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Stephen Gaetz

Associate Professor

PhD - Anthropology, York University, Toronto; MA - Anthropology, York University, Toronto; BA (Honours) - Anthropology, University of Calgary

Location(s) / Contact Info:

631, York Research Tower - YRT
Keele Campus
Phone: 416-736-2100 Ext. 20050
Fax: 416-736-5913

Email: sgaetz@edu.yorku.ca

Website: Homeless Hub

Available to supervise graduate students
Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers

Biography

Stephen Gaetz is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education and is the Director of the Canadian Homelessness Research Network and the Homeless Hub.   He is committed to a research agenda that foregrounds social justice and attempts to make research on homelessness relevant to policy and program development. His research on homeless youth has focused on their economic strategies, health, education and legal and justice issues, and more recently, he has focused his attention on policy and in particular the Canadian Response to homelessness.  He has published a book on community-based responses to youth problems in Ireland, and numerous articles in a wide range of journals. Prior to his time at York University, Dr. Gaetz worked in the Community Health Sector, both at Shout Clinic (a health clinic for street youth in Toronto) and Queen West Community Health Centre in Toronto.

Dr. Gaetz has played a leading international role in knowledge dissemination in the area of homelessness. York played host to 2005’s Canadian Conference on Homelessness – the first research conference of its kind in Canada. In addition, York University now hosts the Canadian Homelessness Research Network and the Homeless Hub the first comprehensive and cross-disciplinary web-based clearinghouse of homelessness research in the world. The focus of this network is to work with researchers across Canada to mobilize research so that it has a greater impact on homelessness policy and planning.  Through the CHRN Dr. Gaetz is publishing policy relevant research, including the recent Canadian Definition of Homelessness (2012) as well as reports such as: The Real Cost of Homelessness.  Can we save money by doing the right thing?(2012),  Can I See Your ID?  The Policing of Homeless Youth in Toronto (2011) and  Family Matters: Homeless youth and Eva’s Initiatives “Family Reconnect” Program (2011).

Scholarly Interests

Homelessness, infectious diseases and pandemics; Adolescence, youth culture and resistance; Street youth, their economic strategies, legal and justice issues; Strategies for mobilizing homelessness research

