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ORGANIZATION: FEANTSA
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

The goal of this research was to explore whether the recent humanitarian crisis in the EU has had an impact on homelessness services. The study explores the role played by the homelessness sector in providing accommodation and other basic services for three groups:

Asylum applicants (those who have asked for asylum and are waiting to be assessed) Refugees (in this report, this term is used to cover people granted international protection...
JOURNAL NAME: European Journal of Homelessness
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017
RESOURCE TYPE: Book/E-Book Chapter
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Which came first, the chicken or the egg? When analyzing the relationship between poverty and crime, one is faced with similar paradigm. This chapter will bring to light to cyclical nature of poverty as it relates to crime and crime as it relates to poverty. We will also consider some solutions that have been attempted to destigmatize a person whose crime is not violent but is survival or biological.

Is it a crime to be poor? After...

JOURNAL NAME: European Journal of Social Work
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

The purpose of this article is to deepen the understanding of the impact of the social and economic crisis on homeless people in Spain. To this end we present the results of research carried out prior to the crisis and later updated in the midst of the economic recession, underscoring the main results obtained in both periods and tracing their evolution. The number of homeless people in Spain has risen as a result of the crisis. Moreover,...

JOURNAL NAME: Journal of Public Health
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

Background: It is unclear why rates of homelessness claims in England have risen since 2010. We used variations in rates across local authorities to test the impact of economic downturns and budget cuts.

Methods: Using cross-area fixed effects models of data from 323 UK local authorities between 2004 and 2012, we evaluated associations of changes in statutory homelessness rates with economic activity (Gross Value Added per capita),...

JOURNAL NAME: Journal of Gerontological Social Work
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

Homelessness among older people in Canada is both a growing concern, and an emerging field of study. This article reports thematic results of qualitative interviews with 40 people aged 46 to 75, carried out as part of a mixed-methods study of older people who are homeless in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Our participants included people with histories of homelessness (n = 14) and persons new to homelessness in later life (n = 26). Interviews...

JOURNAL NAME: Journal of Urban Health
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

This study examined the association of housing status over time with unmet physical health care needs and emergency department utilization among homeless and vulnerably housed persons in Canada. Homeless and vulnerably housed individuals completed interviewer-administered surveys on housing, unmet physical health care needs, health care utilization, sociodemographic characteristics, substance use, and health conditions at baseline and...

ORGANIZATION: Calgary Recovery Services Task Force
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

In 2015, a committee of representatives from 26 homeless serving agencies, government, and other community stakeholders came together to consider ways of collaboratively responding to the complex healthcare and housing needs of homeless individuals in Calgary. The shared goal of this committee is the improvement of health outcomes and housing supports for the city’s most vulnerable homeless individuals. This report outlines seven key...

ORGANIZATION: Employment and Social Development Canada
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

This report provides a first look at the key findings of the 2016 Coordinated Point-in-Time (PiT) Count. These findings include the basic demographics of participants surveyed, as well as their reported experiences of homelessness, their income sources and their reasons for losing their housing. The results highlighted in this report are based on the surveys conducted across the 32 participating communities. These surveys were done in large...

ORGANIZATION: Community Partners in the Neighbourhood Change Research Partnership: Halifax
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016
Background

Rooming houses, or single room occupancies (SROs), are part of the private rental market in Halifax Regional Municipality. Historically this form of housing was common for both the working class and short-term visitors (Slater, 2004). However, over time, rooming houses have experienced declining numbers, with shifts in market conditions and changing tenant characteristics. Today, rooming houses provide an alternative for those...

ORGANIZATION: University of North Dakota
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016
Abstract

The purpose of this report is to identify changes needed in provincial policy and current gaps in service within the Youth Services Program, the overarching governmental program for youth of Newfoundland and Labrador who are unable to live with their families of origin and/or are without sufficient familial supports. A trauma informed lens is utilized and best and promising practices are reviewed including recent Canadian research...

ORGANIZATION: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Manitoba
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016
Abstract

While it is widely recognized that Aboriginal people are over-represented in the urban homeless population, most research has focused on Aboriginal homelessness in metropolitan areas. Very little attention has been paid to the issue in small northern towns. The small amount of research that has been done on the topic suggests that there are also challenges associated with Aboriginal homelessness in more remote urban areas, and that...

ORGANIZATION: Mental Health Commission of Canada National Qualitative Research Team for the At Home/Chez Soi Project
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017
Executive Summary

The current research examines the policy impacts of the AHCS project beyond the demonstration project period. Part of a larger study about the sustainability of the services and their long-term impacts, the current report examines AHCS’s wider impact on homelessness policy in Canada. The study describes how efforts to achieve sustainability in a limited sense – that is, to attain transitional funding and secure a “safe...

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

Central to a transformational approach to conflict is the idea that conflicts must be viewed as embedded within broader relational patterns, and social and discursive structures—and must be addressed as such. This implies the need for systemic change at generative levels, in order to create genuine transformation at the level of particular conflicts. Central, also, to this book is the idea that the origins of transformation can be momentary,...

JOURNAL NAME: Parity
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

Evidence continues to pile up from the United States, Canada, Europe, the United Kingdom and Australia that Housing First Programs can end homelessness for people who have been chronically homeless. These programs are not new to Australia. However, they have not been widely funded and where they do exist limited outreach capacity and a lack of dedicated housing stock has constrained their capacity to reduce street homelessness in an...

