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RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Picture a responsive, adaptive, Homeless-Serving System of Care, where all of us have a part to play in helping people find their way home. In this picture, all people in the system, including agency staff, government representatives and mainstream partners understand where they fit, as part of something bigger. The System Planning Framework’s purpose is to guide the painting of this picture. A strategic and inclusive system that meets the...

RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Although public housing is often described as a negative and stigmatized environment, tenants living in such an environment can cultivate a positive sense of community, which enhances their individual and collective well-being. The present study describes the second phase of an action research, aiming to facilitate the empowerment of public housing tenants acting as peer-researchers. Following a Photovoice phase, this second phase focuses on...

RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017
Abstract Background

Homeless veterans often have multiple health care and psychosocial needs, including assistance with access to housing and health care, as well as support for ongoing treatment engagement. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) developed specialized Homeless Patient Alignment Care Teams (HPACT) with the goal...

JOURNAL NAME: Journal of Primary Care & Community Health
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017
Abstract

Objectives: Homeless adults have low primary care engagement and high emergency department (ED) utilization. Homeless-tailored, patient-centered medical homes (PCMH) decrease this population’s acute care use. We studied the feasibility (focused on patient recruitment) and acceptability (conceptualized as clinicians’ attitudes/beliefs) of a pilot...

RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017
Objective:

This study was designed to provide a representative description of the mental health of youth accessing homelessness services in Canada. It is the most extensive survey in this area to date and is intended to inform the development of mental health and addiction service and policy for this marginalized population.

Methods:

This study reports mental health–related data from the 2015 “Leaving Home” national youth...

RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

This study aimed to survey the range of skin disorders diagnosed at a San Francisco clinic based in a temporary homeless shelter. We retrospectively reviewed 254 charts documenting encounters from 2011-2015 and collected demographic and historical data, along with skin disease morphology and location, clinical diagnosis, and recommended therapies. Of 254 charts reviewed, 136 (53.3%) recorded a dermatologic complaint. Diagnostic categories...

ORGANIZATION: BC Housing, by Pathways PtH Housing First, Inc. and the Centre for Research on Educational and Community Services, University of Ottawa
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017
BACKGROUND

This report is prepared for BC Housing as part of the evaluation of the Vulnerability Assessment Tool (VAT). The VAT was created by the Downtown Emergency Service Centre in Seattle, Washington, to objectively determine the vulnerability of their clients to continued housing instability. The VAT involves a structured interview to assess an individual experiencing homelessness or marginal...

JOURNAL NAME: The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

This study was designed to provide a representative description of the mental health of youth accessing homelessness services in Canada.

It is the most extensive survey in this area to date and is intended to inform the development of mental health and addiction service and policy for this marginalized population.

ORGANIZATION: Alliance to End Homelessness Ottawa
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Each year, the Alliance’s Progress Report on Ending Homelessness in Ottawa takes stock – assessing movement towards our goals.

With the adoption of Ottawa’s Ten-Year Housing and Homelessness Plan in 2013, we committed to ending chronic homelessness by 2024.

Emboldened by provincial commitments and the emergence of a National Housing Strategy, we have reason to be hopeful.

In reviewing 2016, we are reminded that priorities...

RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Abstract
Objective: Community colleges are gateways of access to higher education for
many underrepresented students. One group that has received little attention in
the community college research literature is homeless youth. The objective of this
research is to address the following research questions: (a) What might be learned from
the narratives of homeless youth and their experiences in postsecondary...

RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017
Abstract Objectives

This study aimed to explore behavioural determinants of homeless patients' adherence to prescribed medicines...

RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

The purpose of this research case study was to examine a post-secondary pilot program that provides education to select New York City homeless adults at a private university. In this study, the researcher examined how the Academy program assists homeless and disadvantaged adults to obtain post-graduate employment opportunities through academic preparation and personal development. Utilizing Putnam, Feldstein, & Cohen (2003) theory of...

RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Large differences between the expected and actual energy consumption have been found in energy efficient dwellings. Research has shown that these differences are partially caused by occupant behaviour. The financing and payback periods of low carbon technologies are often uncertain because of the impact of the occupants on building performance. This translates into a reluctance to invest in deep renovation projects. The goal of this design-...

RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Notwithstanding heightened awareness of the issues faced by homeless people, the notion that homelessness is the result of individual failings and weaknesses persists. The paper seeks to challenge that perception by giving voice to this marginalised group and exploring the mechanisms through which they made and remade as homeless. The paper highlights the spatial practices by which stigmatised groups come to be separated from mainstream...

RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

This article highlights the dearth of accurate evidence available to inform the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) regarding the extent and nature of neurocognitive disability amongst homeless Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Without accurate prevalence rates of neurocognitive disability, homeless Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are in danger of not being counted by the NDIS and not receiving supports to...

RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Many homeless people have significant levels of early adverse experiences and consequent mental health difficulties. This study examines the experiences of residents and staff living and working in a Psychologically Informed Environment (PIE), a new model of hostel for homeless people which aims to update and make more flexible the principles of the therapeutic community, thereby meeting the psychological and emotional needs of residents....

