Homelessness is a term given to any one in societyhaving no stable and safe place to reside in, no placeof comfort, or no roof over their head.
Children are our future generation. They have the right toget good care. We believe that every child has the right tolive in a secure, safe, warm, and healthy environment.Many children sleep on streets, in unhealthy places, incrowded rooms, or in vehicles. They should have aspecific place to live where they can properly developtheir physical, emotional, cognitive, social andbehavioural developments. We believe that ECEs cantake some action plans to support them solving theproblems of homelessness for children. We want tocreate awareness among all stakeholders throughpresenting with comprehensive scenarios.
PovertyGovernment PolicyThe housing marketLoss of jobCrises of government house
Personal risk factors: Mental illness Substance abuse Family violence Incarceration Foster care
Our Research Plan•Who are the homeless?•What are the reasons for homelessness?•What are the impacts of this issue onchildren, family, and society?•What are the resources that can help to solvethis problem?•How can ECEs help the homeless people?
What are the effects onChildren? Homeless children often get sicker thanchildren living at homes. Homeless children are often irregular atschool attendance Sometimes they are neglected andbullied by their peer
Continued… Academic performances of homelesschildren are hampered by their poor cognitivedevelopment Circumstances of homelessness, such ashaving no permanent address, declinesschool performances Homeless children get poor scores onmathematics, reading, spelling, andvocabulary tests
•Homeless families experience general rejection ordiscrimination from other people, and face loss ofusual relationships with the mainstream families•They experience reduced access to health care anddental services•Homeless parents struggle to get jobs, access tobanking services, and access to communicationstechnology•Keeping contacts is challenging without a stablelocation or mailing addressWhat are the effects onfamilies?
•Homeless parents cannot provide appropriatesupport to their children and cannot meet basic needsof their family•Lack of childcare and employment opportunitiescause frustration and reduction of energy forparenting•Homeless parents feel frustrated with inconsistentparenting results, and unpredictable consequencesfor negative behaviours or unfulfilled rewards forpositive behaviours of their childrenWhat are the effects onfamilies?
Supporting the parents with information aboutfood, shelter, cloths etc.Observing and understanding the children’sstress levelAs educators, ECEs can be more patient to meetchildren’s needECEs need to make the environment trustworthyso that homeless children feel secured
We arranged a baking sale in our college compoundto raise money for homeless people, and donated thecollected money to homeless people throughNeighbourhood Link Secondly, we made flyers to create awareness amongpeople. We put up these flyers in the college, andother public places. We, group members, distributedthe flyers in our respective communities Our third approach was to buy food and to donate tothe homeless people. We donated at the homelessshelter called Dixon Hall at 2714 Danforth Ave.
Street Needs Assessment 2013City of Toronto conducted a city-wide surveyon April 17, 2013.“The intent of the Street Needs Assessment isto provide information and data that will beuseful to policymakers looking to ensure thatfunding decisions reflect what homelesspeople say are the services they need to endtheir homelessness and remain in permanenthousing.”
In your opinion, what is the main cause ofhomelessness at Canada? How could we create awareness to helphomeless people? What do you think about the effect ofhomelessness on children? How could we help homeless children as anECE?
Our team members eagerly want to dovolunteering for homeless people atneighborhood link after our exam We’ll volunteer City of Toronto programs forhomeless peoples and street needs We’ll encourage our family to donate forhomeless at their own capacity