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ORGANIZATION: Poverty Roundtable Hastings Prince Edward
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

MOVING FORWARD – Recommendations for Community Action is the outcome of Community Conversations on Poverty in Hastings and Prince Edward counties, in which more than 500 community members came together to talk about poverty - their experience of it, what is working, what isn’t and how to end it. This is the SECOND report in a series of reports informed by the Community Conversations. The rst report LEANING IN – Community...

ORGANIZATION: Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Action Group
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

On behalf of HARSAG, Social Bite (an Edinburgh-based social enterprise with a mission to end homelessness in Scotland, whose co-founder Josh Littlejohn is a member of HARSAG) commissioned Heriot-Watt University’s Institute for Social Policy, Housing and Equalities Research (I-SPHERE) to conduct research mapping the current landscape, with a view to enabling an assessment of the nature of the transformation to...

RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

Objective

Young adults living in single room occupancy (SRO) hotels, a form of low-income housing, are known to have complex health and substance problems compared to their peers in the general population. The objective of this study is to comprehensively describe the mental, physical, and social health profile of young adults living in SROs.

 

Methods

This study reports baseline data from young adults aged 18–29...

RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

Peer supporters are individuals with lived experience and are an integral part of health care systems, providing support to those affected by various phenomena such as homelessness and addictions. However, little is known about the critical elements that underpin peer support interventions. This qualitative study sought to understand the critical elements of intentional peer support with a homeless population, voiced by those who provide and...

RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

The Advisory Committee on Homelessness, chaired by Adam Vaughan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development (Housing and Urban Affairs), was announced in June 2017. Consisting of 13 members from across the country with varied backgrounds, the Committee has worked diligently since the announcement through conference calls, online collaboration, in‑person meetings and attendance at regional roundtables...

RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

As the details of the National Housing Strategy roll out, the Government of Canada continues to make its intentions clear: the forthcoming housing strategy will be rooted in a human rights-based approach. The Canadian Observatory on Homelessness lauds this commitment. 

During this consultation phase, we offer our perspective on how the government can develop, implement and most importantly, guarantee a right to housing. To do so,...

JOURNAL NAME: Justice Quarterly
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018
Abstract

Homeless youth are at an increased risk of police contact—being stopped by police and arrested, yet it is less clear if this interaction is patterned by race. The current study draws on diverse scholarship to examine three possible effects of race on homeless youths’ interaction with police: that non-White homeless youth are more likely (disproportionate minority contact/symbolic assailants), less likely (out-of-place policing) or...

ORGANIZATION: Launch Housing
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

This study provides an independent analysis of homelessness in Australia. It analyses changes in the scale and nature of the problem and investigates the incidence of the many social, economic and policy drivers of homelessness. 

The findings of this study can be summarised in terms of: (1) the changing scope and pattern of homelessness (2) the nature of broader social and economic drivers that condition the risk of homelessness,...
ORGANIZATION: Centrepoint
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

Data collected for the Youth Homelessness Databank provides a clearer picture of the true scale of youth homelessness in the UK.

There is no accurate source of information on the scale of youth homelessness in the UK. In England, while the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG)1 publishes annual statistics on the number of young people accepted as statutorily homeless, this only represents a small proportion of...

ORGANIZATION: British Columbia Coroners Service
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

Adolescence is a time of exciting and intense change. The process of moving from childhood to adulthood can be challenging for young people. For many young people, family continues to provide guidance and support well into early adulthood; however, youth transitioning to adulthood from government care face an additional, simultaneous transition from government support to independence often without similar resources, family support or guidance...

RESOURCE TYPE: Research Summary
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

For newcomers to Canada, obtaining decent and affordable housing in a safe and welcoming neighbourhood is an anchor point for a new start. In addition to fulfilling the elemental need for shelter, it provides a base from which to seek out other key resources such as health-care providers, schools, language training and job counselling. It is also the scaffolding for rebuilding a sense of feeling settled, being “at home.”

JOURNAL NAME: BMC Palliative Care
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018
Background

Homeless people often suffer from complex and chronic comorbidities, have high rates of morbidity and die at much younger ages than the general population. Due to a complex combination of physical, psychosocial and addiction problems at the end of life, they often have limited access to palliative care. Both the homeless and healthcare providers experience a lot of barriers. Therefore, providing palliative care that...

ORGANIZATION: Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

The percentage of renters is increasing in Ontario and across Canada. Renters in Ontario now constitute over 30% of the total population. In the City of Toronto, almost half of all households rent their home. This increase has been largely driven by a growing proportion of renters within the younger generations. Over half of Ontario households between the ages 25 to 34 are renters. This trend may be due to the increasing cost of homeownership...

JOURNAL NAME: Criminal Justice and Behavior
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018
Abstract

Treatment readiness is a key predictor of drug treatment completion, rearrest, and recidivism during community reentry; however, limited data exist among homeless female offenders (HFOs). The purpose of this study was to present baseline data from a randomized controlled trial of 130 HFOs who had been released from jail or prison. Over half (60.8%) of HFOs had a treatment readiness score of ≥40 (n = 79, mean [μ] = 40.2, SD = 8.72...

JOURNAL NAME: Seattle University Homeless Rights Advocacy Project
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018
Abstract

The act of panhandling, commonly known as begging, is a form of speech protected by the United States Constitution. But Washington’s cities are increasingly enacting laws that criminalize begging, despite courts finding these laws unconstitutional under both the First Amendment and the Due Process Clause. This brief surveys begging restrictions, assessing their scope and legality. This report offers the first statewide analysis of...

