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RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

In 2016, No Vacancy: Affordability and Homelessness in Vancouver provided a point in time snapshot of the growing affordability crisis within the City of Vancouver. By examining structural factors such as vacancy rates at low-end-of-market, cost of average rent, available income, cost of living, social housing built, and rent supplements provided, No Vacancy concluded that within the then-current environment, “homelessness [would] continue to...

JOURNAL NAME: Canadian Journal of Public Health 
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018
For patients who belonged to physician rosters at a family medicine practice in the core of Calgary, Canada, we compared primary care utilization for those who were stably housed and those experiencing homelessness. In the context of an inner-city primary care clinic in Calgary, Canada, homelessness status is associated with an increased rate of visits to primary care. This work has implications for public health and health systems decision-...
RESOURCE TYPE: Homeless Count
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

On February 15th-17th, 2017 Community Development Council Durham (CDCD) and Durham Mental Health Services (DMHS), in collaboration with numerous partners, conducted Durham’s first Point-in-Time (PiT) Count. With the assistance of 150 volunteers, those who were experiencing sheltered or unsheltered homelessness, or were provisionally accommodated in a public institution or transitional shelter, were surveyed, enumerated or tallied. The...

ORGANIZATION: Turning Time Research and Consulting
RESOURCE TYPE: Homeless Count
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

The purpose of a Point-in-Time Count (PiT) is to obtain a snapshot of people who are absolutely homeless in a community during a set timeframe – usually limited to 24 hours to avoid counting some people twice. The summer 2017 homeless count took place in the Cowichan Valley Region on August 15 and 16 over a 24-hour period. Count sites were located in the Duncan-North Cowichan core area, Ladysmith, Chemainus, Lake Cowichan and Mill Bay. The...

RESOURCE TYPE: Homeless Count
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

In 2016, the Government of Canada conducted a nation-wide Point in Time Count (PiT Count) to look at homelessness trends across Canada for the first time. Information gained through the count is used to identify themes, challenges and characteristics of homelessness across the country and helps to inform service needs at a local, provincial and federal level. The PiT Count is intended to provide a snapshot of the minimum number of people...

RESOURCE TYPE: Homeless Count
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

The Dufferin County 2018 Point-in-Time (PiT) Count included an enumeration of individuals experiencing homelessness living unsheltered, emergency sheltered, temporarily sheltered (i.e. couch surfing), and in public locations. The count was conducted by volunteers and staff from the homeless-serving system over a two day period, May 14th and May 15th 2018, throughout the County of Dufferin.

This report provides important background...

ORGANIZATION: Guelph and Wellington Task Force for Poverty Elimination
RESOURCE TYPE: Homeless Count
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

The 2018 Guelph-Wellington Point-in-Time Count included an enumeration of individuals experiencing homelessness living unsheltered, emergency sheltered, temporarily sheltered (i.e. couch surfing), and in unknown locations. The count was conducted over a three-day period in Guelph and over a seven-day period in Wellington County.

Volunteers and staff from the homeless-serving system conducted an in-person survey, the results of which...

RESOURCE TYPE: Homeless Count
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018
The nationally coordinated 2018 PiT Count was funded through the Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) and involved the collaboration of over 60 HPS-funded communities across Canada. The Nanaimo Homelessness Coalition, Nanaimo Region John Howard Society (NRJHS), and United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island (UWCNVI) organized the second consecutive HPS PiT Count in Nanaimo. The count was held on April 18th, 2018.
The Nanaimo...
ORGANIZATION: End Homelessness St. John’s
RESOURCE TYPE: Homeless Count
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018
On April 11, 2018, End Homelessness St. John’s (EHSJ) conducted its second biennial Point-in-Time (PiT) Count of the community’s homeless population, titled ‘Everyone Counts’. The initiative, in partnership with Canada’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) and the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness (COH), provides a snapshot of the minimum number of people experiencing homelessness on a single day in St. John’s. This includes persons...
ORGANIZATION: Prairie Research Centre, The Institute of Urban Studies, University of Winnipeg
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

Winnipeg is a mid-sized prairie city. Its roots run deep in the community, with a strong sense of resiliency and hope among the agencies that work tirelessly to support those in need. The manner in which Winnipeg’s community responded to increasing levels of homelessness over the last decade forms the basis of the analysis presented in this report. In particular, the objective is to examine the At Home/Chez Soi (AHCS) project and how a number...

