Research Summaries

Research Summaries

Publication Date: 2016
In North America there are an estimated 2 million street involved youth. Street involved youth have higher rates of infections such as HIV and other STIs. They are also exposed to a greater amount of respiratory illness and malnutrition. Outreach is the first step in service delivery for street involved youth. Organizations approach outreach in several ways, and have different methods for understanding successful outreach. Outreach is...
Publication Date: 2016
A key challenge in developing solutions to homelessness is that research does not always have a big impact on policy and practice. Typical ways of publishing academic research make it difficult to understand. Research is often presented in ways that make it challenging for policy makers and practitioners to use. Academic papers and reports are usually published by academic journals. The peer review process is meant to maintain a high...
Publication Date: 2014
There has been a lack of research that expresses the experience of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada. This has allowed misconceptions about how people experience homelessness. One of these misconceptions is that Aboriginal Peoples travel between the urban centre and rural reservation. This research has confirmed that people who leave the reservation are not likely to move back. No moving back: A study of the intersection of rural and urban...
Publication Date: 2014
Policy decisions are largely based on a body of evidence that can be drawn on. In the case of policies on Aboriginal Peoples experiencing homelessness, there is a lack of research on the dynamics of homelessness, including credible attempts to capture an adequate count. A large number of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada live in urban settings. There are populations that also move between the city and reserves, however it is unclear the...
Publication Date: 2014
This research examines Canada’s responses to youth homelessness. Unlike the United Kingdom, Australia and even the United States, which look at youth homelessness as an issue separate and distinct from adult homelessness, Canada is lagging behind and tends to create “homelessness junior” services. The research, responses and programs that the author evaluates and examines in this report show that there are innovative and unique ways of...
Publication Date: 2013
Homelessness can increase the risk of injection drug use amongst youth. This means that interventions that address housing may also reduce high-risk drug use behaviours. Programs that address risks associated with drug use are also necessary in order to limit exposure and likelihood of injection drug use and other high-risk behaviours. Homelessness Independently Predicts Injection Drug Use Initiation Among Street-Involved Youth in a...

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