JOURNAL NAME: Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Mental health is fundamental to an individual’s health and well-being. Mental health disorders affect a substantial portion of the Australian population, with the most vulnerable time in adolescence and young adulthood. Indigenous Australians fare worse than other Australians on almost every measure of physical and mental health. Cross-sectional data from young adults (21–27 years) participating in the Life Course Program, Northern Territory...

JOURNAL NAME: BMC Public Health
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Drinking water insecurity and related health outcomes often disproportionately impact Indigenous communities internationally. Understanding media coverage of these water-related issues can provide insight into the ways in which public perceptions are shaped, with potential implications for decision-making and action. This study aimed to examine the extent, range, and nature of newspaper coverage of drinking water security in Canadian...

RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

In 1991, thousands of South Sudanese boys walked into Kenya. Having fled war in their own countries, about 20 thousand of these "lost boys" first tried taking refuge in Ethiopia. With no real options to stay, many were killed on their walk back to South Sudan or while attempting to swim the crocodile infested River Gilo, before entering Kenya. Between 7 thousand and 10 thousand were estimated to have made it alive to Kenya at that time, with...

ORGANIZATION: York Region
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2015

As the Region has grown and housing costs have increased, the number of households experiencing homelessness in the Region has also increased. Despite the fact that most homeless residents do not use emergency housing (shelters) there has been a steady increase in households using emergency housing, which has been mitigated by more recent Regional innovation. At the same time, a growing number of households in York Region are at risk of...

ORGANIZATION: Strategies and Partnerships Branch, Community and Health Services Department, the Regional Municipality of York
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2015

This information sheet highlights low income trends in York Region from 2000 to 2012 using Statistics Canada’s Small Area and Administrative Data. This is data generated from income tax returns to provide information on income and some demographic indicators (age and family type) for residents across Canada – including York Region.

ORGANIZATION: York Region
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2014

The Regional Municipality of York partners with the Federal Government along with other municipalities across Canada to collect emergency housing data through the Homelessness Individuals and Families Information System (HIFIS). This information helps to address resident needs and focus current and future resources. This data also contributes to a profile of homelessness in Canada. Data summarized in this fact sheet has been provided by York...

ORGANIZATION: The Regional Municipality of York and United Way Toronto & York Region
RESOURCE TYPE: Homeless Count
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

Safe, affordable, housing is a foundation for people’s well-being. A home gives people the stability and emotional security to live, work and raise their families. This, in turn, builds strong and inclusive neighbourhoods and long-term social and economic growth for the region. Despite an important focus on housing affordability and progress in York Region on homelessness initiatives in recent years, demographic growth, economic trends and a...

RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

This study seeks to identify a shortlist of key mechanisms of policy capacity that can support Canadian public sector organizations to deliver policy and program innovation and excellence in an increasingly complex context. A mixed-methods approach is used in this applied research study to analyze three Canadian public sector case studies’ adoption of innovative initiatives and understand the key aspects of each jurisdiction’s policy capacity...

RESOURCE TYPE: Book
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Faced with growing visibly homeless populations, urban areas have adopted laws and policies targeting the activities poor people do in public spaces. This book provides an easy-to-read and empirically-grounded analysis of how homeless persons experience various policing efforts. The author uses field interviews with homeless adults in a major Canadian city to challenge broken windows policing, anti-panhandling bylaws, informal police...

RESOURCE TYPE: Thesis/Dissertation
PUBLICATION DATE: 2012

This study explores two asset-building approaches that social housing providers in BC could use to help their tenants move out of poverty and become more self-suficient. The two approaches are: the Family Self-Suficiency (FSS) program developed in the United States and a program of Individual Development Accounts (IDAs). These approaches are used widely in the United States and are supported by government funding.

This study addresses...

ORGANIZATION: Canadian Observatory on Homelessness; A Way Home Canada; Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

With the release of Without a Home: The National Youth Homelessness Survey (2016), we now have national data on youth homelessness for the first time in Canada. The mental health findings of this report are startling:

85.4% of homeless youth were experiencing a mental health crisis 42% of homeless youth reported at least one suicide attempt 35.2% of homeless youth reported having at...
ORGANIZATION: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) is urging the federal government to table a budget that makes good on its promises to reduce income inequality and drive inclusive growth.

A strong federal government role in creating affordable housing is vital for multiple reasons. First, low-income households (particularly households relying on social assistance) simply can’t afford the monthly rent required of most types of housing...

ORGANIZATION: Texas Network of Youth Services (TNOYS)
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Texas public school districts identified 113,063 students who experienced homelessness during the 2014-2015 school year (approximately 2% of public school students in the state), including 12,1011 unaccompanied homeless students.11 This is an increase from the number of homeless students identified and reported by Texas school districts in previous years, partially due to improved data collection and reporting methods for homeless students.12...

ORGANIZATION: Urban Institute
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Homelessness not only causes poor outcomes for the families and individuals affected; it is costly to communities, states, and taxpayers. Children experiencing homelessness are particularly vulnerable to negative outcomes, and more likely to become homeless as adults. The homeless population is diverse, and multiple, interacting structural and individual factors may lead to homelessness. Rigorous research suggests that access to affordable...

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