The Centre for Urban Health Solutions, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital
October 04, 2017

What happens to young people experiencing homelessness once they become housed? Surprisingly, while there have been many studies on what drives young people to the streets and what keeps them there, there have been very few studies designed to follow young people in their journey off the streets.

In March 2015, I began 10 months of intense field work, hanging out with nine young people who had recently left the shelter system in Toronto, Canada and moved into market rent housing. My...

Calgary Homeless Foundation
July 06, 2017

On May 18, 2017, the Second Annual Canadian Homelessness Data Sharing Initiative took place in Calgary (all slide presentations, as well as photos from the event, are available here). The event was organized by the Calgary Homeless Foundation and the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy, and the participants included:  people...

Homeless Hub
January 20, 2017
Categories: Ask the Hub

In our latest website survey, we received the following question from Patricia F.: “Where can we get funding for transitional type housing projects?” This is a bit tough to answer without further information on the initiative but I’ll do my best!

Funding is the lifeline of service agencies but searching and applying for grants is not as simple as just asking, and gone are the days of government support as the main, if not the sole contributor. Besides providing...

Canadian Observatory on Homelessness, York University
October 20, 2016

Today,Media Folder: Media Root the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness and the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness are releasing The State of Homelessness in Canada 2016. In this year’s report, we consider how - through the introduction of a National Housing Strategy – we can...

York University; Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub
December 09, 2015

There is a growing demand for affordable housing across Canada. Affordable housing in Canada that is subsidized is supported by a mixture of provincial and federal funding sources. This week’s infographic, published by the ONPHA (Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association), looks at the need for increased federal investment in affordable housing in Ontario.


York University; Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub
October 28, 2015

This week’s infographic, produced by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), takes a look at the link between housing and mental health. As Canada’s largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital, CAMH combines clinical care, health promotion, and policy development to help positively impact the lives of individuals severely affected by mental health issues.

The infographic explores Ontario’s shortage of...

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...

BC Non-Profit Housing Association
April 15, 2015

In February of 2015, the BC Provincial government released its annual budget plan. While issues like healthcare, education, and the projected surplus gained most of the media attention, BC Non-Profit Housing Association wanted to look at how the budget affects subsidized housing. Using BC Housing Annual Reports and Service Plans (released alongside the budget), we put together an infographic that shows some recent and long-term trends in housing policy.  

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Calgary Homeless Foundation
February 05, 2015

On Monday I gave a guest presentation to Craig Jones‘ graduate seminar class in Carleton University’s School of Social Work.  My presentation sought to answer two questions:

Why should government play a role in creating affordable housing? Which level of government is responsible?


Queen’s University
February 03, 2015

Since the mid-1980s, Canada has adopted housing policies that take a hands off approach. During this time and progressing into the mid-1990s the federal government cut funding and eliminated many programs that were intended to help low-income individuals and families afford adequate housing.

As we continue into the 21st century, it does not appear that the federal, or now provincial governments, are going to be seriously addressing issues related to housing. In fact, if we continue...


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