Cathy Crowe – Dying for a Home: The Chronic Crises of Homelessness and Housing in Canada on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 2:30 pm (Winter Forum #2)

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Cathy Crowe

Cathy Crowe is a long-time Street Nurse who works in the area of social justice nursing.  She prefers to be known as “Street Nurse” even after a full career as advocate, writer, film maker, Atkinson Fellow, recipient of the Order of Canada, and six honorary doctorate degrees.  Her experience in the issues of homelessness and housing policy has made her a well-known voice for the homeless and for social housing.

Cathy will speak to the Academy both about working with the realities faced by people on the streets, alleyways and ravines of Toronto, and about her lifelong battle to improve Canada’s persistent policy and program gaps in housing and homelessness.  She will bring us up to date on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the city’s homeless population (she has just co-edited Displacement City: Fighting for Health and Homes in a Pandemic).

Currently, Cathy is Distinguished Visiting Practitioner in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Toronto Metropolitan University.


‘Dying for a Home: Homeless Activists Speak Out’   2007

‘A Knapsack Full of Dreams. Memoirs of a Street Nurse’. 2019

‘Displacement City. Fighting for Health and Homes in a Pandemic.’

co-edited with Greg Cook. 2022

Cathy’s website is

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