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Homegrown effort to end homelessness leads international network

Homegrown effort to end homelessness leads international network

Stephen Gaetz, a leading Canadian homeless researcher based at York University's Faculty of Education, was interviewed by the Calgary Herald March 21 in a story about an international homelessness conference held in United States:

The Calgary Homeless Foundation has taken a leadership role in bringing together an international network dedicated to ending homelessness worldwide.

Foundation CEO Tim Richter instigated a four-day conference in Washington, D.C., that wrapped up Friday with broad participation from premier agencies, policy-makers and researchers from across North America, Europe and Australia.

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"Homelessness as a big problem, emerged in Canada much later than it did in the U.K. or Australia or the United States. So we're kind of behind in our response to homelessness," said Gaetz.

"But by working collaboratively in this international context, we can leapfrog forward and move very quickly to develop effective permanent solutions, because the ideas are out there. There's a plan to move forward."

Gaetz is an active member of the Homeless Hub at York University, the first comprehensive and cross-disciplinary web-based clearinghouse of homelessness research in the world.

He also directs the multi-year Canadian Homelessness Research Network, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

Posted by Elizabeth Monier-Williams, research communications officer, with files courtesy of YFile , York University’s daily e-bulletin