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Dying for a Home: Homeless Activists Speak Out [Paperback]

Cathy Crowe
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April 4 2007
Cathy Crowe always wanted to be a nurse but she never planned to be a street nurse—a title she continues to use to evoke the horror of homelessness in a rich country like Canada. In Dying for a Home Crowe brings us the voices of ten homeless activists advocating for change. The word homeless conjures many stereotypes, but rarely does it suggest bravery, courage, charisma, or intelligence, qualities demonstrated by each of these determined individuals.

The contents of Crowe's nursing bag reveal the hard truth of her specialty. Her vitamins will not prevent the white plague of tuberculosis from taking another life. The duct tape to fix a cardboard shelter, or the bus ticket to get an elderly man to a hot air grate, will not ensure a peaceful night of safety and sleep. Crowe's experience has taught her that the only thing homeless people have in common is being de-housed and forced to live in conditions of poverty. It is this first-hand experience with the disgrace of homelessness that turned her into a housing advocate and introduced her to the ten contributors to Dying for a Home. (Sarah Polley)

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"Read this book not only for the fascinating personal stories of a group of determined activists, but also for the political lessons on building solidarity, organizing coalitions, and mobilizing people against the neoliberal agenda."
Labour/Le Travail

About the Author

Cathy Crowe is a street-nurse in downtown Toronto and has worked in the area of homelessness for over seventeen years. Along with colleagues, she co-founded the Toronto Disaster Relief Committee (TDRC), which in 1998 declared homelessness a national disaster. Cathy is a current recipient of the Atkinson Charitable Foundation’s Economic Justice Award.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An essential book for all Canadians April 29 2007
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Why do those who can make a difference fail to act? Street nurse Cathy Crowe and the remarkable individuals she introduces us to make clear what needs to be done. Their formula should be ours: witness + honesty + speaking out = the right thing to do. We have in this book a powerful and moving series of first-hand witness statements. The rest is up to us.

J. David Hulchanski, Professor and Director

Centre for Urban and Community Studies, University of Toronto
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