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Housing Need & Homelessness Amongst Gender-Diverse People in Canada
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While available research indicates that gender-diverse persons experience intersecting challenges to accessing adequate housing in Canada, there has been limited human rights analysis of this group’s experiences. Available research indicates that trans and gender-diverse persons experience significant, intersecting human rights violations in the area of housing, including: gender-based discrimination in the rental housing market, disproportionate housing accessibility and adequacy issues, gender-based violence that undermines housing stability, unique barriers to security of tenure, and socio-economic marginalization that erodes access to affordable, safe, and permanent housing.

In the wake of this human rights crisis, this Research Brief seeks to provide a preliminary portrait of housing need and homelessness amongst gender-diverse people in Canada. Drawing on quantitative and qualitative data from the The Pan-Canadian Women’s Housing and Homelessness Survey, this Research Brief compiles key statistics and lived expert insights into the unique housing needs and experiences of gender-diverse persons, including with respect to: poverty, housing conditions, discrimination in housing, evictions, public system failures, experiences of homelessness, pathways into homelessness, and other unique barriers to housing.

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Author: Alex Nelson, Jayne Malenfant, Kaitlin Schwan
Topic: Housing and homelessness
Publisher: Women's National Housing & Homelessness Network
Location: Canada
Format: Brief, Literature review, Reports/Articles
Content Type: Research
Publication Date: January 16, 2023