At Home/Chez Soi

Wilfrid Laurier University
June 06, 2014
Categories: Ask the Hub
“Why do we need more research and evaluation on housing and homelessness? We already have enough research and we know what to do to end homelessness.”

This is a familiar refrain from the general public, as well as some people who provide housing and support services for people who are homeless. Often times, research and evaluation are seen as a waste of money that would be better spent on housing and services.

As a researcher and evaluator of housing and support services for...

Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness
June 04, 2014

I have a confession. I’m one of those people who thinks ‘evaluation’ is a four letter word. Or at least I did.

Let me explain.

Evaluations have always felt like the equivalent of a trip to the dentist – an expensive and painful necessity that we’d all rather avoid. And, if you’re anything like me, you only ever go to the dentist if something painful happens or you’re forced to go.

I’m willing to bet 75% of evaluations[1] in social services fall...

Wilfred Laurier University
June 03, 2014

Our research team created the Housing First toolkit as part of a strategy to disseminate lessons learned from the At Home/Chez Soi project. We wanted to create a tool that was widely accessible and relevant to how people access and use information. A website seemed like the ideal vehicle for this toolkit. Our goal was to provide information and resources for...

Calgary Homeless Foundation
April 24, 2014

Earlier this month, I wrote a blog post titled 10 Things to Know About the At Home/Chez Soi (AHCS) Study, a homelessness study which I argue is one of the most ambitious randomized controlled trials in Canadian history. The intent of that post was to provide background information about the report prior to its release. Now that the...

Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub; York University
April 11, 2014

The Mental Health Commission of Canada just released the Final Report following their At Home/Chez Soi project. This multi-year demonstration project has shown some fabulous results and answers...

Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association
April 09, 2014

Media Folder: Media Root

Media Folder: Media Root

Yesterday the national final report for the cross-site At Home/Chez Soi project was released. The...

Calgary Homeless Foundation
April 07, 2014

On Tuesday, April 8, results of the Mental Health Commission of Canada‘s At Home/Chez Soi homelessness study will be released at an Ottawa press conference. The study followed more than 2,000 participants in five Canadian cities.  All were homeless when the study began. Half of them...

York University
October 07, 2013

Earlier this year the Government of Canada renewed the Homelessness Partnering Strategy for five years, much to the relief of communities and citizens across the country concerned with the State of Homelessness in Canada. The renewal came with a shift in program emphasis - communities are now being asked to adopt a Housing First framework.

While this shift is certainly welcome, but when your funder asks you to do something new, there is going to be some...

Working at the Homeless Hub means becoming privy to a seemingly never-ending stream of data and research from experts in homelessness. Our staff are constantly working to update our resources, translate research papers into two-page research summaries and to highlight some of this information in social media through our Twitter feed and Facebook account.

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We met Sayid after he was hospitalized due to an exacerbation of a pre-existing heart condition and foot pain related to long-standing diabetes and chronic exposure to dampness. His admission, the fourth in a six-month period, was largely related to his inability to take his medications as prescribed, lack...

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