Homelessness in late life

Led by Amanda Grenier at McMaster University, this project explored the changing needs of older homeless people in Canada. While  the majority of homelessness strategies focus on youth and younger adults, we considered the challenges that older homelessness brings for aging societies as a whole and for service providers working in housing, shelters, and long-term care. Using interviews, observations, policy analysis, and statistical data, we explored older homelessness at the level of social programming and personal experience. Learn more here.

This research was funded by SSHRC.


Grenier, A., Sussman, T., Barken, R., Bourgeois-Guérin, V., Rothwell, D. (2016). ‘Growing Old’ in Shelters and ‘On the Streets’: The Experiences of Older People who are Homeless. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 59(6), 454-473.

Grenier, A., Barken, R., & McGrath, C. (2016). Homelessness and Aging: The Contradictory Ordering of ‘House’ and ‘Home.’ Journal of Aging Studies, 39, 73-80.

Grenier, A., Barken, R., Sussman, T., Rothwell, D., & Bourgeois-Guerin, V.(2016) Homelessness Among Older People: Assessing Strategies and Frameworks across CanadaCanadian Review of Social Policy, 74, 1-39.

Grenier, A., Barken, R., Sussman, T., Rothwell, D., Bourgeois-Guérin, V. & Lavoie, J.P. (2016). Literature Review of Homelessness and Aging: Suggestions for a Policy and Practice-Relevant Research AgendaCanadian Journal on Aging, 35(1), 28-41.