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ORGANIZATION: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

New analysis of data from HUD's Family Options Study shows that twenty months after staying in an emergency shelter with their families, young children scored worse in pre-reading skills and had higher rates of overall behavior problems and early development delays compared to national norms for children their age. However, they displayed only small disadvantages in pre-math skills, and for some types of behavioral challenges their rates were...

JOURNAL NAME: Disability and Health Journal
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017
Abstract Background

Many dynamics in the relationship among military service-related disabilities, health care benefits, mental health disorders, and post-deployment homelessness among US Veterans are not well understood.

Objectives

Determine whether Veterans with a disability-related discharge from military service are at higher risk for homelessness, whether Veterans Health Administration (VHA) service-connected disability benefits...

JOURNAL NAME: GeoJournal
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Based on a Danish case study of urban renewal in Copenhagen’s Sundholm District, this paper examines, (a) how present urban regeneration efforts in a historically welfare-driven, but increasingly neoliberalized state context, is contributing to more or less spatial exclusion of the homeless, and (b) to what extent this may be associated with a revanchist/punitive stance of the Danish state. Using an urban political ecological lens, this paper...

RESOURCE TYPE: Thesis/Dissertation
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Homelessness is a major social problem in the United States and this nation has the largest number of homeless women. Minority women appear to be more affected than other individuals. Specifically, they are more vulnerable, impoverished, and disenfranchised than all other groups in the nation. These factors affect their emotional well-being and ability to move toward and achieve sustainability. Particularly, AfricanAmerican women are...

JOURNAL NAME: Journal of Research in Health Sciences
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017
Background:

Homeless people are at a higher risk of blood-born infectious diseases. The aim of this study was to estimate the prevalence of HIV, HBV, HCV and related risk factors among male homeless people. Study design: A cross-sectional study.

Methods:

This study was conducted in Khorramabad City, western Iran from January to June 2015. A pre-designed validated questionnaire was used to collect the data on behavioral and other...

JOURNAL NAME: Implementation Science
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017
Background:

Incorporating evidence-based integrated treatment for dual disorders into typical care settings has been challenging, especially among those serving Veterans who are homeless. This paper presents an evaluation of an effort to incorporate an evidence-based, dual disorder treatment called Maintaining Independence and Sobriety Through Systems Integration, Outreach, and Networking—Veterans Edition (MISSION-Vet) into case management...

JOURNAL NAME: Melbourne Institute Working Paper No. 7/17
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

This paper reviews international evidence regarding women’s homelessness. It discusses different definitions of homelessness and how women are frequently part of the “hidden homeless” population and less a part of the unsheltered homeless population. It also considers the data that are used to enumerate and study homeless people. The structural, personal, and random causes of homelessness are discussed, with evidence pointing to highly...

RESOURCE TYPE: Thesis/Dissertation
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

In the field of social services, practitioners work with homeless clients to help them exit homelessness. Due to the uniqueness of each client and the dynamic nature of their environment, practitioners must choose from a variety of theories and techniques to perform the required tasks. A major obstacle in automating these tasks is the lack of high-fidelity models that emulate client behaviour. The purpose of this paper is to identify the...

RESOURCE TYPE: E-book
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Author K.D. Sanders is also a drummer who was raised in the Florida Keys. After graduating high school in 1987, he had dreams of becoming a rock star drummer. After a failed attempt in the South Florida area, he moved to San Francisco to live with his older brother. While there, he played in several bands but none brought him closer to rock stardom. One of the bands he was playing drums, decided to move to Los Angeles for a better chance of "...

ORGANIZATION: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute Limited
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

This study investigated the role housing assistance (e.g. rent assistance or social housing), housing wealth and home ownership mortgages have on individuals’ incentive to work or on other employment decisions. The study also explores whether intergenerational wealth transfers (as bequests or parental cash transfers), which are typically financed (directly or indirectly) through housing wealth, lower work effort and participation in skills...

