Community Based Sense of Home Research Project
Some researchers have suggested that for indigenous people the experience of being homeless started when they were taken to residential schools or apprehended during the 60’s scoop. Homelessness is not simply about the lack of a structure, but the loss of relationships between families, communities and culture.
The purpose of this project is to learn about what “home” means to people who are currently homeless, at risk of being homeless or are living in housing that is not adequate in terms of safety, affordability and/or state of repair.
This is a community driven research project, and as such we will be speaking to community partners, stakeholders and people with lived experience to learn more about community concerns regarding homelessness, and to help shape the direction of the project. We will establish a dialogue with people who are experiencing homelessness, are at risk or homelessness or are inadequately housed to learn more about what home means to them. It is our hope that the results of this research will be used to help service providers, community groups and those directly affected by homelessness to move forward in breaking the cycle of homelessness in our community.