All Canadians deserve safe, decent and affordable housing, but for some, the lack of housing is a matter of life and death.
Canada’s homelessness crisis is the direct result of the federal withdrawal from housing investment.
One of the biggest factors that determine whether people will stay healthy or wind up needing emergency or chronic medical care is where they live.
People without access to stable housing are at higher risk of illness, and their likelihood of recovering well from that illness is greatly diminished.
More than 235,000 Canadians experience homelessness at some point every year, whether they sleep in shelters, on the street, couch surf, or wait in hospital.
In emergency rooms and frontline clinics, patients are triaged based on the urgency of their illness. The sickest are seen first, followed by those in less immediate danger.