Although Canada is one of the top 10 trading nations in the global economy, homelessness continues to be a significant social problem. To understand this paradox, we examine academic debates on best practices, the genesis and sociocultural contexts of recent policies, and community-based homeless services. Our critical review unveils the underlying ideology of service provision: the meta-discourse of neoliberalism, which results in time-limited programs, divorced from community needs, with an ad hoc development of services. We resist this discourse by highlighting how a social work commitment to social justice can mitigate the new neoliberal requirements in homeless services delivery.

Marjorie Johnstone, Eunjung Lee, Jo Connelly

International Social Work, Vol 60, Issue 6, 2017



Understanding the meta-discourse driving homeless policies and programs in Toronto, Canada: The neoliberal management of social service delivery [2017]