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JOURNAL NAME: Rivista di Psichiatria
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017
Introduction

Links between Bipolar Disorder (BD) and medical conditions are increasingly reported. Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a prevalent medical condition found in homeless populations.

Aim

This paper examines the correlation between the presence of BD and TBI, comparing homeless affected by Bipolar Disorder, Unipolar Depression (UD) and Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorder (SSD), controlled for other TBI risk factors such as age,...

JOURNAL NAME: International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017


Objective

This study compares the effect of Housing First on older (≥50 years old) and younger (18–49 years old) homeless adults with mental illness participating in At Home/Chez Soi, a 24-month multisite randomized controlled trial of Housing First.


Method

At Home/Chez Soi, participants (n = 2148) were randomized to receive rent supplements with intensive case management or assertive community treatment, based on...

JOURNAL NAME: Community Mental Health Journal
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Homeless youth have high rates of substance use and often lack connection to social services. Outreach is critical for connecting youth to services, but factors influencing their outreach engagement are unknown. This study examined predictors of meetings with outreach workers among 79 non-service connected, substance using homeless youth between 14 and 24 years of age. Results provide direction to service providers in that older age, higher...

JOURNAL NAME: International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

The Coordinated Access to Care for Homeless People (CATCH) program is a brief multidisciplinary case management intervention for homeless adults discharged from hospital in Toronto, Canada. Here we describe the rationale for CATCH program development, details of the mixed methods evaluation underway, and the characteristics of 225 CATCH service users. Funded in 2010 by the local health authority, CATCH aimed to improve access, continuity of...

JOURNAL NAME: Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Homeless young adults ages 18–25 exhibit high rates of alcohol and other drug (AOD) use, and sexual risk behaviors such as unprotected sex. Yet few programs exist for this population that are both effective and can be easily incorporated into settings serving this population. This pilot cluster cross-over randomized controlled trial evaluates AWARE, a voluntary four session group-based motivational interviewing (MI) intervention to reduce AOD...

ORGANIZATION: University of Calgary School of Public Policy (SPP), Canadian Observatory on Homelessness (COH), Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness (CAEH)
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

The concept of “ending homelessness” has been central in public policy and service responses in recent years. Just consider the number of plans, strategies, policy directions and funding announcements to end homelessness - not just in Canada, but internationally. However, there is no consistently recognized definition of what an end of homelessness looks like. There is no agreement as to what the indicators and targets should be confirming...

RESOURCE TYPE: Thesis/Dissertation
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

This study attempted to elucidate the meaning of privacy as it occurred in lived experience of fifteen homeless people visiting in a day center in Stockholm and to identify the strategies that they employed to achieve privacy. It adopted qualitative and phenomenological methods, and produced a thematic structure with three key themes. These were; View from the street experienced as difficulty to achieve and perceive privacy from the context...

RESOURCE TYPE: Thesis/Dissertation
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

 Without interventions to address homelessness among youth, the risk of homelessness for future generations is great. As a result, the federal government has invested in funding Transitional Living Programs (TLPs), though it is not clear whether these programs have achieved the intended outcomes of helping youth transition from homelessness to being able to sustain employment and avoid poverty through access to educational and workforce...

JOURNAL NAME: The International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017
BACKGROUND:

Tuberculosis (TB) is a major concern among high-risk populations such as the homeless.

OBJECTIVES:

To evaluate TB incidence and treatment outcomes among homeless patients in Portugal and to identify predictors of unsuccessful TB treatment outcomes among the homeless.

DESIGN:

This was a retrospective cohort study of all TB patients notified in Portugal from 2008 to 2014. Characteristics of homeless TB patients were...

ORGANIZATION: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI)
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

This report is one of three reports which form part of an AHURI Inquiry into the funding and delivery of programs to reduce homelessness. It provides evidence from case studies of homelessness services into how services supporting those experiencing homelessness are funded, and how different forms of funding and the level of funding affects the delivery of homelessness assistance. These case studies allowed for more in-depth examination of...

ORGANIZATION: National Health Care for the Homeless Council
RESOURCE TYPE: Conference/Presentation
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

According to Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority (LAHSA) “The 2016 Greater Los Angeles County found 28,464 homeless persons in the city of Los Angeles, an increase of almost 11% over 2015.” In an effort to take action on the homeless issue in LA County, there has been a coordinated effort among homeless service providers through the Coordinated Entry System (CES) Collaborative. Efforts include wrapping services around the individuals to...

ORGANIZATION: National Health Care for the Homeless Council
RESOURCE TYPE: Conference/Presentation
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Homeless formerly incarcerated women are a marginalized and underserved population that require a multi-disciplinary intervention to address their unique health needs. However, integrated community-based healthcare programs for this population are lacking. Without appropriate intervention, this population is at a heightened risk for chronic homelessness, poor health outcomes, and rearrests. This workshop will identify their needs, will...

RESOURCE TYPE: Blog
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Where we live can have a huge influence on our social and economic wellbeing – but what happens when that housing is precarious? In new research, Geraldine Palmer examines housing dispersal strategies – historically used to improve the quality of life for public housing residents – by nonprofit providers to address homelessness. She finds that the built environment (in the form of specific buildings) is key in determining social and economic...

RESOURCE TYPE: Book/E-Book Chapter
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

In a short-term, longitudinal study of children’s adaptation within the context of homelessness, 19 children (ages 8–11 years) and their parents participated while residing in emergency housing for families. The study had three goals: (1) examine mental health symptoms in children and parents at an initial point in time (T1), and again 1 month later (T2) to assess rates and change over time; (2) compare symptoms of children’s traumatic stress...