Faculty & School/Dept

  • Faculty of Education -
  • Faculty of Graduate Studies, Education -

Selected Publications

  • Gaetz, Stephen, O'Grady, Bill, Buccieri, Kristy, Karabanow, Jeff, & Marsolais, Allyson (Eds.) (Eds.). (2013). Youth homelessness in Canada: Implications for policy and practice. (Gaetz, Stephen, O'Grady, Bill, Buccieri, Kristy, Karabanow, Jeff, & Marsolais, Allyson (Eds.) , Eds.) CanadaCHRN
  • Gaetz, Stephen, Donaldson, J., Richter, T. & Gulliver, T. (2013) The State of Homelessness in Canada - 2013 . Toronto: CHRN
  • Gaetz, Stephen (2012) The Real Cost of Homelessness. Can we save money by doing the right thing?. Toronto: Canadian Homelessness Research Network
  • Gaetz, Stephen, Barr, C., Friesen, A., Harris, B., Hill, C., Kovacs-Burns, K., Pauly, B., Pearce, B., Turner, A., Marsolais, A. (2012) The Canadian Definition of Homelessness. Toronto: Canadian Homelessness Research Network
  • Gaetz, Stephen & Scott, Fiona (2012) Live, Learn, Grow: Supporting Transitions to Adulthood for Homeless Youth - A Framework for the Foyer in Canada. . Toronto: CHRN
  • Kulik. DM; Gaetz, Stephen; Levy, AS; Crowe, C; Ford-Jones, EL (2011). "Homeless youth's overwhelming health burden - a review of the literature". . Pediatrics and Child Health , 16, 43-47.
  • Winland, Daphne; Gaetz, Stephen & Patton, Tara (2011) Family Matters: Homeless youth and Eva's Initiatives "Family Reconnect" Program. Toronto: Homeless Hub Research Report Series
  • Gaetz, Stephen (2011). "Can Housing First work if there isn't enough affordable housing?" . CrossCurrents:The Journal of Addiction and Mental Health.
  • O'Grady, Bill; Gaetz, Stephen & Buccieri, Kristy (2011) Can I See Your ID? The Policing of Homeless Youth in Toronto.. Toronto: Canadian Homelessness Research Network
  • Tarasuk, Valerie; Dachner, Naomi; Poland, Blake & Gaetz, Stephen (2010). Chapter 3.8 The "hand-to-mouth" existence of homeless youths in Toronto. In In Hulchanski, J.David; Campsie, Philippa; Chau, Shirley; Hwang, Stephen; Paradis, Emily (Ed.), Finding home: policy options for addressing homelessness in Canada - Revised Edition. Cities Centre Press, University of Toronto
  • Gaetz, Stephen (2010). The struggle to end homelessness in Canada: How we created the crisis, and how we can end it The Open Health Services and Policy Journal .
  • O'Grady, Bill & Gaetz, Stephen (2010). "Chapter 3.4 Street Survival: A gendered analysis of youth homelessness in Toronto". In Hulchanski, J.David; Campsie, Philippa; Chau, Shirley; Hwang, Stephen; Paradis, Emily (eds) (Ed.), Finding home: policy options for addressing homelessness in Canada . Toronto, ON: Cities Centre Press, University of Toronto
  • Gaetz, Stephen (2010). Making Knowledge Matter: Mobilizing Homelessness Research through the Homeless Hub. Canadian Issues.
  • Gaetz, Stephen; O'Grady, Bill & Buccieri, Kristy (2010) Surviving Crime and Violence - Street Youth and Victimization in Toronto. Toronto: Justice for Children and Youth, & the Homeless Hub. Homeless Hub Research Report Series #1
  • Gaetz, Stephen & O'Tuama, Seamus (2010). "Outside the Rights Wall: youth homelessness and the denial of respect and human rights." . In Allen, Sharon Loree; Besosa, M.ayra; O'Halloran, Anthony; & Ragaven, Chengiah (Eds.), Walls, Fences, Borders, and Boundaries: Essays on Social Exclusion, Inclusion and Intergration. Dubuque, Iowa, USA: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company
  • O'Grady, Bill & Gaetz, Stephen (2009). "Chapter 3.4 Street Survival: A gendered analysis of youth homelessness in Toronto. In In Hulchanski, J.David; Campsie, Philippa; Chau, Shirley; Hwang, Stephen; Paradis, Emily (Ed.), Finding home: policy options for addressing homelessness in Canada. Cities Centre Press, University of Toronto
  • Tarasuk, Valerie; Dachner, Naomi; Poland, Blake; Gaetz, Stephen (2009). Food deprivation is integral to the 'hand to mouth' existence of homeless youth in Toronto. Public Health Nutrition.
  • Tarasuk, Valerie; Dachner, Naomi; Poland, Blake; Gaetz; Stephen (2009). An ethnographic study of meal programs for homeless and under-housed individuals in Toronto. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved .
