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Taking a leap of faith: Meaningful participation of people with experiences of homelessness in solutions to address homelessness

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dc.contributor.author Norman, Trudy
dc.contributor.author Pauly, Bernie
dc.contributor.author Marks, Hilary
dc.contributor.author Palazzo, Dakota
dc.date.accessioned 2016-05-03T23:24:49Z
dc.date.available 2016-05-03T23:24:49Z
dc.date.copyright 2015 en_US
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.citation Norman, T., Pauly, B., Marks, H. & Palazzo, D. (2015). Taking a leap of faith: Meaningful participation of people with experiences of homelessness in solutions to address homelessness. Journal of Social Inclusion, 6(2), 19-35. en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://josi.journals.griffith.edu.au/index.php/inclusion/article/view/500
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/7275
dc.description.abstract Participation of people with experiences of homelessness is critical to the development of meaningful strategies to end homelessness. The purpose of this study was to gain insights from people who have been homeless in a mid-sized Canadian city, as to strategies that facilitate meaningful participation in solutions to end homelessness. Within an overarching framework of collaborative research, we collected data through seven focus groups and employed interpretive description as our approach to data analysis. In our analysis, we identified both exclusionary and inclusionary forces that impact participation. Exclusionary forces included being ‘caught in the homelessness industry’, ‘homelessness is a full time job’ and facing stigma/discrimination that make participation a ‘leap of faith’. Inclusionary forces included earning respect and building trust to address unequal power relations, and restoring often ‘taken for granted’ social relations. Specific strategies to enhance participation include listening, valuing skills and stories, and supporting advocacy efforts. The study findings illuminate ways in which power imbalances are lived out in the daily lives of people who experience homelessness, as well as mitigating forces that provide direction as to strategies for addressing power inequities that seek to make participation and social inclusion meaningful. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship This research was funded by a grant from Mitacs Canada and VanCity Credit Union Community Investment Program. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Journal of Social Inclusion en_US
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada *
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.5/ca/ *
dc.subject homelessness en_US
dc.subject social policy en_US
dc.subject social exclusion en_US
dc.subject social inclusion en_US
dc.subject advocacy en_US
dc.title Taking a leap of faith: Meaningful participation of people with experiences of homelessness in solutions to address homelessness en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Faculty en_US
dc.description.reviewstatus Reviewed en_US


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