Homelessness: How To End The National Crisis

February 26, 2008|
Homelessness: How To End The National Crisis by Jack Layton
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Barely two decades ago the world's experts in housing policy were giving Canada high marks for its progressive housing policies. Until recently, our own common understanding of homelessness had been limited to occasional wanderers, eccentrics, boozers or addicts. Yet, as a new century dawns, homelessness as we recognize it has changed and grown, offering painful reminders of the soup-kitchen lineups of the depression era.

Homelessness is a rapidly growing social problem. Measured in terms of displaced persons, the dimensions of the crisis rival those found during natural disasters such as the Quebec and Manitoba floods, or the great ice storm of '98.

Today's homelessness in Canadian communities represents a relatively new phenomenon, difficult to comprehend in this land and time of plenty. How did this happen? How did we get here? What can be done to solve it?

Jack Layton, one of this country's leading experts and outspoken activists on housing issues, addresses the crisis from its roots, in order not only to understand the problem, but to find workable solutions. With a stunning combination of rigorous research and compelling personal anecdote, and trenchant and timely analysis from such wide-ranging sources as social scientists, housing economists, mayors, journalists, clergy and the homeless themselves, Homelessness offers insight, perspective and proactive solutions to a seemingly intractable crisis.

Born and raised in Quebec, JACK LAYTON graduated from McGill University and received his doctorate in political science from York University. He was leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada from 2003 until his death in 2011. He previously sat on Toronto City Council, serving at times during that period as acting mayor and deputy ma...
Title:Homelessness: How To End The National Crisis
Product dimensions:416 pages, 8.2 X 5.3 X 1 in
Shipping dimensions:416 pages, 8.2 X 5.3 X 1 in
Published:February 26, 2008
Publisher:Penguin Canada
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780143055242

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