RESOURCE TYPE: Book/E-Book Chapter
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

On January 5, 2015, Mayor Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans announced that his city had ended veteran homelessness. According to the press announcement, not a single veteran remained among the city’s homeless population. A year earlier, the city and its federal and community partners had generated a list of the nearly 200 homeless veterans in New Orleans and laid out a plan to house them one by one through a variety of programs. The news of this...

ORGANIZATION: Sydney Women’s Homeless Alliance
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017
Executive summary

The Older Women’s Studio Development Project was born out of concerns raised by the Single Women’s Homeless Alliance (SWHA) about the use of boarding houses to house older women, and the lack of evidence about the appropriateness of studio accommodation or new generation boarding houses for older women. SWHA established a specific working group to focus on this issue with representatives from Homelessness NSW, the Haymarket...

ORGANIZATION: NYC Government
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Today, we face a new kind of homelessness that is driven by years of wages not keeping up with the cost of housing in New York City. Today, 70 percent of shelter residents are families. They are the invisible majority of our homeless crisis. For decades, the City has not done enough both these New Yorkers and the communities where they are sheltered. This detailed report outlines how to turn the tide on this crisis, neighborhood by...

ORGANIZATION: The National Low Income Housing Coalition
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Federal investments in affordable housing have lifted millions of families out of poverty. Without these investments, many of these families would be homeless, living in substandard or overcrowded conditions, or struggling to meet other basic needs because too much of their limited income would go to paying rent. Despite their proven track record, HUD and USDA affordable housing programs have been chronically underfunded. Today, of the...

ORGANIZATION: Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ)
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

A young person’s involvement with the justice system can increase their likelihood of later experiencing homelessness for many reasons, including the fact that educational disruptions and juvenile delinquency records can make it harder to obtain employment. Youth experiencing homelessness may also be swept into the juvenile justice system through laws that prohibit simply being in public spaces, such as juvenile curfews, or anti-sitting or...

ORGANIZATION: Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Throughout their traditional homelands, Inuit face an acute housing crisis which threatens their health and safety. This persistent and growing housing shortage has been characterized as one of the most significant public health emergencies in this country. Severe overcrowding, substandard homes, and a lack of affordable and suitable housing options has left many Inuit families one step away from homelessness; an unsettling reality in one of...

JOURNAL NAME: Pain Medicine
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017
Objective

Chronic pain is an important public health issue. However, characteristics and needs of marginalized populations have received limited attention. Studies on prevalence and correlates of chronic pain among homeless persons are lacking. We assessed chronic pain among homeless persons with mental illness in the At Home/Chez Soi study.

Design

Cross-sectional data from a randomized controlled trial on homelessness and mental...

JOURNAL NAME: Journal of Affective Disorders
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2015
Background:

Homeless individuals are an extremely vulnerable and underserved population characterized by overlapping problems of mental illness and substance use. Given the fact that mood disorders are frequently associated with substance use disorders, we wanted to further highlight the role of excitement in substance abuse. Patterns of substance abuse among homeless suffering from unipolar and bipolar depression were compared. The “self-...

JOURNAL NAME: Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016
Objectives:

The developing literature on supported employment for people who have a mental illness and recent history of homelessness has yet to explore the relationship between clients and their employment specialists. The objective of the present article is to explore and understand the way in which service users experience supported employment services and how these experiences differ from those receiving usual services.

Method:

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JOURNAL NAME: BMJ Open
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2014
Objectives:

This study draws on baseline data from the At Home/Chez Soi demonstration project to examine the association between parenting status and mental health among homeless women and whether the association varies by duration of homelessness. Setting: Structured interviews were conducted with participants in five cities across Canada including Moncton, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Winnipeg.

Participants:

Eligibility criteria...

