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Find selected resources on housing and homelessness. There is a focus on Canada and in particular, the Toronto area.
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This guide is limited in scope to selected books and reports from the CAMH Library, supplemented with web resources, directory information and journal articles. Its purpose is to serve as an introduction and overview of the topic, and to provide useful contacts for those living and working in the Toronto area.

Finding More Resources

For more resources, search the CAMH Library Catalog.
Use keywords like homeless* or housing in Title or
homeless in Subject.

Also try the CAMH Library Google Custom Search to find web resources.

For research studies on key initiatives and strategies,

  • Use terms like "housing first" or "at home/chez soi" when searching databases like PubMed or Google Scholar.

Definitions used in Housing:

There are many terms used to describe types of accommodation and housing for those affected by poverty, mental health and or substance use. Here are some sources to check.

From CAMH:

Consult the Glossary in the CAMH Housing Guide 2004-2006. (Although this directory is no longer current, it is still a useful resource).
It is available to consult in the CAMH Library.
Call number: RC 448 .C34 H68 2005

From Housing Connection:

See housing related terminology at:
Housing Defintions

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Housing in Toronto

Finding Housing in the GTA:

  • CAMH Clinicians- see the Intranet Housing page.
    Provides information on legal rights, tips for house hunting and external links to answer key questions.

Strategies for Toronto:

  • Golden, A. (1999). Taking responsibility for homelessness: an action plan for Toronto: report of the Mayor’s Homelessness Action Task Force. Toronto: City of Toronto. HV 4510 .O5 T34 1999.

Current City of Toronto initiatives:



CAMH Library Google Custom Search

Helpful Websites

For more Web resources, try the CAMH Library Google Custom Search on this page.


Selected Books

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Dying for a Home - Cathy Crowe; Brian Boyd (As told to); Bonnie Briggs (As told to); Kerre Briggs (As told to); Kevin Clarke (As told to)
Call Number: HV/4509/.C76/2007

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Homelessness, Housing, and Mental Illness - Russell K. Schutt; Stephen M. Goldfinger
Call Number: HV/3006/.M4/S344 2011
"Homelessness, Housing, and Mental Illness" describes a carefully designed large-scale study to assess how well these people do when attempts are made to reduce their social isolation and integrate them into the community.

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Homelessness & Health in Canada - Manal guirguis-Younger; Stephen W. Hwang; Ryan McNeil
Call Number: RA 564.9 H63 H654 2014
Publication Date: 2014
Print and Online.
Homelessness & Health in Canada explores, for the first time, the social, structural, and environmental factors that shape the health of homeless persons in Canada. Covering a wide range of topics from youth homelessness to end-of-life care, the authors strive to outline policy and practice recommendations to respond to the ongoing public health crisis. University of Ottawa Press.
Open Access availability. Also can be purchased: print, PDF or ePub.

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Moving Out, Moving On - Doreen Rosenthal; Deborah Keys; Shelley Mallett; Roger Averill
Call Number: HV/4493/.M347/2010


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