Access, barriers and role of transit for homeless shelter residents in Surrey, British Columbia

dc.contributor.authorGreenwell, Peter
dc.contributor.supervisorPauly, Bernie
dc.contributor.supervisorBenoit, Cecilia M.
dc.date.accessioned2020-11-18T01:33:55Z
dc.date.available2020-11-18T01:33:55Z
dc.date.copyright2020en_US
dc.date.issued2020-11-17
dc.degree.departmentProgram: Social Dimensions of Healthen_US
dc.degree.levelDoctor of Philosophy Ph.D.en_US
dc.description.abstractIn this research, I examine the mediating role of transit and the mobility needs and experience of individuals who are homeless in the suburban community of Surrey, BC. I have used Harvey’s (2005) conception of social spatial sorting as a means of understanding the suburbanization of poverty and Galtung’s structural violence (1969) as a means of understanding the experience of homeless transit access. I employed a multiple case study, using semi-structured interviews, with residents and staff of three homeless shelters, located in three distinct neighbourhoods in Surrey. A cross-case analysis of the interview data was undertaken, to draw conclusions and recommendations for policy development and research concerning the transit needs of people who are homeless. To provide a policy context, a review of existing transit access programs available for people who are homeless and/or low-income is presented demonstrating the range of criteria and best practices. Four dimensions of transit access were identified by residents and staff: physical, temporal, social and financial (Kenyon et al., 2003). Residents had the most constrained agency (Coe & Jordhus-Lier et al., 2010) in relation to the physical and temporal dimensions, so that these dimensions became the most problematic in this suburban context. The importance of considering and understanding the geographic context of shelters and potential impacts on mobility and social inclusion for shelter residents, exiting from homelessness, are demonstrated.en_US
dc.description.scholarlevelGraduateen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1828/12361
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.rightsAvailable to the World Wide Weben_US
dc.subjecthomeless shelteren_US
dc.subjectpublic transiten_US
dc.subjectsocial inclusionen_US
dc.subjectstructural violenceen_US
dc.subjectspatial-fixen_US
dc.titleAccess, barriers and role of transit for homeless shelter residents in Surrey, British Columbiaen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

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