Dr. Dej teaches in the areas of punishment, law, criminology, and mental health.

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