Critics say new definition of ‘homeless’ too broad, includes those only ‘at risk’

175 300x165 Critics say new definition of ‘homeless’ too broad, includes those only ‘at risk’ Canada’s first official definition of homelessness, published this week by a team of Toronto-based of researchers, includes people who are simply “at risk” of ending up on the street – prompting critics to argue that it paints an overly broad picture of the country’s homeless population.

“To say a person is homeless just because they’re having a hard time financially, how on earth are you ever going to enter into that discussion?” said Peter Goldring, an Alberta MP and member of the Edmonton Committee to End Homelessness.

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