JOURNAL NAME: International Journal of Law and Psychiatry
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016
Objectives:

This study aims to examine the rates of self-reported contacts with the criminal justice system among homeless adults with mental illness, to identify the characteristics of participants who have had contacts with the criminal justice system, to report the dimensional structure of criminal justice system involvement in this sample, and to identify typologies of justice-involved participants.

Methods:

Self-report data on...

JOURNAL NAME: Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2014

This paper describes the implementation of Housing First in a small Canadian city. Given that the majority of Housing First research has been conducted in large American cities, providing a Canadian context in a small city contributes significant insights for similarly sized areas. The main objectives were to determine the adaptations made to the Housing First model and the contextual realities that affected implementation. Data were...

JOURNAL NAME: Mental Health Review Journal
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2012
Purpose: This paper aims to examine the progress of the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) over the first five years of its existence toward stated goals while existing outside the constitutional framework of health care funding. Design/methodology/approach: The paper is a review of the outputs of the MHCC with emphasis on its first-ever mental health strategy for Canada, knowledge exchange network, anti-stigma initiatives, randomized...
ORGANIZATION: American Public Health Association
RESOURCE TYPE: Conference/Presentation
PUBLICATION DATE: 2013
Objective:  The At Home/Chez Soi randomized controlled trial examines the effectiveness of a less resource-intensive Housing First intervention using Intensive Case Management (HF-ICM) for homeless individuals with mental illness and moderate levels of unmet mental health needs.  Method:  Homeless individuals with mental illness (N=1198) in four Canadian cities (Vancouver, Winnipeg, Toronto and Montreal) were randomized to HF-ICM or treatment-...
JOURNAL NAME: Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2014

The At Home / Chez Soi project, funded by Health Canada through the Mental Health Commission of Canada, involves evaluating the implementation and effectiveness of the Housing First (HF) approach, a complex community-based intervention that addresses homelessness in people with severe and persistent mental illness. This paper examines the perspectives of community partners on the implementation of HF in Moncton, New Brunswick. Engagement...

ORGANIZATION: The Institute of Urban Studies In-Brief Series
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2010

The Lived Experience Circle (LEC) was formed in 2010 as an advisory group to the Winnipeg site of the At Home/Chez Soi study. At Home/Chez Soi is a study on homelessness and mental illness, and is the largest of its kind ever undertaken world-wide. In 2009 the Federal government allocated $110 million to the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), to conduct this fiveyear study on mentally ill homeless persons in five cities in Canada:...

JOURNAL NAME: Intersectionalities: A Global Journal of Social Work Analysis, Research, Polity, and Practice
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2015

The Mental Health Commission of Canada’s At Home/Chez Soi project has taken a housing-first approach, providing approximately half of the project participants with housing as well as services that are tailored to meet their needs, while the other half have access to the regular supports that are available in their community. At Home/Chez Soi worked specifically with people with experiences of homelessness and mental health. The People With...

JOURNAL NAME: Housing Studies
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Existing research demonstrates that mean health care costs incurred by those experiencing homelessness are high. However, high mean health care costs mask the fact that a sizeable number of people experiencing homelessness incur low costs and that very high costs are driven by a minority of the homeless population. This paper examines health care costs estimated from two Australian surveys of those experiencing homelessness undertaken by the...

RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Objective

The median age of single homeless adults is over 50, yet little is known about their emergency department ( ED ) use. We describe use of and factors associated with ED use in a sample of homeless adults 50 and older.

Methods

We recruited 350 participants who were homeless and 50 or older in Oakland, California. We interviewed participants about residential history in the prior 6 months, health status, health‐...

JOURNAL NAME: Journal of Urban Affairs
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

This study investigates how homeless people in downtown Atlanta access and use cell phones, internet, and email. The findings include the following: (1) over 60% of homeless people in this study owned a cell phone, used the internet, or had email access; (2) number of times homelessness was related to cell phone ownership and frequency of use; (3) age group was related to computer knowledge, internet frequency, and having an email account;...

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