Stephen Gaetz

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Dr. Stephen Gaetz is the Director of the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness (COH) and a Professor at the Faculty of Education at York University in Toronto, Canada.[1] Dr. Gaetz has enhanced pan-Canadian collaboration between stakeholders interested in homelessness research in Canada.

He was the Chair of the Organizing Committee of the Canadian Conference on Homelessness held at York University in 2005. The event brought together over 800 people who conduct research, provide services, develop programs and formulate policy regarding homelessness in Canada.[2] In addition, Dr. Gaetz has also been guest editor of a special issue of the Canadian Review of Social Policy focusing on homelessness.[3]

Dr. Gaetz’ research interests include homelessness,[4] youth culture,[5] criminal victimization[6] and community development[7] His research on street youth[8] has focused on their economic strategies,[9] health issues[10] and legal and justice issues,[11] and has resulted in numerous publications in scholarly journals. His research on street youth and oral health[12] was used to advocate for better dental services[13] for marginalized populations. This research played an important role in establishing Canada's first free dental service for street youth.[14] Prior to York University, Dr. Gaetz worked in the community health sector, including the Shout Clinic (a health clinic for street youth in Toronto), as well as Queen West Community Health Centre in Toronto.

Dr. Gaetz has currently received multi-year funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to establish the Canadian Homelessness Research Network.[15] The goal of this network is to work with researchers, service providers, government representatives, and the general public across Canada, in order to mobilize homelessness research for greater impact on homelessness policy and planning.[16]

Finally, he is the Principal Investigator and Director of the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub, from the 2008 SSHRC Cluster Grant proposal which garnered him a 7-year grant. The Homeless Hub is an online research library and information center containing more than 25,000 homelessness related items.[17]

He is the secretary of the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness with Alex Himelfarb as Chair and Tim Richter as Vice-Chair. The York-University based Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness based on the highly successful American model originated in 2000, also focusses on 10-year Plans to End Homelessness and Housing First approaches.[18]


  1. ^ Research Impact. (2009). Interview with Dr. Stephen Gaetz. Retrieved Jan 12, 2010.
  2. ^ The Publin Consortium & Department of Government University College Cork.(2005).Breaking New Ground: Innovation in the Public Sector. Retrieved Dec 29, 2009.
  3. ^ . Ylife: York's Newsletter for Students. (2007). Social policy journal notes growing engagement of youth. Retrieved Dec 30, 2009
  4. ^ Gaetz, Stephen. (2004) Understanding Research on Homelessness in Toronto: A Literature Review. Toronto: York University and Wellesley Central Health Foundation.
  5. ^ Gaetz, Stephen. (1995). Youth Development: Conflict and Negotiations in an Urban Irish Youth Club, In Caplan, P. (ed.), Understanding Disputes: The Politics of Argument(pp:81-121). Oxford, UK: Berg Publishers.
  6. ^ Gaetz, Stephen. (2004). Safe Streets for Whom? Homeless Youth, Social Exclusion, and Criminal Victimization. Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice, 46(4), 423-455.
  7. ^ Gaetz, Stephen. (1997). Looking Out for the Lads: Community Action and Youth Provision in an Urban Irish Parish. St. John's: Institute of Social and Economic Research.
  8. ^ Gaetz, Stephen & O'Grady, Bill. (2004). Homelessness, Gender and Subsistence: The Case of Toronto Street Youth. Journal of Youth Studies, 7(4), 397-416.
  9. ^ Gaetz, Stephen & O'Grady, Bill. (2002). Making Money - Exploring the Economy of Homeless Workers. Work, Employment and Society, 16 (3), 433-456.
  10. ^ Gaetz, S., Tarasuk, V., & Dachner, N. (2006). Managing Homeless Youth in Toronto: Mismanaging Food Access and Nutritional Well-being. Canadian Review of Social Policy, 58, 43-61.
  11. ^ Gaetz, Stephen. (2002). Street Justice - The Legal and Justice Issues of Homeless Youth in Toronto. Toronto: Justice for Children and Youth.
  12. ^ Gaetz, S., Goettler, F., & Lee, J. (1994). The Oral Health of Toronto's Street Youth. Canadian Dental Association Journal, 60 (6), 545-548.
  13. ^ Gaetz, Stephen & Lee, Jack. (1995). Developing Dental Services for Street Youth. Ontario Dentist, 72 (9), 34-37.
  14. ^ Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada & Human Resources and Social Development Canada. Street Connect: Researcher Profiles. Retrieved Dec 30, 2009
  15. ^ Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. (2009). What's New: Government of Canada invests more than $22 million in knowledge networks. Retrieved Jan 13, 2010
  16. ^ York University. (2009). Faculty Profiles:Stephen Gaetz. Retrieved Dec 28, 2009
  17. ^ Brown, Louise. (2009). Curriculum examines what puts kids on the streets. Toronto Star. Retrieved Jan 12, 2010
  18. ^ "About CAEH". Toronto, Ontario. 2014. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 

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