A common explanation of immigrants' under-representation among the homeless population in Canada is that kinship and community networks act as a buffer to absolute homelessness. There are indications that immigrant homelessness is, however, increasing, suggesting that the buffering capacity of social networks reaches a limit. Further, evidence of precarious housing situations indicates that we should approach this form of housing provision with some caution. This paper draws on a larger study of housing difficulties among immigrants in Calgary to address the ways in which social capital serves a buffering role, and under what conditions it loses its ability to prevent absolute homelessness.
Tanasescu, Alina and Smart, Alan
"The Limits of Social Capital: An Examination of Immigrants' Housing Challenges in Calgary,"
The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare: Vol. 37
, Article 6.
Available at: http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/jssw/vol37/iss4/6