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The pandemic has made the affordable housing crisis a lot worse, in part by increasing the rate of evictions. AP Photo/Jeff Roberson

Why building more homes won’t solve the affordable housing problem for the millions of people who need it most

California and other states plan to build more homes in an effort to fix America’s affordable housing problem. But that’s not the main reason housing remains unaffordable for millions of people.
A homeless man sits with his dog as people walk past in Toronto in January 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

What if we treat homelessness like a pandemic?

This approach would cause an outcry, but when it comes to homelessness, addressing only the symptoms has been the norm.
A new Canada-wide survey shows 28 per cent of women-led households struggle with the affordability, suitability or adequacy of their housing. This is almost double the rate of households led by men. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

New data shows that homelessness is a women’s rights issue

Women, girls and gender-diverse people have unique experiences of housing and housing loss.
Toronto Public Health’s tool kit for COVID-19 prevention in congregate living settings contains few references to ventilation, air filtration and other measures to prevent airborne transmission. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston 

How safe are Ontario’s shelters and other shared living settings from airborne COVID-19?

Because COVID-19 is airborne, we can’t know if the shelter system is as safe as it should be without seeing metrics related to ventilation, filtration and occupancy.
Victorian homelessness inquiry chair Fiona Patten: ‘We need to be smarter about where we direct our efforts.’ James Ross/AAP

Homeless numbers set to rise again, but inquiry can be a turning point if we get smarter about housing people

JobKeeper, the COVID boost to JobSeeker, and moratoriums on rent increases and evictions all ended this month. Only smarter policies will prevent homelessness, as a landmark Victorian report explains.
Schizophrenia has been identified as a significant risk factor for dying of COVID-19. (Canva)

COVID-19 and schizophrenia: A potentially deadly combination

People with schizophrenia are almost three times more likely to die from COVID-19 than those without the serious mental illness, making it second only to age as a risk factor for mortality.
Mehran Karimi Nasseri sits among his belongings in a 2004 photograph taken at Charles de Gaulle Airport, where he lived for nearly 18 years. Eric Fougere/VIP Images/Corbis via Getty Images

How some people can end up living at airports for months – even years – at a time

Some do so of their own accord, using airport amenities to meet their basic needs. Others, however, would rather be anywhere else – and find themselves at the mercy of bureaucratic wrangling.

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