Recent addition: Report on Possessions of Precariously Housed People

Introduction Page of the Possessions of Precariously Housed People report


Personal property rights may apply only if you have a home or title to land, according to a recently published report that is now available via the Downtown Eastside Research Access Portal (DTES RAP).

The report, called Possessions of Precariously Housed People: Belongings Matter and produced by researchers from the University of British Columbia (UBC), Simon Fraser University (SFU), and the University of Ottawa (uOttawa), argues that the regulations and laws that protect property for some actually have the potential to undermine the same rights of those who are precariously housed and unhoused.

Through the analysis of multiple laws and regulations that govern people and their belongings in Canada, the report also indicates that precariously housed and unhoused folks experience greater regulatory control when it comes to their personal property.  In other words, the increased visibility and therefore vulnerability of precariously housed and unhoused folks subjects them to greater scrutiny under current property-based laws and regulations.

To learn more about the report:

The Making Research Accessible initiative (MRAi) team is continually adding links to academic research and community-generated materials in the DTES RAP that is relevant to the Downtown Eastside (DTES).  Other recent additions to the DTES RAP include:


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