Entries by Thea Divinagracia

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 […]

Pitching Shelter from Isolation

Photo by JacksonDavid on Pixabay   Maria is a natural protagonist and storyteller who “could write a bloody bestseller.” In life and in narrative, Maria’s creativity shines through as she recounts her story of beating the odds of homelessness, and helping others do the same, through the analogy of a baseball game. In the many […]

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

Photo by StockSnap from Pixabay   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 in a tent for the previous two years. On the day I spoke to Leanne over the phone, a mouse had scurried […]

Winding Streets And Clocks

Photo by TobiasBrunner on Pixabay   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, and in her own mind – showing vulnerability was one of the most difficult. It was also one of the […]

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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