Anecdotes

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 the Labyrinth of Homelessness

Photo by qimono on Pixabay   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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Thank you to our funder and project partners, CMHC!

This project entitled Surfacing Our Strengths: Co-creating Strategic Solutions with Women+ At Risk of Violence and Homelessness received funding from the National Housing Strategy under the NHS Solutions Labs.

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