JOURNAL NAME: Canadian Journal of Community Health
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

This study explored the experiences of persons experiencing chronic homelessness with and without rent assistance. Qualitative interviews were conducted with 12 participants in order to determine if and how rent assistance impacted participants’ narratives of recovery. These narrative interviews, along with a focus group conducted with 10 support workers, explored implementation factors impacting recovery narratives. The findings suggest that...

RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

Game Changers are the larger actions, made up of smaller ones spread across the community, that will have the net result of essential and radical change for those experiencing poverty. The Game Changers are:

1. Eliminate Racism

2. Livable Incomes

3. Affordable Housing

4. Accessible & Affordable Transit

5. Affordable & Quality Child Care

6. Access to Mental Health Services & Addictions...

RESOURCE TYPE: Homeless Count
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

The methodology for the 2018 Youth Homeless Count differed from a traditional Point-in-Time (PiT) homeless count approach by carrying out data collection over the course of nine days, rather than 24 hours. This new method was designed to provide more opportunities to make contact with youth experiencing homelessness across the region. The focus of data analysis for the 2018 count was to explore the different circumstances of youth...

ORGANIZATION: The Nelson Committee on Homelessness
RESOURCE TYPE: Report Card
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

This 10th Annual Report Card on Homelessness for Nelson (JUNE 2018) will bring the reader a better understanding of those who are homeless and at risk of homelessness, what contributes to homelessness in our community and what we can and are doing about it. It is designed to both encourage questions and inform solutions.

JOURNAL NAME: Demography Journal
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

Homelessness in the United States is often examined using cross-sectional, point-in-time samples. Any experience of homelessness is a risk factor for adverse outcomes, so it is also useful to understand the incidence of homelessness over longer periods. We estimate the lifetime prevalence of homelessness among members of the Baby Boom cohort (n = 6,545) using the 2012 and 2014 waves of the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), a...

ORGANIZATION: Children First Canada 
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

The purpose of this brief report is to paint a high-level picture of children in Canada, and their health and wellbeing, using readily available, reputable sources of data. We begin by describing the current population of children across Canada and trends over time. Do we have more or fewer children in Canada now compared to the past? What about the future? Which parts of the country do they live in? The report then turns to the health and...

RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018
2018 has seen a significant amount of change and investment in social, non-profit, and affordable housing across the country. In the context of a dynamic and changing housing policy framework across the country, this report examines the commitments made by provinces and territories in their respective 2018-2019 budgets and highlights recent housing announcements and initiatives underway within specific provinces and territories. Although it is...
RESOURCE TYPE: Homeless Count
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

As the following report by Urban Matters documents, the City of Vancouver’s 2018 point-in-time homeless count found 2,181 people homeless in Vancouver on March 14, 2018, with 1,522 people sheltered and 659 on the street. While the total number represents only a 2% increase from last year, it is nonetheless the highest number since the first regional homeless count in 2005, signaling a continuing and growing concern about the welfare of...

RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

This is the second report arising from the Indigenous Homelessness Needs Assessment and Knowledge Sharing Project (the project) led by Halton Community Legal Services (HCLS). We conducted interviews with 12 people who selfidentified as Indigenous and were experiencing, or had experienced, homelessness in Halton Region. This report documents these interviews to help address the knowledge gap around the needs of the low-income Indigenous...

RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

Short-term host homes are an intervention for youth who are currently experiencing homelessness for any variety of reasons, including but not limited to family conflict, poverty, gender identity and sexual orientation. The goal of short-term host homes is to provide a safe, temporary, welcoming space for up to six months where the young person has time to repair their relationships with self-identified family or make decisions about other...

RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

In September 2018, the Government of British Columbia announced a new provincial budget which includes a comprehensive housing plan and record levels of capital investment. This housing plan, called Homes for B.C., aims to make affordable housing more accessible and allocates funding to address homelessness across the province.

JOURNAL NAME: Journal of Children and Poverty
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

Emergency homeless shelters can be stressful environments for families. They can be associated with emotional distress and feelings of restriction for parents, and with behavioural, social, and developmental challenges for children. However, little is known about the experiences of accompanied youth residing in shelter with their families, as the literature about this age group's experiences of homelessness has mainly focused on unaccompanied...

RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

Indigenous Housing Caucus Day takes place annually in conjunction with the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association's annual Congress on Housing and Homelessness. Caucus Day 2018 centered on coming together and having a national voice to assist in highlighting priorities for the forthcoming federally-supported Indigenous Housing Strategies. Delegates traveled from across the country, coming from diverse backgrounds and brought a wealth of...

ORGANIZATION: The City of West Kelowna, Westbank First Nation
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

On Monday July 23rd, 2018, the City of West Kelowna and Westbank First Nation coordinated with community agencies and volunteers to conduct the Westside’s first-ever Point-in-Time (PiT) Homeless Count.

The 2018 Point-in-Time Count is a significant step towards better understanding homelessness on the Westside. It provides valuable information about the individuals experiencing or struggling with homelessness in the community.

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ORGANIZATION: Canadian Observatory on Homelessness, A Way Home Canada, and MaRS Centre for Impact Investing
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

Making the Shift (MtS) is a multi-year, multi-phase project, with many moving parts. But it is more than that; Making the Shift is a reimagining of our response to youth homelessness through social innovation in order to ensure the best possible outcomes for young people. Making the Shift is a partnership between A Way Home Canada (AWHC) and the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness (COH) with the support of MaRS Centre for Impact Investing (...

ORGANIZATION: MaRS Centre for Impact Investing
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

The response to homelessness is growing more sophisticated. Communities are recognizing that homeless youth differ from homeless adults and are beginning to reshape their services to reflect that fact. Many are seeking an end to homelessness rather than just mitigation of its harm. Some are collecting data and managing performance. The most advanced communities are pushing for a funding regime that respects their expertise.

The...

ORGANIZATION: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Manitoba 
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

In the context of a severe housing shortage facing low-income renters in Winnipeg and across Canada, WestEnd Commons is an innovative project that includes a 26-unit social and affordable housing complex in a low-income neighbourhood in Winnipeg’s inner city. This three-year case study explores how WestEnd Commons has influenced the lives of the residents, and what lessons can be learned from this particular model. It is clear that WestEnd...

JOURNAL NAME: Journal of Public Health 
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

This study was designed to address the need for more detailed information about Indigenous homeless youth, a group overrepresented in the homeless population, using a national-level data set. Overall, such findings reinforce calls for Indigenous-specific interventions for these populations—including policy-driven prevention initiatives to address the legacy of colonization.

ORGANIZATION: The Nanaimo Homeless Coalition
RESOURCE TYPE: Homeless Count
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

The nationally coordinated 2018 PiT Count was funded through the Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) and involved the collaboration of over 60 HPS-funded communities across Canada. The Nanaimo Homelessness Coalition, Nanaimo Region John Howard Society (NRJHS), and United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island (UWCNVI) organized the second consecutive HPS PiT Count in Nanaimo. The count was held on April 18th, 2018.

The Nanaimo...

JOURNAL NAME: Children and Youth Services Review 
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

Arts-based programming has increasingly been offered to youth experiencing homelessness in various service settings, often grounded in the belief that this type of programming can promote mental wellness and recovery, social inclusion, and life skills. Despite the ubiquity of such programs, there is limited research on the impacts and value of arts creation for youth who are homeless. Drawing on 23 in-depth interviews with youth experiencing...

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