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

  Three barriers investigators often encounter when conducting longitudinal work with homeless or other marginalized populations are difficulty tracking participants, high rates of no-shows for follow-up interviews, and high rates of loss to follow-up. Recent research has shown that homeless populations have substantial access to information technologies, including mobile devices and computers. These technologies have the potential both to...

JOURNAL NAME: Vibrant: Virtual Brazilian Anthropology
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

Homeless animal protectors are volunteers who rescue, care for and donate abandoned animals for human adoption. They make up networks, organizing themselves into groups or acting autonomously. Interviews with protectors in the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, afford an understanding of the recruitment system in these networks and activities. The collected stories are compared to similar processes observed by other studies of the field,...

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

Safe and affordable housing is critical for any young person’s well-being, and yet many youth are without a reliable place to live. Knowledge of the perceptions of housing programs and shelter among homeless young adults ages 18–24 is very limited. Using qualitative methodology, the present study explores the perceptions of homeless young adults on their experiences as residents of a transitional living program (TLP) by asking the following...

JOURNAL NAME: Journal of Women's Health
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017
Background: 

A patient navigation model was implemented to improve breast and cervical cancer screening among women who were homeless in five shelters and shelter clinics in New York City in 2014.

Materials and Methods: 

Navigation consisted of opt-out screening to eligible women; cancer health and screening education; scheduling and following up for screening completion, obtaining, and communicating results to patients and providers;...

JOURNAL NAME: American Journal of Public Health
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017
Objectives

To examine civil legal needs among people experiencing homelessness and the extent to which medical-legal partnerships exist in homeless service sites, which promote the integration of civil legal aid professionals into health care settings.

Methods

We surveyed a national sample of 48 homeless service sites across 26 states in November 2015. The survey asked about needs, attitudes, and practices related to...

JOURNAL NAME: Children and Youth Services Review
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Runaway and homeless youth (RHY) are young people between 13 and 24 years of age who have run away from or been forced to leave their homes, who reside without parental/guardian supervision in temporary situations, places not intended for habitation, or emergency shelters. Although precise figures are lacking, as many as 2.8 million youth are estimated to be homeless in the U.S. each year. Many of these young...

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

This report provides preliminary population-based estimates of need for housing with support for people with serious mental illness or addiction in Ontario. Various approaches can be taken to estimating need for supportive housing. These include use of administrative or clinical data such as waiting lists, consultations with service provider agencies or experts, application or projection of relevant data from broader populations, and social...

JOURNAL NAME: Children and Youth Services Review
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

In Australia, one in four young people are from a refugee or migrant background. Young people from refugee backgrounds are some of the most vulnerable people in our community and they might reasonably be expected to have different complex needs compared with other young people. Resettlement in Australia may offer refugee young people the chance to reach their full potential. However, the tasks of resettlement...

JOURNAL NAME: Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017
Abstract:

Despite its increasing popularity, little is known about the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model in primary care settings serving homeless populations. Our objective was to understand how patient experience differs between a PCMH demonstration practice designed for homeless people in Massachusetts and other practices participating in the same statewide initiative. The study population included 194 homeless patients and 1,868...

RESOURCE TYPE: Thesis/Dissertation
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017
Abstract

The United States is home to many vulnerable populations including the elderly, disabled, and children. Perhaps the most vulnerable population is the homeless. Whether they became homeless through losing their jobs because of economic hardships, living a life of extreme poverty, or because they have drug addictions and mental instability, homeless people face many economic and legal hardships. They have almost nowhere to go, are...

JOURNAL NAME: Children and Youth Services Review
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

The development of a strong working alliance between homeless young adults and their social workers is seen as a critical component in the recovery process. The purpose of this study was to examine the composition of the working alliance between homeless young adults and their social workers, and its association with self-determination, resilience and quality of life. A sample of 102 homeless young adults and 32 social workers from ten Dutch...

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

Homeless men are highly vulnerable to acquisition of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) compared to the general population. In Brazil, a country of continental dimensions, the extent of HCV infection in this population remains unknown. The objective of this study is to investigate the epidemiological profile of exposure to HCV in homeless men in Central Brazil.

Methods

A Cross-sectional study was...

RESOURCE TYPE: Thesis/Dissertation
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

Community gardens can provide many benefits including increased produce consumption, improved mental health, and increased exercise. However, few studies have been done on how participation in community gardens can impact the homeless and low income populations. This study was done as a qualitative case study on the effectiveness of three community garden programs in Nashville, Tennessee: Poverty and the Arts, The Nashville Food Project, and...

JOURNAL NAME: The European Health Psychologist
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016
Background:

The UK Department of Health strives to provide palliative care at the time of need for everyone, regardless of “wherever the person may be”, “irrespective of social economic deprivation”. This goal has not been reached for homeless people who face numerous multifaceted challenges, including accessing health care. Given the complexities of this population, qualitative research exploring perspectives of homeless people and care...

JOURNAL NAME: Psychiatric Services in Advance
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017
Objective: The study examined the impact of a peer navigator program (PNP) developed by a community-based participatory research team and used with a group of African Americans with serious mental illness who were homeless. Methods:

Sixty-seven research participants were randomly assigned to receive PNP or treatment as usual (control) for one year. Data on general health and mental health, recovery, and quality...

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