A Literature Review on Homelessness and Aging
What is it about?
In this paper, we outline the results of a comprehensive review of research published on homelessness among older people between 1978 and 2014. We review 'what is currently known' in the field, including the estimated prevalence of homelessness among older people in Canada, pathways into homeless in late life, and differences that exist according to ‘race’, class, gender, ability, health status, and geography. We identify gaps and suggest a policy and practice relevant research agenda on homelessness among older people.
Why is it important?
The phenomenon of population aging, combined with a contemporary context of declining social protection, means that we can expect to see both a shifting 'age structure' where individuals 'grow old' in situations of homelessness, and an emerging phenomenon where older people without histories of homelessness become homeless for the first time in later life. Yet, at present, serious gaps exist in the understandings and approaches to homelessness in late life. Understanding key concerns and issues can serve as a foundation for research and the development of adequate and effective policies, strategies, and services that target homelessness among older people.
The following have contributed to this page: Dr Amanda Grenier and Rachel Barken