ORGANIZATION: The Family Service Provider Network
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

FPSN originally developed Promising for Providers Serving Homeless Students in 2010 as a resource for building strong partnerships between family service providers and schools, and this is version II. Promising Practices offers a framework to help providers develop and maintain relationships with key personnel in their children’s schools, provide academic support, lower truancy, and improve parental involvement. Key terms are in bold and...

ORGANIZATION: City of Richmond
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

Housing affordability continues to be a critical issue both regionally and at the local level. Richmond’s Affordable Housing Strategy 2017–2027 has been updated to reflect current and future needs of the community and to align with City and regional planning goals. Central to this update is an understanding of the housing affordability context in Richmond and the needs of existing and future residents so that anticipated policy...

ORGANIZATION: Center for Evidence-based Solutions to Homelessness
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

As our understanding of homelessness has evolved, we have come to recognize chronic homelessness as a relatively small and “solvable” problem that affects, on average, about 10 to 15 percent of people who experience homelessness. This vulnerable population of people with...

ORGANIZATION: The City of Calgary, Affordable Housing Division
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018
Background  In March 2017, The City of Calgary published Housing in Calgary: An Inventory of Housing Supply, 2015/2016, providing comprehensive information on Calgary’s housing supply, covering the entire spectrum of housing in Calgary, from emergency shelter spaces to market homeownership. Through this report, a more complete picture of the entire housing system in Calgary became visible, enabling a broader understanding of housing supply...
ORGANIZATION: Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

Missed Opportunities: Pregnant and Parenting Youth Experiencing Homelessness in America details the unique challenges faced by young people experiencing homelessness who are pregnant or parenting. Our findings suggest that many of the nearly 4.2 million adolescents and young adults in America who experience some type of homelessness during a 12-month period are pregnant or young parents. Many of those young parents are homeless with their...

JOURNAL NAME: The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018
Abstract Objective:

This study examines health and service use outcomes and associated factors among homeless adults participating in a brief interdisciplinary intervention following discharge from hospital.

Method:

Using a pre-post cohort design, 223 homeless adults with mental health needs were enrolled in the Coordinated Access to Care for the Homeless (CATCH) program, a 4- to 6-month interdisciplinary intervention...

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

Housing-led interventions have become recognized as a best practice for addressing homelessness among adults, yet whether and how they apply to transition-age youth (TAY) is less clear. The purpose of the present study is to expand on a burgeoning literature that has provided marginalized TAY an opportunity to voice their perspectives on housing-led program design. The goal of the study it to build on the existing literature that...

JOURNAL NAME: Journal of Marriage and Family
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018
Abstract

Existing research on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth homelessness identifies family rejection as a main pathway into homelessness for the youth. This finding, however, can depict people of color or poor people as more prejudiced than White, middle‐class families. In this 18‐month ethnographic study, the author complicates this rejection paradigm through documenting the narratives of 40 LGBTQ youth...

ORGANIZATION: BC Non-Profit Housing Association & partners
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

Nearly half of Canadian renter households are spending more than the recommended 30 per cent of their income on housing while nearly one in five are spending more than 50 per cent of their income on housing, putting a growing number of families and individuals at a crisis level of spending and at risk of homelessness.

The information comes from the 2018 Canadian Rental Housing Index, a comprehensive database of rental housing...

ORGANIZATION: Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

Missed Opportunities: LGBTQ Youth Homelessness in America highlights research related to the specific experiences of young people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) and face homelessness. We learned that, compared to heterosexual and nontransgender youth, LGBTQ youth are disproportionately represented among the nearly 4.2 million youth and young adults in America who experienced some form of homelessness...

ORGANIZATION: The Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research, University of Pennsylvania
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

The Field Center completed a three-city study as part of a larger initiative by Covenant House International to research human trafficking among homeless youth encompassing nearly 1,000 young people across 13 cities. The Field Center interviewed a total of 270 homeless youth, 100 in Philadelphia, 100 in Phoenix, and 70 in Washington, DC, to learn about the prevalence of human trafficking, and the history of child maltreatment, out of home...

ORGANIZATION: Building Changes
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

Since 2014, Building Changes has tested Diversion as an approach to help families exit homelessness. Our Diversion pilots in King and Pierce counties served a combined 1,898 families. Results drawn from our evaluation of those pilots are highlighted in two publications, titled Homeless to Housed in a Hurry. One publication is an overview of Diversion and the other is a case study of the Pierce County experience. Our data reveals Diversion...

RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

This article argues for the utility of phenomenology in accounting for the manner in which spatial methods yield insights into the everyday lived experiences of young people that are not as easily accessible through more traditional qualitative methods such as interviewing. Spatial methods, defined as methods that focus on the everyday spatial experiences of young people and methods that ask youth to position themselves in space, have been...

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

This article is based on a cross-national qualitative study of homeless and street-involved youth living within Olympic host cities. Synthesizing a Lefebvrian spatial analysis with Debord’s concept of ‘the spectacle’, the article analyses the spatial experiences of homeless young people in Vancouver (host to the 2010 Winter Olympics) and draws some comparisons to London (host to the 2012 Summer Olympics). Tracing encounters with police,...

RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

This paper explores the democratic potential for participatory filmmaking with homeless youth, as well as the constraints and dilemmas associated with this visual method. Theorizing democracy through the work of Hannah Arendt and Pierre Bourdieu, the paper approaches democracy not as an end, but rather as a process that seeks to lessen social injustice. Bourdieu's work helps us appreciate, however, that this process is constrained by...

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