URB337H1: Housing and Homelessness



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Toronto, like other global cities, is characterized by a stark dichotomy: upscale residential and commercial development transforms the landscape, even while increasing numbers of residents are forced to live on the streets, in encampments, in shelters, or crowded into unaffordable and substandard housing. This course will examine that paradox and activism that is trying to achieve the federal government’s stated goal: “By 2030, everyone in Canada has a home that they can afford and that meets their needs”. Through readings, discussions, guest presenters, and activities, we will trace the links between housing, homelessness, and urban politics; review policies and trends at the municipal, provincial/territorial and national levels; and connect with urban movements to contest displacement.

Distribution Requirements
Social Science
Breadth Requirements
Society and its Institutions (3)
Mode of Delivery
In Class