Homelessness and Returns to Shelters

by DeborahLaroche on November 2, 2017 - 11:39am


On April 22, 2017, the Montreal Times published and article title “Montreal Homelessness Worse than Ever”. The author Sergio Martinez argues that the action plan put in place by Mayor Coderre back in December of 2015 is ineffective. Homelessness is still a big issue in Montreal because the root causes of the problem aren’t being addressed, for example alcohol or drug abuse. In a study conducted by Annie T. Duchesne, David W. Rothwell: “What leads to homeless shelter re-entry? An exploration of the psychosocial, health, contextual and demographic factors”, the authors explain that what leads homeless individuals to return to shelters is usually a lack of support either from friends and/or family, or from the government. In fact, as Martinez explains, there needs to be more programs put in place not only to prevent homelessness but to support the individuals who are trying to get back on their feet. The study also indicates another problem, imposed departures form shelters due to lack of space for everyone in need. In sum, both articles explains that there are many problems in relation to homelessness that aren’t being addressed. More program should be put in place for problems like substance, shelters and the government need to work together in order to help individuals get back on their feet and have a lower chance of re-entering shelters, and there should be more help available for the individuals to have a healthy support-system. 



Hello my name is Padli. I am from Kansai International University of
Study Japan.

I read your article and it reminds me about the homeless in my country in
Indonesia. They do not only have home, address and many more to live.
Sometimes they commit crimes like stealing someone's wallet. They also sing
songs with guitar to get money in front of people’s house. I know these are
the only things that they can do to survive, but it is really annoying
for us. Unfortunately, the number will not shrink because it is too high.
It is different in Japan. I have lived in Osaka, Japan for more than 4
years and I have only seen the homeless in a village.
I do not know why there are no many homeless people here even though the
living expenses
are quite expensive, but in 2016 while Tokyo counts fewer homeless in
daytime, advocacy group finds higher numbers at night, totaled 1,473.
Although they do not show up at stations or big parks frequently, some
people who thought their financial situation is unstable, they stay at
internet cafes, but they are not classified as homeless, so Tokyo
government assumes that there are still a number of homeless who are not
counted accurately (Osumi, 2016). Homelessness in every country has
different condition depending on the way of their thinking and how
the government is taking care of them. In my opinion, the government should
give them education so that they can get skills to do a job or do
business and have a bright future.

In the case of Canada, do you think this problem will be solved if the
government will prioritize it, or there are just way too many of them that
the national budget will not be enough if your suggestions will be

About the author

Here I am, Deborah. I am the type of girl who likes being with my friends, laughing with them as well as taking care of them. I need to admit that I have an open-mind and I always try my best to help others. I have a good sense of humour and I laugh very often to people's jokes.