  • Gaetz, Stephen & O'Grady, Bill (2009). Chapter 7.3 Homelessness, Incarceration and the Challenge of Effective Discharge Planning: a Canadian Case. In In Hulchanski, J.David; Campsie, Philippa; Chau, Shirley; Hwang, Stephen; Paradis, Emily (Ed.), Finding home: policy options for addressing homelessness in Canada. Cities Centre Press, University of Toronto
  • Gaetz, Stephen (2008). Why Are We Still Struggling with Homelessness in Canada? Seven Things We Can Do. Canadian Housing.
  • Gaetz, Stephen; Tarasuk, Valerie; Dachner, Naomi; Kirkpatrick, Sharon (2006). Managing' Homeless Youth in Toronto: Mismanaging Food Access and Nutritional Well-being. Canadian Review of Social Policy.
  • Gaetz, Stephen & O'Grady, Bill (2006) The Missing Link: Discharge Planning, Incarceration and Homelesssness. Toronto: John Howard Society of Ontario
  • Gaetz, Stephen (2006). Editorial Making Research Matter: The Canadian Conference on Homelessness. Canadian Review of Social Policy.
  • Gaetz, Stephen (Ed.). (2006). Guest Editor, special addition (Homelessness). Canadian Review of Social PolicyVol. Number 58). (Gaetz, Stephen, Ed.)
  • Gaetz, Stephen (2005). Another Girl: An Atypical Story about a Typical Adolescent. In L. Biggs & P. Downes (Eds.), Gendered Intersections: A Collection of Readings for Women's and Gender Studies. Toronto: Fernwood Books
  • Gaetz, Stephen (2004) Understanding Research on Homelessness in Toronto: A Literature Review. Toronto: York University and Wellesley Central Health Foundation.
  • Gaetz, Stephen (2004). Safe Streets for Whom? Street Youth, Social Exclusion and Criminal Victimization. Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice.
  • O'Grady, Bill & Gaetz, Stephen (2004). Homelessness, Gender and Income Generation: the case of Toronto Street Youth. Journal of Youth Studies.
  • Gaetz, Stephen & O'Grady, Bill (2004). Work on the streets". In Encyclopaedia of Homelessness. Great Barrington, MA: Berkshire Publishing
  • Gaetz, Stephen (2002) Street Justice - The Legal and Justice Issues of Homeless Youth in Toronto.. Toronto: Justice for Children and Youth
  • Gaetz, Stephen & O'Grady, Bill (2002). Making Money - Exploring the Economy of Homeless Workers. Work, Employment and Society.
  • Gaetz, Stephen, O'Grady, Bill & Vaillancourt, Brian (1999) Making Money - the Shout Clinic Report on Homeless Youth and Employment.. Toronto: Central Toronto Community Health Centres
  • Gaetz, Stephen (1997). Looking Out for the Lads: Community Action and Youth Provision in an Urban Irish Parish. . St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada: Institute of Social and Economic Research
  • Gaetz, Stephen & Lee, Jack (1995). Developing Dental Services for Street Youth. Ontario Dentist.
  • Gaetz, Stephen (1995). "'Youth Development': Conflict and Negotiations in an Urban Irish Youth Club". In P. Caplan (Ed.), Understanding Disputes The Politics of Argument . Oxford, UK: Berg Publishers
  • Gaetz, Stephen & Lee, Jack (1994) The Oral Health of Street Youth. Toronto: City of Toronto Department of Public Health; Shout Clinic.
  • Gaetz, Stephen (1994). A perspective on homelessness in Canada. Canadian Dental Association Journal.
  • Lee, Jack, Gaetz, Stephen & Goettler, Fred (1994). The Oral Health of Toronto's Street Youth. Canadian Dental Association Journal.
  • Gaetz, Stephen (1993). Who comes first?" Teenage Girls, Youth Culture and the Provision of Youth Services in Cork. In C. Curtin, H. Donnan & T. Wilson (Eds.), Irish Urban Cultures. Belfast, UK: Institute of Irish Studies
  • Gaetz, Stephen (1992). Planning Community-Based Youth Services in Cork, Ireland: The Relevance of the Concepts of "Community" and "Youth. Urban Anthropology.
  • Gaetz, Stephen "Chapter 3.2 Whose Safety Counts? Street Youth, Social Exclusion and Criminal Victimization".. In Hulchanski, J.David; Campsie, Philippa; Chau, Shirley; Hwang, Stephen; Paradis, Emily (Ed.), Finding home: policy options for addressing homelessness in Canada. . Toronto, ON: Cities Centre Press, University of Toronto

