Entries by AEHCR

Four Heroines

Photo by jplenio on Pixabay   Four older women’s passages through the labyrinth of homelessness, converge in lived expertise as researchers   On an August morning in 2021, a group of researchers congregated in a boardroom in downtown Victoria. Its windows, stretching from floor to ceiling, were more capacious than those of the digital screens […]

In the Labyrinth of Homelessness

Narrated by: Hilary Marks   Christy took pride in being a community researcher, a role in which she applied her analytical mind, empathetic ear, and dedication to giving back – even when she had lost so much herself. “If I knew at the outset of my career that I could do this for a living […]

Pitching Shelter from Isolation

Narrated by: Gabrielle Gabrielle is the youth storyteller for Face 2 Face with Stigma. She is also a person experiencing homelessness and drug use and uses these experiences to educate others.   Maria is a natural protagonist and storyteller who “could write a bloody bestseller.” In life and in narrative, Maria’s creativity shines through as […]

Seeking Creature Comforts

Photo by Alexas_Fotos on Pixabay   In the spring of 2020, Jessica began working for a University of Victoria study that examines homelessness and housing insecurity in older women. In this role, she is a researcher who holds a rare combination of academic training, with a Master’s degree in anthropology, and lived experience of the […]

Seeking A Good Night’s Sleep

Narrated by: Jessica Stepushyn Jessica is a facilitator and creative for Face 2 Face with Stigma who also has lived experience of mental illness and invisible disabilities.   When Leanne was offered housing at a sheltering hotel during the pandemic, she had hoped secure a place to rest at the age of 68, after residing […]

Winding Streets And Clocks

Narrated by: Bailey Bailey is a storyteller for Face 2 Face with Stigma who is also 3 years into recovery from addiction and mental illness.   For much of her life, Celeste had to be a “scrapper” in order to survive. Of the many things she’s braved – trauma behind closed doors, on the streets, […]

BC Budget 2022 begins to acknowledge systemic causes of homelessness

The Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness notes with hope the provincial government’s commitments to increase supports for people experiencing homelessness – particularly its commitments to youth. The 2022 Budget commits $35 million over the next three years to respond to the heightened risk of homelessness faced by former youth in care. The Greater Victoria […]

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