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April 1, 2011

Advice from a TI on being “Homeless TI” – You are either a targeted individual who has been driven into being homelessness/house-less or you are someone who is homeless who has discovered the reality of your situation. In the ‘homeless’ circuit life is alot different than what you are used to-its a sub culture, one that the mainstream doesn’t know much about it seems…Your circumstances are going to be alot different than other ‘homeless’ people. You also will have to make excuses as to why you don’t want sec 8 or housing. DON’T SAY YOU ARE TARGETED. Getting you locked up is gangstalking’s number 1 priority. You are going to get abused, set up, harassed and all kinds of mind games. So why go homeless if you are targeted? It has its advantages: No worries about homes entries. No worries about personal items being corrupted as the shelter is temporary. Try to stay someplace where you can have control over your coming and going being vague. Make it so the perps within the system have no idea what you are doing next or knowledge of your schedule. The food line is also random-if you feel something isn’t right go to the restroom or other diversion. At a certain point it’s just safer. If you try roommates you’ll find that perps somehow know just how to put an ad in to get you to respond. Only people who want to perp you will really want you to live with during you being heavily targeted-everyone else will avoid you like cowards. I have to say that shelter staff are either total a-holes who get off on this stuff or they are weak and won’t help.Then there are those who seem to know and try to assist as best they can without disclosure.You will also encounter other people who are targeted and those who are posing as targets to gain your confidence…You are going to have to use all your knowledge of a lifetime to get through being targeted much less dealing with being homeless as well. The psychological warfare campaign WILL NOW USE THIS STATUS LEVEL TO DEMEAN YOU FURTHER (What you should know about homelessness and shelters).

Homeless in Canada, the title of this page, refers in the first instance to those with “no home or permanent abode”, but the underlying condition is better expressed by the term “homelessness”, encompassing a range of economic and social factors which have negative impact upon health and well-being. Such factors include poverty, lack of affordable housing, lack of health care supports and social supports — all of which may be understood as problems of social inequality and social exclusion. The chronic nature of these problems is perpetuated by ideological stances that are significantly different (sometimes even antipodal) at the community, provincial and national levels. While many communities across the country are working to develop and maintain homelessness initiatives, for example, informed by multi-disciplinary research and delivered through service agencies closely attuned to local need, these initiatives are difficult to sustain in the absence of provincial and national policies (social, economic, housing) which adequately address fundamental issues and provide consistent support over time. Dealing with homelessness necessitates collective action, at all levels of government, and truly effective collective action demands a paradigmatic shift, a movement beyond ideological fixations on “self-reliance”. In terms of policy development, it requires an emphasis on equality and inclusivity in the social contract, in civil society, and in the community (Homeless in Canada).

Homelessness in Canada has grown in size and complexity in recent years. While historically known as a crisis only of urban centres such as Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, and Montreal, the increasing incidence of homelessness in the suburbs is necessitating new services and resources. The demographic profile of Canada’s homeless population is also changing. While in the past men used to comprise the vast majority of homeless persons, now women and children represent the fastest growing subgroup of the homeless population, followed by youth.[3] In recent years homelessness has become a major political issue in Canada. (Wikipedia).

Band-Aid Solution Churches such as Catholic Charities and the Salvation Army generally operate temporary shelters, while many private agencies as well as the emergency wards of hospitals also play a key role. Such shelters provide at best a “band-aid” solution, and even they report turning away unprecedented numbers of people in the winter. In Canada’s largest city, Toronto, the total number of hostel admissions has gone up since 1991, through repeat usage, and because more people are staying longer3. This suggests an entrenched state of homelessness for many of the thousands of people in the Toronto shelter system. While the majority of homeless people using Toronto shelters are male, 35 per cent of users are women, with two-parent families on the increase. Special shelters exist for teenagers, but they generally only allow teens to stay for two weeks, and then they must move on (Homelessness in Canada From housing to shelters to blankets).

Gordon Laird, journalist and author:“The high cost of homelessness in Canada results from the role of homelessness as a proven multiplier of societal ills: malnutrition, unemployment, addiction, mental illness, family strife and lack of income security are all intensified when an individual or household becomes homeless.” (Homelessness ‘chronic’ in Canada: study)

Vulnerably Housed The truth is, an incredibly large number of Canadians are “vulnerably housed.” These low- and moderate-income individuals and families are spending more than 50 per cent of their income on rent. In many cases, their housing is in poor condition and doesn’t provide the basic safety, security and space that a person needs to be healthy. Equally important, the meagre funds left after paying the rent are often inadequate to provide for other basic necessities such as food. The fact that more than 860,000 Canadians are using food banks each month is, in part, a reflection of an underlying housing problem – namely, the lack of affordable housing for people on limited incomes. Each night, more than 17,000 Canadians sleep in homeless shelters or on the street. But for every person who’s homeless in Canada, there are 23 households that are vulnerably housed and at high risk of becoming homeless. Across the country, more than 380,000 individuals and families are living in this precarious state. Our research shows that people who are vulnerably housed often face the same severe physical and mental health problems as people who are homeless. In Vancouver, Toronto and Ottawa, many vulnerably housed individuals are just as likely as homeless individuals to have serious health conditions, to be unable to access needed health care, and to use the emergency department or be admitted to hospital (Canada’s hidden emergency: the ‘vulnerably housed’).

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