David Hulchanski

Professor; Dr. Chow Yei Ching Chair in Housing; Ph.D. Urban Planning, University of Toronto; M.Sc.(Pl.) Urban Planning, University of Toronto; B.A. Political Science, Siena College, Albany, New York
Phone Number: 
(416) 978-1973
Office Location: 

Room 538

Office Hours: 

To book an appointment email david.hulchanski@utoronto.ca

Research Interests: 
  • Housing and community development
  • Human rights, discrimination, racism and social justice
  • Urban income inequality and segregation trends
  • Social welfare policy, poverty and social planning
  • Homelessness and housing instability

David Hulchanski is a professor of housing and community development and since 1997 holds the Faculty’s endowed chair in housing, the Dr. Chow Yei Ching Chair in Housing.

He served as the director of the Centre for Urban and Community Studies from 2000 to 2008. His PhD is in the social and community aspects of urban planning.

In the 1980’s he was a professor of community planning at the University of British Columbia and director of the UBC Centre for Human Settlements.  He is a former North American editor of the journal Housing Studies.

Professor Hulchanski’s research and teaching is focused on housing need, homelessness, neighbourhoods, community development, and social and economic rights. He teaches courses on housing, homelessness, community development, and a PhD seminar on research design and the conceptual framing of research.

With St Christopher House as a community research partner, he lead a team that in 2010 completed a 5-year $1 million SSHRC funded study of socio-economic and ethno-cultural change in Toronto’s neighbourhoods. The key summary report from that project is:  The Three Cities In Toronto: Income Polarization among Toronto’s Neighbourhoods, 1970-2005. See:  http://3cities.neighbourhoodchange.ca

He is now the principle investigator of a new 7-year $2.5 million SSHRC Partnership Grant focused on neighbourhood change in six Canadian cities with international comparisons, known as the Neighbourhood Change Research Partnership. Partners include local United Ways, social planning councils and other community agencies in the six Canadian cities. See:  www.NeighbourhoodChange.ca

In 2013 he received a University of Toronto Award of Excellence, the Carolyn Touhy Impact on Public Policy Award.


Finding Home:  Policy Options for Addressing Homelessness in Canada.  Edited by J.D. Hulchanski, P. Campsie, S. Chau, S.W. Hwang, E. Paradis. Published as an eBook by Cities Centre Press, 2009, 30 chapters.  Available at:  www.homelesshub.ca/FindingHome

Finding Room:  Policy Options for a Canadian Rental Housing Strategy. Edited by J.D. Hulchanski and M. Shapcott. Toronto:  CUCS Press, University of Toronto, 2004.  27 chapters.  472 pages.

Book Chapters: 

“The Concept of Housing Affordability,” Chapter 7 in The Affordable Housing Reader. Edited by JR & EJ Mueller, London & NY: Routledge, 2013.

“What Factors Shape Canadian Housing Policy?  The Intergovernmental Role in Canada’s Housing System,” Chapter 10 in Canada, State of the Federation 2004: Municipal – Federal – Provincial Relations. Editors R Young & C Leuprecht. McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2006.

“Social Housing: U.S. Prospect, Canadian Reality,” Chapter 1 in The Affordable City:  Toward a Third Sector Housing Policy. Editor JE Davis, Philadelphia:  Temple University Press, 1994.  Co-author Peter Dreier.

“New Forms of Owning and Renting,” Chapter 4 in House, Home, and Community:  Progress in Housing Canadians, 1945-1986. Editor JR Miron, Montreal:  McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1993, pp. 64-75.

“Canada,” Chapter 9 in the International Handbook of Housing Policy and Practices. Editor W van Vliet, Greenwood Press, London & NY, 1990.

Publications In Refereed Journals: 

“Housing as a Socio-Economic Determinant of Health,” Canadian Journal of Public Health, Sept-Oct 2006, pp. S11-S15.  Co-authors:  JR Dunn, MV Hayes, JD Hulchanski, SW Hwang, L Potvin.

“The Housing / Health Relationship:  What do we Know?” Reviews on Environmental Health (UK), January 2000.  Co-authors:  E Fuller-Thomson & S Hwang.

“The Concept of Housing Affordability:  Six Contemporary Uses of the Housing Expenditure-to-Income Ratio,” Housing Studies, 10(4), October 1995, 471-491.

“Housing as a Factor in Admissions of Children to Temporary Care:  A Survey,” Child Welfare: Journal of Policy, Practice and Program, 74(3), May/June 1995, 547-562.  Co-authors:  M Cohen-Schlanger, A Fitzpatrick, D Raphael.

“Non-Profit Housing in Canada and the United States:  A Comparison,” Housing Policy Debate, 4(1), 1993, 43-80.  Co-author:  Peter Dreier.

“The Evolution of Property Rights and Housing Tenure in Post-War Canada:  Implications for Housing Policy,” Urban Law and Policy, 9(2), June, 135-156.

“Keeping Warm and Dry:  The Policy Response to the Struggle for Shelter Among Canada’s Urban Poor, 1900 – 1960,” Urban History Review, 16(2), October, 1987, pp. 147-163.  JC Bacher, co-author.

“The 1935 Dominion Housing Act:  Setting the Stage for a Permanent Federal Presence in Canada’s Housing Sector,” Urban History Review, June 1986.

“Citizen Participation in Planning: A Look at the Metropolitan Toronto Transportation Plan Review,” Plan Canada, 14(1), October 1974, pp. 23-29.






Other Selected Publications: 

The Three Cities within Toronto: Income polarization among Toronto’s Neighbourhoods, 1970–2005, Cities Centre, University of Toronto, Neighbourhood Change Research Partnership report, 2010. 32 pages.

Rethinking the Housing Affordability Challenge, Discussion paper commissioned for the Government of Canada’s “Canadian Housing Framework Initiative,” a national consultation process, January 2005. 14 oages.

Housing Policy for Tomorrow’s Cities, Discussion Paper F27, Canadian Policy Research Networks (CPRN), prepared for the National Urban Policy Forum, December 2002. 30 pages.

Estimating Homelessness:  Towards a Methodology for Counting the Homeless in Canada, report prepared for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Research Division.  Co-authors:  T Peressini & L McDonald.  October 1995.  133 pages.

The Nature of Land and Housing:  Basic Philosophical Issues, Discussion paper prepared for the Ontario Fair Tax Commission, Working Group on Tax Treatment of Real Estate Gains, September 1991.  10 pages.