Other Research Outputs

The Canadian Homelessness Research Network

The Canadian Homelessness Research Network (CHRN) is a non-profit alliance committed is committed to enhancing the impact of research on the homelessness crisis in Canada.  Bringing together researchers, service providers, policy makers and people who have experienced homelessness, the CHRN focuses its work on establishing effective mechanisms for knowledge exchange and mobilization in the area of homelessness research in Canada. Focusing on education, networking and knowledge mobilization, the CHRN provides a national and international forum for sharing and collaboration.  The CHRN is housed at York University, Toronto, but works with local, regional and national networks and organizations across Canada.   This network helps to raise the profile of homelessness research in Canada, showing that research can and should inform decisions, and contribute to solutions to homelessness.   The Director of the CHRN is Dr. Stephen Gaetz, of York University.

The Homeless Hub

The Homeless Hub (www.homelesshub.com)  is a web-based research library and information center representing an innovative step forward in the use of technology to enhance knowledge mobilization and networking. Building on the success of the Canadian Conference on Homelessness (2005), the Homeless Hub was created to address the need for a single access point to find homelessness information from across Canada. Launched in 2007, The Homeless Hub has emerged as a place where community services providers, researchers, government representatives, and the general public can access and share research, stories, and best practices. The Homeless Hub has since developed into a knowledge mobilization tool that is broadly recognized for the quality of content, the extensive library on homelessness (the largest in the world), and for the effective use of technology and social media.  The Homeless Hub operates out of York University, and is a project of the Canadian Homelessness Research Network.  The Director of the Homeless Hub is Dr. Stephen Gaetz, of York University.

Homelessness Curriculum for Teachers and Students http://homelesshub.ca/Education/

This resource centre for educators and students interested in exploring the issue of homelessness through a variety of subject areas.  Practicing teachers were hired to prepare the following curriculum units: “An Integrated Unit for Elementary School; Exploring Homelessness through the Artist’s Hands; Integrating Homelessness Issues into Family / Social Studies; Integrating Homelessness Into Civics Classes; The Study of Homelessness in English and Media Class; Understanding Homelessness Through Drama.

In addition, I authored supporting resources for teachers and students on the following topics:

  • What is Homelessness?
  • Who are Homeless People?
  • Who are Street Youth?
  • Why do Young People Become Homeless?
  • Why do Street Youth Panhandle?
  • Do Homeless Youth Get Enough to Eat?
  • Attitudes about Homelessness

Research Projects

Building Program Evaluation Capacity in the Homelessness Sector

Role: Principal Investigator

Year Funded: 2010

Duration: 1

Funded by: HRDC Homelessness Partnering Strategy

Canadian Homelessness Research Network

Role: Principal Investigator

Year Funded: 2008

Duration: 7

Funded by: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

Ending Homelessness: "What works and for whom?" A Knowledge Mobilization Partnership

Role: Co-Principal Investigator

Year Funded: 2009

Duration: 1

Funded by: Collaborative Faculty Incentive Grant York University / University of Victoria

Knowledge Mobilization for housing and economic vulnerability

Role: Principal Investigator

Year Funded: 2012

Duration: 2

Funded by: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

Navigating the Road to Reintegration

Role: Co-Investigator

Year Funded: 2012

Duration: 3

Funded by: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

Responding to H1N1 in the Context of Homelessness in Canada

Role: Principal Investigator

Amount funded: $ 100,000

Year Funded: 2010

Duration: 2

Funded by: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

The Homeless Hub: A Knowledge Mobilization Project

Role: Principal Investigator

Year Funded: 2008

Duration: 1

Funded by: Homelessness Partnering Strategy Human Resources & Social Development Canada

Understanding Pandemic Preparedness in the Context of the Canadian Homelessness Crisis

Role: Principal Investigator

Year Funded: 2009

Duration: 2

Funded by: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

York University Affiliations/Cross Appointments

Partnerships/Initiatives/Centres

Service/Community Activities