StreetCities: Rehousing the Homeless

By Rae Bridgman

© 2005

StreetCities charts the development of an alternative communal housing model for chronically homeless men and women in downtown Toronto. In her recounting of the stories and narratives of residents and staff at the original "StreetCity" and the second generation "Strachan House," Bridgman explores how living on the street (something often viewed as negative) has the potential to become a powerful emblem of community growth, tolerance, and caring. The histories of these two supportive housing projects are embedded within larger currents of governmental responses to homelessness in Canada, and the incorporation of photographs, interview narratives, and handwritten fieldnotes brings Bridgman's ethnographic research to life. StreetCities also includes a discussion of the architectural design and operation of the two housing projects, and the eventual closing of the original "StreetCity."

StreetCities is written for those who want to learn more about the work being done to help chronically homeless women and men. The book will be useful for researchers, policy-makers, service-providers, teachers, students, and activists working in the fields of homelessness and housing studies, social work, urban and applied anthropology, sociology, urban studies, and qualitative research methods.

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  • Page Count: 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
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"A wonderful example of contemporary anthropology." - Irene Glasser, Community Renewal Team (CRT), Hartford, Connecticut

StreetCities: Rehousing the Homeless

By Rae Bridgman

© 2005

StreetCities charts the development of an alternative communal housing model for chronically homeless men and women in downtown Toronto. In her recounting of the stories and narratives of residents and staff at the original "StreetCity" and the second generation "Strachan House," Bridgman explores how living on the street (something often viewed as negative) has the potential to become a powerful emblem of community growth, tolerance, and caring. The histories of these two supportive housing projects are embedded within larger currents of governmental responses to homelessness in Canada, and the incorporation of photographs, interview narratives, and handwritten fieldnotes brings Bridgman's ethnographic research to life. StreetCities also includes a discussion of the architectural design and operation of the two housing projects, and the eventual closing of the original "StreetCity."

StreetCities is written for those who want to learn more about the work being done to help chronically homeless women and men. The book will be useful for researchers, policy-makers, service-providers, teachers, students, and activists working in the fields of homelessness and housing studies, social work, urban and applied anthropology, sociology, urban studies, and qualitative research methods.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Teaching Culture: UTP Ethnographies for the Classroom
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Rae Bridgman is assistant professor in the Department of City Planning in the Faculty of Architecture and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Manitoba. She is the co-author of Braving the Street: The Anthropology of Homelessness (1999).

  • Table of contents

    List of Illustrations
    Acknowledgements
    Note to the Reader: Ethical Research in a Shelter
    Introduction

    Chapter 1: Cities within a City
    Chapter 2: Living Homeless: Jimmy's Story
    Chapter 3: Tom's Story
    Chapter 4: Sarah's Story
    Chapter 5: Chronically Homeless in Canada
    Chapter 6: StreetCity: The Vision
    Chapter 7: Town Council
    Chapter 8: StreetCity Too: Strachan House
    Chapter 9: Shelter, Housing, House, and Home
    Chapter 10: Lessons from StreetCity and Strachan House

    Epilogue
    Timeline
    Press Coverage on StreetCity and Strachan House (selected)
    References
    Index

     

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