Launch: Community Workspace on Homelessness

York University
October 27, 2015

Today, the COH officially launches its Community Workspace on Homelessness. The Workspace is a free, online platform for community representatives, service providers and others working in the homelessness sector to collaborate, share information and exchange resources.

Collectively, we have made notable progress in our understanding of homelessness in Canada. It is through research, ongoing collaboration and the commitment of many that we now know what it takes to end homelessness.

The Community Workspace on Homelessness is designed to further that collaboration. The online platform allows community members to meet and learn from one another. Overtime, the Workspace will become a hub of knowledge and the primary destination to exchange ideas.  

This launch is timely. In 2016, communities across the country will be implementing their first Point-in-Time Homeless Count as part of the HPS Coordinated Count. Fortunately, communities need not reinvent the wheel. Communities across Canada, including Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary, have conducted multiple counts. In 2014, the 7 Cities of Alberta conducted the first provincially coordinated count – there is ample opportunity for communities to learn from one another. If you are planning a PiT Count, the Community Workspace on Homelessness is a place to discuss the planning and implementation of your count – among other issues related to homelessness.

What can you do on the Community Workspace on Homelessness?

✓ Start discussion topics; pose questions related to homelessness; propose new ideas and revisit longstanding practices;

✓ Respond to your colleagues; strengthen your local, regional and national networks;

✓ Share resources, tools and research;

✓ Promote events; and

✓ Get in touch with the COH!

The success of the Community Workspace on Homelessness relies on you – as more members join and participate, the Workspace will become more valuable.  

It is free and easy to register and it is open to everyone! Once you’ve had a look around, I encourage you to share your feedback with the COH and the Homeless Hub Team – we’re looking forward to the conversations. 

Stephen Gaetz is a Professor in the Faculty of Education and is the Director of the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness and the Homeless Hub. He is also President of Raising the Roof, a leading Canadian charity that focuses on long term solutions to homelessness. 

Dr. Gaetz is committed to a research agenda that foregrounds social justice and attempts to make research on homelessness relevant to policy and program development. His research on homeless youth has focused on their economic strategies, health, education and legal and justice issues, and more recently, he has focused his attention on policy and in particular the Canadian Response to homelessness.  He has recently edited two volumes on homelessness in Canada, including: Housing First in Canada – Supporting Communities to End Homelessness. (2013) and Youth homelessness in Canada: Implications for policy and practice (2013). In addition, he has published a book on community-based responses to youth problems in Ireland and written numerous reports and articles published in a wide range of peer reviewed journals. Dr. Gaetz was Associate Dean of Research and Professional Development in the Faculty of Education Prior to his time at York University, Dr. Gaetz worked in the Community Health Sector, both at Shout Clinic (a health clinic for street youth in Toronto) and Queen West Community Health Centre in Toronto.

Dr. Gaetz has played a leading international role in knowledge dissemination in the area of homelessness. York played host to 2005’s Canadian Conference on Homelessness – the first research conference of its kind in Canada. In addition, York University now hosts the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness and the Homeless Hub the first comprehensive and cross-disciplinary web-based clearinghouse of homelessness research in the world. The focus of this network is to work with researchers across Canada to mobilize research so that it has a greater impact on homelessness policy and planning.  Through the CHRN Dr. Gaetz is publishing policy relevant research, including two recent reports on youth homelessness: A Safe and Decent Place to Live: Towards a Housing First Framework for Youth. (2014) and Coming of Age:  Reimagining our Response to Youth Homelessness in Canada. (2014), as well as The Canadian Definition of Homelessness (2012), The Real Cost of Homelessness. Can we save money by doing the right thing? (2012), Can I See Your ID?  The Policing of Homeless Youth in Toronto (2011), and  Family Matters: Homeless youth and Eva’s Initiatives “Family Reconnect” Program. (2011).


10:24 AM 25/02/2016

Hi CN,

You can email if you're having difficulty accessing the workspace, and we will help you log in.

Thank you,

Ilyana Keohane

Communications Officer

Homeless Hub 

5:22 PM 17/02/2016

Hi, How can I access the community workspace on homelessness? when I click on

the link it says the page is not available.

Oxana Roudenko
2:50 PM 17/12/2015

Hi Emma,

The presentation slides and the recording from yesterday's webinar are available here:

10:44 AM 17/12/2015

I am just wondering if the slideshow presentation from the webinar yesterday could be posted! Thanks I am just trying to get an early start on my report

Oxana Roudenko
4:23 PM 30/10/2015

Hi Lorraine,

We appreciate your offer to help! You can help us with this launch by sharing information about the Workspace, participating in discussions and sharing ideas. If you have not yet registered, you can do so here:

Oxana Roudenko
Communications Officer
Homeless Hub

Oxana Roudenko
4:18 PM 30/10/2015

Hi Linda,

If you are still having issues signing in, please contact us at and we will assist you in getting access to the website.

Oxana Roudenko
Communications Officer
Homeless Hub

Linda Pearce
8:05 PM 28/10/2015

signing in seems to be impossible

Youth Projects Australia
4:41 PM 27/10/2015

Congratulations on a great initiative. We follow your valuable research and insights from afar, in our work for people experiencing homelessness in Melbourne.

7:21 AM 27/10/2015

I live in London On and would like to help out any way I can. 519-474-7126 or by email at

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