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Talking Home: Voices from Canada’s Housing Justice Frontlines


Series writer Jay Pitter.

Jay Pitter grew up in Toronto’s social housing and became an author and international placemaker. Over a year, she travelled across Canada to document the insights, struggles and resilience of people on the front lines of the nation’s housing crisis. These narratives will be chronicled in her forthcoming book Where We Live, to be published by McClelland & Stewart at Penguin Random House. In this series, in a format different from her book, she shares five insightful conversations.

This series is part of The Tyee’s Housing Fix project, which is supported by Catherine Donnelly Foundation in collaboration with Columbia Institute. Also as part of this project, in March 2018 in Vancouver, Jay Pitter led “A Deeper Housing Conversation,” an engagement session with dozens of people devoted to improving housing in B.C.

Funders of special solutions reporting projects neither influence nor endorse the particular content of Tyee reporting. Other publications wishing to publish this article please contact Jeanette Ageson: jageson (at)

In This Series



Dylan Cohen on Finding ‘Home’ after Foster Care

The youth advocate on why kids need more say in fixing our housing crisis. First in a series: Talking Home.

By Jay Pitter, 4 Feb 2019


Mirlo Liendo

Mirlo Liendo on What Living Precariously Teaches a Child

Home was fleeting, shaping her adult options and decisions. Latest in the Talking Home series.

By Jay Pitter, 6 Feb 2019



Yuly Chan on How to Defend a Neighbourhood

Mobilizing Chinatown meant hearing about people’s lives and ideas. Latest in the Talking Home series.

By Jay Pitter, 8 Feb 2019



Heather Jarvis on Sex Worker Myths and Real Homes

The SlutWalk co-founder talks stigma and housing. Latest in the series Talking Home.

By Jay Pitter, 11 Feb 2019



Will Prosper on How Violence Makes School No Second Home

Tough teen years in Montreal North made his lesson plan urban safety. Last in the Talking Home series.

By Jay Pitter, 13 Feb 2019



Will Prosper nous parle des écoles qui n’ont rien d’un deuxième chez-soi

Une adolescence difficile à Montréal-Nord lui a appris l’importance de la sécurité urbaine. Le dernier volet de la série Talking Home.

By Jay Pitter, 13 Feb 2019