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Political Science Canadian

Multiple Barriers

The Multilevel Governance of Homelessness in Canada

by (author) Alison Smith

Publisher
University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
Jun 2022
Category
Canadian, General, Social Policy
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781487542436
    Publish Date
    Jun 2022
    List Price
    $36.95
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781487542429
    Publish Date
    Jul 2022
    List Price
    $90.00
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781487542443
    Publish Date
    Jun 2022
    List Price
    $36.95

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Despite decades of efforts to combat homelessness, many people continue to experience it in Canada’s major cities. There are a number of barriers that prevent effective responses to homelessness, including a lack of agreement on the fundamental question: what is homelessness?

 

In Multiple Barriers, Alison Smith explores the forces that shape intergovernmental and multilevel governance dynamics to help better understand why, despite the best efforts of community and advocacy groups, homelessness remains as persistent as ever. Drawing on nearly 100 interviews with key actors in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal, as well as extensive participant observation, Smith argues that institutional differences across cities interact with ideas regarding homelessness to contribute to very different models of governance. Multiple Barriers shows that the genuine involvement of locally based service providers, with the development of policy, are necessary for an effective, equitable, and enduring solution to the homelessness crisis in Canada.

About the author

Alison Smith is the author of The Wedding House, Six Mats and One Year, and the chapbook Fishwork, Dear (2009). She was shortlisted for the 2013 CBC Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared in Guernica Magazine, Fjords Review, Event Magazine, Rusty Toque, Understorey, and Lemonhound. She lives in New Germany, Nova Scotia.

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