Academic Journals, the News, and Homelessness.
by DeborahLaroche on October 24, 2017 - 9:52am
On July 7 of 2015, the first census on homelessness in Montreal was published explains an article published on the CBC website on the day of the census' publication. It gives insight as to what went into the document and what the results were. The most important result was that there are more than 3,000 homeless people in Montreal, 76% of whom are men. The 800 volunteers that helped with the project weren’t only looking for men and women who sleep on the street; the focus was “Hidden Homelessness”. This means taking into consideration anyone who sleeps in shelter, has no known address and even people who couch-surf night after night. Eric Latimer, the project’s general manager, says the goal was to get a bigger and better picture of overall homelessness by taking hidden homelessness into account. His hope is that they can “repeat the count every two years”. Mayor Denis Coderre, who released the census, says he hopes this is the first step to making the population aware, as well as making sure something is getting done to help this problem.
The mass media, such as journal articles, can only be somewhat helpful when looking at big social issues. At some point, if the goal is to go in depths about a complex problem such as homelessness, academic journals provide much more detailed information written by specialists and on the subject. I would encourage you to go take a look at these three academic journals in order to get a better perspective and understanding of homelessness. The Canadian Journal of Public Health, the Journal of International Migration and Integration, and the Canadian Journal of Urban Research are all academic journals which include articles like “What leads to homeless shelter re-entry? An exploration of the psychosocial, health, contextual and demographic factors,” “Exploring the Experiences of Newcomer Women with Insecure Housing in Montréal Canada,” and “Framing Homelessness for the Canadian Public: The News Media and Homelessness,” respectively.