Canadian Observatory on Homelessness
November 23, 2017

Can you believe it’s already been ten years?

We launched the Homeless Hub back in 2007, after seeing the success of the very first research conference on homelessness in Canada at York University. That event opened up a dialogue about improving access to research on homelessness for researchers, government representatives and the public.

Stephen Gaetz, President and CEO of the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness talked about coming to the idea of the Homeless Hub after...

Calgary Homeless Foundation
February 15, 2017

To understand homelessness in Canada, it’s important to understand the relationship between poverty and homelessness. Poverty is not always about homelessness, but homelessness is embedded in poverty. Reducing poverty impacts homelessness, always.

Days after the 2015 federal election, a Globe and Mail opinion piece ...

This past summer, Stephen Gaetz and I received a SSHRC Insight Development Grant for a new project, which extends some earlier work we did together when I was the COH’s post-doctoral fellow. In our early work, we were trying to identify social and structural conditions that support collaborations between communities and academic institutions. We studied the work that was happening at the...

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...

Calgary Homeless Foundation
August 04, 2016

On May 4, 2016, approximately 40 people attended the First Annual Canadian Homelessness Data Sharing Initiative, sponsored in Calgary by the Calgary Homeless Foundation and the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy. Those attending included government officials, researchers and students. Here are 10 things to know about the event.

Media Folder: Media Root...
Canadian Observatory on Homelessness, York University
July 25, 2016

One of the unfortunate contradictions of our time is that we have more knowledge and the ability to share our knowledge faster with greater numbers of people in the world than ever in our history – and yet we still have poverty, homelessness, climate change, hatred and war. – Gary Meyers

For decades, Canada has largely responded to homelessness through emergency services and supports. It is now evident that this...

Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association
January 20, 2015

A few weeks ago I tweeted about three things I learned while working on the Leaving Home report on Youth Homelessness in York Region. Oxana from the Homeless Hub promptly messaged me – and planted the idea that ‘this would be a good blog post’.  I have taken some time to expand on what I learned, though they aren’t to be mistaken with the ‘key findings’ of the report:

Youth are...
Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub; York University
October 31, 2014
Categories: Ask the Hub

Last year we came across an infographic about the cost to end homelessness in the United States based on a New York Times report from 2012.  We wondered whether we could do something similar for Canada. We couldn’t because we didn’t have the numbers until this week when the...

Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub; York University
October 29, 2014

Today, the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub and the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness have once again teamed up to deliver a national report card on homelessness – State of Homelessness in Canada: 2014. In this ground-breaking report we look at updated statistics on homelessness and housing, as well as provide a detailed cost estimate on...

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...


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