Safe Haven: The Story of a Shelter for Homeless Women
Published: June 2003© 2003
Imprint: University of Toronto Press
Page Count: 160 Pages
Dimensions: 6.00 x 8.99
160 Pages, 6.00 x 8.99 x 0.49 in
In this groundbreaking work, urban anthropologist Rae Bridgman, in careful and intimate detail, explores the perspectives of the women who work and live at Savard's, a unique shelter for homeless women. Bridgman uses the design and development of Savard's - a housing model developed by women for women - as an opportunity to document the project's original vision and what happened once it opened. There are few rules at Savard's. Women may come and go as they wish, and referrals to other services are made only when a woman has indicated interest in taking action on her own behalf. It is a model that aims to provide a safe haven for the chronically homeless.
The study traces the evolution of this type of shelter, providing qualitative research and useful analysis for academics, policy-makers, service providers, and activists. Based on many hours of participant observation as well as interviews and staff records, Safe Haven presents a distinct picture of the chronically homeless and those on the frontlines of this lifesaving service.
'In Safe Haven, Bridgman breaks new ground, answers some existing questions, and raises new ones ... I found this to be a very well-written, well-documented study and I am confident that it will make a significant contribution to the field, both theoretically and methodologically. People working in the field of service delivery to homeless and/or chronically mentally ill women will find this work very helpful.'Dara Culhane, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Simon Fraser University
'To my mind, Safe Haven is the best kind of feminist, qualitative research.'Wendy Schissel, Department of Women's and Gender Studies, University of Saskatchewan