Housing and living spaces

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Below are brief descriptions of selected articles on housing and living spaces in the Downtown Eastside. Each featured article comes with an research summary, and its full text has been archived in cIRcle, UBC’s open access repository.

Featured Articles

Limited access to private space linked to street disorder

Many participants in this study reported that they would spend less time on the street if they had more access to private space.


The built environment and sexual and drug use risks to sex workers

This study shows street-based sex workers are more likely to exchange sex work for drugs in relatively out-of-sight areas (like parks) instead of commercial areas in order to avoid police harassment or arrest.

Women in sex work struggle to find safe, secure housing

This study suggests an urgent need for transitional housing to meet minimum basic standards and to develop long-term, safe housing for women in sex work.

Youth who sell sex: The need for housing and supports just for youth

This study demonstrates a need for prevention, treatment, healing and housing services specifically for young, Aboriginal women.

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