On the Street: How We Created the Homeless by Barbara MurphyOn the Street: How We Created the Homeless by Barbara Murphy

On the Street: How We Created the Homeless

byBarbara Murphy

Paperback | October 16, 2000

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More people are now living below the poverty line in Canada that at any previous time in our history, even as our society as a whole becomes more afluent. At the same time, the middle class is reclaiming the inner cities, replacing old affordable housing for the poor with upscale real estate. And mentally ill Canadians, traditionally cared for in institutions, have been moved en masse into local communities which have neither planned for the influx nor allocated the resources for dealing with the strain it has put on special housing. The convergence of these economic, social and health care trends has left thousands homeless. Barbara Murphy’s On the Street examines the circumstances that have led to this situation and explores possible remedies. Her cogent arguments and lucid style make this a must–read for any Canadian who cares about the kind of society we are creating.

Barbara Murphy, an Ottawa writer and social policy consultant, writes about social issues affecting Canadians. Her books include, Eating the Wedding Gifts: Lean Years After Marriage Break–up (2005), Why Women Bury Men: The Longevity Gap in Canada (2002), On the Street: How We Created the Homeless (2000), and The Ugly Canadian: The Rise...
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Title:On the Street: How We Created the HomelessFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 8.48 × 5.56 × 0.38 inPublished:October 16, 2000Publisher:J. Gordon Shillingford PublishingLanguage:English

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Every major North American city has its share of homeless people. In Canada, there are more people living below the poverty line than ever before. Barbara Murphy examines this serious problem in On the Street: How We Created the Homeless. Murphy outlines the reasons for this problem, starting with the middle class reclaiming the housing market in the inner cities. Another problem is with mentally ill Canadians, who are moving to local communities that do not have the resources or special housing to accommodate everybody.

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"I recommend this alternative history for readers who are interested in how, over the last hundred years, we have created a situation that Þnds about 35,000 to 40,000 literally homeless Canadians on the street tonight. Read this history to discover how poor-bashing is a national tradition."

–Canadian Forum