ORGANIZATION: National Health Care for the Homeless Council
RESOURCE TYPE: Conference/Presentation
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

We will present research findings on access to health care, use of the Emergency Department, and housing outcomes in older homeless adults.  The presentation will present findings from the HOPE HOME Study, the only longitudinal study of older homeless adults.  We will explore, for older homeless adults 1) changes in access to care after Medicaid expansion; 2) reasons for use of the ED , with a focus towards examining potential ways that...

ORGANIZATION: Canadian Observatory on Homelessness
RESOURCE TYPE: Toolkit
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

We are in the process of revising the Point-in-Time Count Toolkit to support the 2018 Coordinated Count. The toolkit, available in a printable PDF will be available mid April 2017. The updated toolkit will include new resources such as:

An integrated youth count methodology; Additional PiT Count survey questions;...
ORGANIZATION: Gay and Lesbian Foundation of Australia (GALFA)
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

The pervasiveness of homelessness, both in Australia and abroad, has led to concerted efforts to understand its causes and to develop effective policies and programs that provide short and long-term supportive housing solutions to rebuild lives. Existing research feeding into policy priorities has identified a number of sub-groups that need to be targeted, including Indigenous Australians, young and older homeless Australians, and persons...

ORGANIZATION: Eva's Initiatives
RESOURCE TYPE: Toolkit
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

The Family Reconnect Toolkit has been developed for groups and communities across the country interested in exploring family intervention methods in responding to homeless and atrisk youth. The Toolkit is based on Eva’s Family Reconnect Program and was created to inform program development and broad community responses.

Working in partnership with youth, families and community, the Family Reconnect Program is a leader in ensuring that...

ORGANIZATION: The Passage
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Modern slavery is a crime that affects thousands of people in the United Kingdom and millions around the world. It is an injustice that exploits the most vulnerable in society, and anecdotal evidence from the homelessness sector suggests that homeless people and rough sleepers are being targeted by trackers. As there is currently no national database or recording mechanism for this phenomenon, and despite the best efforts of organisations...

RESOURCE TYPE: Book
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

This brief highlights several of the most pressing challenges in addressing the needs of families who are experiencing homelessness and presents a set of strong policy recommendations for assessment, intervention, research, and service delivery related to homeless children and their parents.  Chapters increase awareness of the mental health, educational, and developmental challenges faced by these children and their parents. In addition,...

RESOURCE TYPE: Blog
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

Where we live can have a huge influence on our social and economic wellbeing – but what happens when that housing is precarious? In new research, Geraldine Palmer examines housing dispersal strategies – historically used to improve the quality of life for public housing residents – by nonprofit providers to address homelessness. She finds that the built environment (in the form of specific buildings) is key in determining social and economic...

RESOURCE TYPE: Book/E-Book Chapter
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Chapter 3 focuses on how ideas about gender and homelessness impact on homelessness policies, services and the situation of homeless women in Europe. The power of culturally specific definitions and images of homelessness is significant. Access to homelessness services and chances of women exiting homelessness appear to be conditional upon the perceived conduct of women in many European countries. The design and organization of services for...

RESOURCE TYPE: Book/E-Book Chapter
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Chapter 7 examines the health of homeless women, which is an under-researched topic in most European countries. It presents an overview of the available European research evidence on the health of homeless women and the factors that influence homeless women’s access to health services in different national health care and welfare systems. Although the knowledge base is patchy, thus limiting the extent to which comparisons can be made between...

RESOURCE TYPE: Book/E-Book Chapter
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Efforts to support positive parenting among homeless families are critical for promoting the mental health and developmental needs of children exposed to homelessness. Psychosocial preventive interventions seeking to improve parenting practices and child outcomes can make an important contribution in this regard, yet further research is needed to investigate the effects of such programs. In particular, little is known about which subgroups...

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

Laws restricting the behaviors of homeless people in public places are proliferating. Proponents argue that such “quality of life” laws will encourage homeless people to move off the streets and into services, and thereby improve their quality of life. Critics argue that these laws target vulnerable individuals and show little evidence of improving the lives of homeless people. To inform this debate, this article reports data from two...

JOURNAL NAME: Community Mental Health Journal
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

The homeless population has complex needs. Peers with experience of homelessness offer unique perspectives in supporting those experiencing homelessness. Peer support fostered and developed by professional organisations, termed intentional peer support (IPS), formalises this process. This review aims to assess the effectiveness of IPS as an intervention with young adults and adult homeless persons (including streetdwelling and those within...

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

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) screening has taken on new importance as a result of updated guidelines and new curative therapies. Relatively few studies have assessed HCV infection in homeless populations, and a minority include women. We assessed prevalence and correlates of HCV exposure in a cohort of homeless and unstably housed women in San Francisco, and estimated the proportion undiagnosed.

Methods...
JOURNAL NAME: Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Organizations for runaway and homeless youth (RHY) provide essential services to highly vulnerable youth who have a wide variety of basic needs and complex psychosocial challenges. We present a mixed-methods case study of an RHY organization to identify the specific mechanisms and processes by the organization successfully promotes engagement and positive development of the youth they serve. We analyzed qualitative and quantitative data...

RESOURCE TYPE: Book/E-Book Chapter
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

This is the story of an organization called Iswar Sankalpa, working with homeless persons with mental illness in the streets of Kolkata, a large metropolitan city in India. The write-up is in different sections. After discussing the issues of homeless persons with mental illness in general and describing briefly the current relevant situation in the city in the introduction, we go on to describe the birth of the organization, the ideas and...

JOURNAL NAME: Northwestern Journal of Law & Social Policy
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Over the years, the rate of youth homelessness in America has steadily risen, prompting the creation and subsequent revision of corrective policies. One such policy is the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act of 1974. The Act is not a cure-all for homelessness, but it does provide services and programs specifically designed to aid homeless youth. It has had some success, but not all homeless youth benefit from it equally.

Obviously, the...

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