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Care of People Deprived of Housing

Because of the harms of racism, settler colonialism, sexism, and other structural violence, people deprived of housing face a disproportionate amount of health related harms. But people facing these harms are also part of strong, resilient communities. Our research in this area aims to understand the social determination of health and the brilliance of people and communities surviving and thriving in the face of structural violence.

Current projects include:

  • A qualitative study exploring the experiences of people deprived of housing in the early phases of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
  • The Nowhere to Go study, a mixed methods study to explore the health impacts of service restriction for people accessing emergency shelters in Hamilton. The research team includes people with lived experience and people who have worked as frontline shelter workers.
  • A study collecting data on the deaths of people experiencing homelessness in the City of Hamilton beginning June 2021. The goal is that information on contributors to death, targeted interventions can be initiated and strengthened to reduce mortality and improve health in people experiencing homelessness.

Program Leads

Robin Lennox


Assistant Clinical Professor

Claire Bodkin

Assistant Clinical Professor (Adjunct)

Program Team

Alisha Atri

Research Coordinator

Jammy Lo Pierre

Peer Investigator