Emergency services

York University; Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub
April 22, 2015

The below infographic, published by the Ontario Non-profit Housing Association, acts as a handy guide to the number of housing options that exist in the province. This post will focus on three of these housing options mentioned: (1) emergency housing, (2) co-op housing, and (3) transitional housing.

1. Emergency Housing

In many cities, shelters are the primary response that communities have to homelessness. The role of...

Canadian Observatory on Homelessness
March 30, 2015
Categories: Topics

Media Folder: Media Root

Outreach, when coupled with access to services, creates community linkages at both the client and systemic level. At the client level, it ensures referral to services that address problem substance use and other related health and basic needs. Systemically, it increases collaboration and coordination among service providers to maximize the...

York University; Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub
October 01, 2014

In towns and cities across Canada, shelters are the primary response communities have to homelessness. Emergency shelters provide homeless people with temporary housing and access to much needed resources. These resources may include food, informal counselling, and some form of healthcare. Shelters provide homeless individuals with access to a network of resources that alleviate some of the difficulties they...

Take a moment to imagine yourself strolling along a quiet, suburban street. Now picture a busy, downtown street. The experience and sights are obviously quite different.

One of the most obvious, and certainly visible, differences is the physical contrast between the two settings. When we think of the suburbs our imagination pictures a place filled with large single detached homes, expansive green lawns and meandering residential streets. The city, on the...

Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub; York University
August 15, 2014
Categories: Ask the Hub

We received this tweet from Jordan Dawe on Twitter. He asks where donations can best be used to help people experiencing homelessness.

@homelesshub For donations to help homelessness, what kind of organization helps most? Food banks? Shelters? Giving directly to people?

— Jordan Dawe (@freedryk) August 8, 2014

Thanks for an interesting question Jordan....

Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub; York University
May 12, 2014

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a style of working with a client that focuses on allowing the client to direct the change rather than telling the client what they need to do. It is about having a conversation about change. MI is considered to be an evidence-based practice that has proven to be successful.

 t3 (think. teach. transform.) – a Seattle-based company that is affiliated with the Center for...

Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association
March 05, 2014

The YWCA is “the oldest and largest women’s multi service organization”. The YWCA has continued to be vocal in their opposition to violence against women. This infographic is important for the community, researchers and service providers who work with people experiencing homelessness. Abuse continues to be a leading pathway to homelessness in Canada. Research found that as many as three quarters of...

Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association
November 13, 2013

This infographic focuses on emergency shelter use. The statistics and information are from the Facing Homelessness report, released by the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness.

It is alarming that emergency shelters are operating at above their capacity. I chose to use the images to represent the months of the year, to highlight the importance of...

Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub; York University
September 06, 2013
Categories: Ask the Hub

This post is part of our Friday "Ask the Hub" blog series. Have a homeless-related question you want answered? E-mail us at thehub@edu.yorku.ca and we will provide a research-based answer.

Yesterday, via our Twitter account, we received this question:

First of all, are you safe? Whether you’ve been kicked out by your parents, fled an abusive relationship, left a burning building or...

Housing stability. Rapid re-housing. Prevention. Diversion.

These were the words that guided discussion at the first of four service provider consultations hosted by the City of Toronto’s Shelter, Support and Housing Administration Division last week. The consultations are a welcome opportunity to inform the City’s Five-Year Housing Stability Plan and the public’s annual $650 Million investment in housing and homelessness.

For some, these terms are full of meaning. But I can’t...


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