Revisiting the Real Life Scenario


We met Tish at the beginning of the chapter. They keep mostly to themselves and when approached can be aggressive and challenging. The police and social service workers in the area are familiar with their circumstances and have referred them to many local support agencies over the years. The lack of affordable or subsidized housing policies in the province have had direct effects on their living situation. Tish‚Äôs uncontrollable anti-social behaviour and the policies of various agencies have come into direct conflict many times leading to fewer and fewer available resources. They are currently in a desperate, chronic situation with few options. Their health is failing, their use of the Emergency room is high, and their physical and mental well-being is severely compromised.

However, to more fully understand Tish‚Äôs situation, we need to move beyond their individual situation and look at the systems challenges. Consider what we have learned from Dr. Hwang and Dr. Aubry- we don‚Äôt need to fix people; we need to fix situations.


We need to ask ourselves: 

  • How does Tish‚Äôs story make you feel?
  • What do you see as the key factors in Tish‚Äôs life that have led them to this place and time?
  • If we approach this situation from a trauma-informed perspective, what information do we know about Tish that can inform this approach?
  • How have the housing policies in Canada impacted Tish‚Äôs personal journey?
  • How might other system or government policies have affected Tish?
  • As Dr. Waegemakers Schiff suggests, how do we meet Tish ‚Äúwhere they‚Äôre at‚ÄĚ? How would we approach this situation in a person-centred way?

Recall the Four Foundational Concepts


Icon for the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License

Understanding Homelessness in Canada Copyright © 2022 by Kristy Buccieri, James Davy, Cyndi Gilmer, and Nicole Whitmore is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

Share This Book