York University; Canadian Observatory on Homelessness
October 03, 2016
Categories: Topics

October 2nd marks the International Day of Non-Violence, an initiative by the United Nations that seeks to disseminate the message of non-violence through education and public awareness, in the hopes of securing a culture of peace, tolerance, understanding and non-violence. In honour of this initiative, it is critical to identify the multitude of ways violence manifests in our lives. One...

Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub: York University
February 12, 2016
Tags: shelters
Categories: Ask the Hub

 This question came from Jo A. via our latest website survey: “I would like more information on out of the cold sheltering. How many are there, how are they funded, and how long do they stay open for? What gaps do they fill in the shelter system? Why do they exist? Why do some choose this type of sheltering instead of regular hostel settings?”

Out of the Cold (OOTC) shelters exist in many different forms throughout Canada, but are typically only available throughout the coldest...

Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub: York University
January 14, 2016
Categories: Ask the Hub

This topic was inspired by a recent post in the Community Workspace. Ali wrote to the community to learn about how other organizations handle banning, asking: “Do any communities have consistent policies related to clients being banned from shelters that are consistent across the system?”

Bans have been a bit of a hot topic lately, especially...

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...

York University
August 04, 2014
Categories: Solutions

Shelter diversion is a strategy targeting homeless youth that refers to the provision of alternative temporary housing options, supports and interventions designed to reduce the likelihood that young people in particular will wind up relying on the emergency shelter system. There are compelling reasons to consider strategies that help young people avoid this route. Because most small communities do not have emergency shelters, moving into one often means not only leaving home, but leaving –...

Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub; York University
June 24, 2014

The following blog is excerpted from a deputation to the City of Toronto’s Community Development and Recreation Committee I’ll be making tomorrow (June 25th).

The Full Report can be found here and the...

For today's Ask the Hub, we wanted to feature a post from openDemocracy to answer the "What Does It Mean To Live Generously?" question. This article is reposted under Creative Commons licensing.

Genuine happiness involves sharing time and money, but beware of thinking that the poor belong to some other tribe. Do not judge, presume or patronize. There are no unimportant acts of kindness.


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...

Calgary Homeless Foundation
October 22, 2013

On October 18th, I gave a presentation on public policy responding to homelessness in Canada, with a focus on the past decade. I gave the presentation at this year’s annual conference of the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association.

Points I made in the...

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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