Preparing for Rising Homelessness
InÂ today’s op-ed, I argue that homelessness rises after a recession, but that there’s a lag effect.Â To be sure, after the recession of the early 1990s, homelessness in Toronto (as measured by the use of emergency shelters) increased very substantially, but several years after the recession had officially ended.Â I argue in the op-ed that all three levels of government can and should act to prevent what will likely be a substantial increase in homelessness.Â Municipal politicians can make homelessness a priority inÂ upcoming elections, provincial governments can fund more rent supplements for low-income households, and the federal government can make pemanent–and increase funding for–the Homelessness Partnering Strategy.
Nick Falvo is a Calgary-based research consultant with a PhD in Public Policy. He has academic affiliation at both Carleton University and Case Western Reserve University, and is Section Editor of the Canadian Review of Social Policy/Revue canadienne de politique sociale. You can check out his website here: https://nickfalvo.ca/.