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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 the 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...

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...

JOURNAL NAME: Journal of Interpersonal Violence 
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

Though rates of bullying among general population youth are high, there is elevated prevalence among certain subgroups, in particular sexual minority homeless youth. Enduring bullying can have devastating consequences, including poor mental health, revictimization, and substance abuse. The current study compares risk factors (i.e., sexual orientation, gender, and child abuse) for being bullied both at school and on the street among homeless...

RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

From July 2017 - April 2019, the University of Denver's Burnes Centre on Poverty and Homelessness conducted a comprehensive evaluation of Colorado Village Collaborative's Beloved Community Village. The village is a tenant-led "tiny home" community for people experiencing homelessness.

ORGANIZATION: Coalition for the Homeless
RESOURCE TYPE: Report Card
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018
New York City reached a grim new milestone at the close of 2017: Last December, an average of 63,495 men, women, and children slept in City homeless shelters each night – an all-time record. To put this in context, only nine cities in the entire state of New York have populations larger than New York City’s sheltered homeless population. Three-quarters of New Yorkers sleeping in shelters are members of homeless families, including 23,600...
RESOURCE TYPE: Homeless Count
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018
The 2018 Metro Vancouver Aboriginal Homeless Count (Count) is a 24-hour snapshot of Aboriginal Peoples who were homeless in the Metro Vancouver region on March 14, 2018. It also included people staying overnight in homeless shelters and those using homelessness services on the day of the Count. The purpose of the Aboriginal Homeless Count is to estimate the number of Aboriginal people who are homeless in the Metro Vancouver region, obtain a...
ORGANIZATION: Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

For 24-hours, starting on April 17, 2018, the Yukon Planning Group on Homelessness and the Council of Yukon First Nations conducted its second Point-in-Time Count in Whitehorse, Yukon. This count was part of a broader initiative to measure homelessness across Canada, coordinated by the Government of Canada’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy. More than 60 communities conducted Point-in-Time Counts between March and April 2018.

JOURNAL NAME: Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

Transgender individuals disproportionately experience homelessness and health disparities, including lack of access to gender- affirming care. The student- run Lotus Wellness Center provides care to transgender individuals experiencing homelessness, including primary care, mental health stabilization, and transition via hormone therapy, while medical students learn of the unique health needs of this community.

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: Fact Sheet
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018


The Government of Canada has been focused on growth that benefits Canadians and investments that help develop the middle class and reduce poverty. Every Canadian deserves a real and fair chance to succeed, no matter where they live or where they come from. Since 2015, the Government of Canada has made significant investments for children, seniors, lower-wage workers and other vulnerable Canadians...

JOURNAL NAME: American Journal of Community Psychology
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

The scaling out of Housing First (HF) programs was examined in six Canadian communities, in which a multi-component HF training and technical assistance (TTA) was provided. Three research questions were addressed: (a) What were the outcomes of the TTA in terms of the development of new, sustained, or enhanced programs, and fidelity to the HF model? (b) How did the TTA contribute to implementation and fidelity? and (c) What contextual factors...

ORGANIZATION: Wellesley Institute
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018
In health and social research, individuals and communities are invited to contribute to research by sharing their experiences through interviews, focus groups, and surveys.
Honoraria and incentives are used throughout health and social science research but there is debate about whether and how to compensate research participants. The Tri-Council Policy Statement, which outlines ethical considerations and guidance for research involving...
ORGANIZATION: Wellesley Institute
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018
In health and social research, individuals and communities are invited to contribute to research by sharing their experiences through interviews, focus groups, and surveys. Honoraria and incentives are used throughout health and social science research but there is debate about whether and how to compensate research participants. The Tri-Council Policy Statement, which outlines ethical considerations and guidance for research involving humans...
ORGANIZATION: Wellesley Institute
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018
In health and social research, individuals and communities are invited to contribute to research by sharing their experiences through interviews, focus groups, and surveys. Honoraria and incentives are used throughout health and social science research but there is debate about whether and how to compensate research participants. The Tri-Council Policy Statement, which outlines ethical considerations and guidance for research involving humans...
ORGANIZATION: Chapin Hall
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

In January 2015, the Home Visiting Task Force, a standing committee of the Illinois Early Learning Council, established a Home Visiting-Child Welfare Sub-Committee to design and implement a Home Visiting Pilot Program that would serve pregnant or parenting youth in foster care. The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services contracted with Chapin Hall to conduct an implementation and outcome evaluation of the program. This report...

RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

The 2018 PiT Count is partially funded by the Government of Canada’s HPS. This is the second time that the HPS has provided funding to conduct a nation-wide PiT Count and the first time the City of Kamloops has participated. Through a call for applications issued to the community in September 2017, two coordinators were contracted to coordinate the count—an Indigenous Engagement Coordinator and a Point-in-Time Count Coordinator

RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

The 2018 PiT Count is partially funded by the Government of Canada’s HPS. This is the second time that the HPS has provided funding to conduct a nation-wide PiT Count and the first time the City of Kamloops has participated. Through a call for applications issued to the community in September 2017, two coordinators were contracted to coordinate the count—an Indigenous Engagement Coordinator and a Point-in-Time Count Coordinator

RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

The 2018 PiT Count is partially funded by the Government of Canada’s HPS. This is the second time that the HPS has provided funding to conduct a nation-wide PiT Count and the first time the City of Kamloops has participated. Through a call for applications issued to the community in September 2017, two coordinators were contracted to coordinate the count—an Indigenous Engagement Coordinator and a Point-in-Time Count Coordinator

RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

BC is currently experiencing a public health emergency related to the unprecedented increase in opioid overdoses across the province. Many organizations are assessing whether their staff should carry or stock naloxone in the event employees, clients, or members of the public experience an overdose. This assessment provides tools for decision making including a template, a reporting template, and background information on naloxone...

RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

Draft legislation prepared by legal scholars and civil society experts that offers suggestions on how the right to housing could be incorporated into the proposed National Housing Strategy legislation, consistent with international human rights law, and including mechanisms through which people affected by homelessness and inadequate housing can bring complaints about systemic violations and require the government to respond.

RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

At a press conference in Ottawa on August 14, advocates released an open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau signed by over 170 organizations and prominent Canadians urging the Prime Minister to make good on his commitment to the right to housing by enshrining that right in upcoming National Housing Strategy legislation.

The letter was penned by Amnesty International Canada, Campaign 2000: End Child and Family Poverty in Canada,...

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

We examined the acceptability, feasibility, and implementation of the Tenant Overdose Response Organizers program (TORO)—a tenant-led naloxone training and distribution intervention. This pilot project was implemented in privately owned single room occupancy (SRO) hotels that were disproportionately affected by overdose in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTES) neighborhood. Semi-structured qualitative interviews were conducted with 20 tenants...

RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

Since 2010, Australian homelessness services, largely operating in the inner city areas of Australian cities, have undertaken interviews with over 8,000 people sleeping rough or otherwise homeless in concentrated data collection efforts called Registry Weeks. First implemented by US homelessness services as part of campaigns to end homelessness
in US cities, Registry Weeks aim to develop a register of those who are homeless in areas in...

RESOURCE TYPE: Homeless Count
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018
Missed Opportunities: Counting Youth Experiencing Homelessness in America summarizes key lessons learned from conducting point-in-time counts of youth experiencing homelessness in 22 diverse counties across the United States. Youth counts can provide communities with valuable information about the number and characteristics of youth experiencing homelessness, including information about over-represented groups for whom specialized services might...

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