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ORGANIZATION: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

The OECD have published data on homelessness in 29 member countries, including information on the total number of homeless people in the country, the proportion of the population that is classed as homeless and the year that the data is taken from. Although the data are useful for comparing the data collection methods used in each country, as explained in the report, the data themselves are not easily comparable due to different counting...

RESOURCE TYPE: Thesis/Dissertation
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

The purpose of this descriptive study was to examine the perception of readiness for discharge from a transitional living center of six homeless adult family members with cardiac conditions. Three constructs formed the framework for this study: (a) being homeless, (b) undergoing severe stress, and (c) being ready for discharge. Four data collection instruments used for this study included (a) a 10-item, Self-Perceived Stress Scale to assess...

ORGANIZATION: The Office for Public Management
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

This research study, conducted in late 2016, aimed to develop a deeper understanding of the current and emerging needs of homeless veterans living in Alabaré’s supported housing in England and Wales. Homeless veterans often prefer to live in veteran-only supported housing because of a shared understanding of military culture and the mutual support this provides. A series of in-depth interviews were conducted with residents, to better...

ORGANIZATION: The Boston Foundation
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017
Homeless Assistance for Families in Massachusetts: Trends in Use FY2008-FY2016

On any given night in Massachusetts, more than 13,000 individuals in families experience homelessness, approximately 60% of them children. Living in shelters and hotel/motels disrupts the lives of both adults and children, affects family stability and makes it difficult for families to maintain daily routines and productive lives.

The homeless assistance...

ORGANIZATION: The City of Red Deer
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

On October 19, 2016, The City of Red Deer worked with community partners to conduct the third Point-in- Time Homeless Count. The City of Red Deer coordinates the Homeless Count as part of its work supporting EveryOne’s Home: Red Deer’s 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness. Approximately 300 volunteers and 15 organizations participated in the local count. It was also the second provincially-coordinated Point-in-Time Count with Alberta’s 7 Cities...

ORGANIZATION: Edmonton City Council
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

As the City nears the end of the 10-year period for Edmonton’s plan to end homelessness, in order to enable all partners to recommit their efforts to end homelessness in Edmonton, this report summarizes trends related to homelessness and emphasizes the need for additional permanent supportive housing projects in the city.

Over the past eight years, much progress — employing the Housing First principle — has been made on achieving the...

ORGANIZATION: Brandon Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation (BNRC)
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

With a municipal population of over 53,000, Brandon is Manitoba’s second largest city and is among the fastest growing cities in Manitoba. Between 2006 and 2011, Brandon’s population increased by 10.3%, surpassing the provincial average by more than 5%. Located in the southwest region of Manitoba, Brandon also serves as a significant trading area, providing services to over 180,000 people (Economic Development Brandon, 2016).

The...

JOURNAL NAME: Harm Reduction Journal
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017
Background

This research examines the effectiveness of an Emergency Warming Centre (EWC) in Inuvik, Canada, at reducing rates of morbidity and mortality for homeless persons with concurrent disorders (mental health problems and addictions). Inuvik is a small town of approximately 3500 residents, with over 65% being Aboriginal. The town is situated on the Beaufort Delta in the Western Canadian Arctic and is subject to oil and gas extraction-...

ORGANIZATION: Government of Nunavut, Poverty Reduction Division, Department of Family Services
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2014

A Profile of Homelessness in Nunavut makes an important contribution to unraveling some of this complexity. It builds on the work of earlier studies (such as those conducted by Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., the Nunavut Bureau of Statistics, the Nunavut Housing Corporation, Tester et al., Elliot et al. and Webster—see references in the bibliography section of this document). At the same time, a unique contribution of A Profile of Homelessness in...

ORGANIZATION: Institute for Urban Initiatives on Homelessness and Poverty
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

The 25 Continuums of Care (CoCs) in the United States with the largest numbers of homeless persons are increasingly dedicating permanent supportive housing bedsfor chronically homeless persons, 1 as noted in section 3B-1.2 of their 2016 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program applications submitted for funding to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) last fall. The last row in Table 2 at the very end of this brief reveals that...

JOURNAL NAME: The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2015
Objective:

To provide a review of the extant research literature on Housing First (HF) for people with severe mental illness (SMI) who are homeless and to describe the findings of the recently completed At Home (AH)–Chez soi (CS) demonstration project. HF represents a paradigm shift in the delivery of community mental health services, whereby people with SMI who are homeless are supported through assertive community treatment or intensive...

JOURNAL NAME: Health and Social Care in the Community
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

Planning the implementation of evidence-based mental health services entails commitment to both rigour and community relevance, which entails navigating the challenges of collaboration between professionals and community members in a planning environment which is neither ‘top-down’ nor ‘bottom-up’. This research focused on collaboration among different stakeholders (e.g. researchers, service-providers, persons with lived experience [PWLE]) at...

ORGANIZATION: Swinburne University of Technology
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Many households exposed to unaffordable housing include dependent children and young people. We know remarkably little, however, about the magnitude of this problem, and are only beginning to understand some of the ways these trends affect the childhoods and teen years of Australia’s children and their likely impact on children’s futures. This Report is one of the first of its type in Australia that seeks to chart the nature of housing change...

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

The Hotel Study was initiated in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side (DTES) neighborhood to investigate multimorbidity in homeless or marginally housed people. We evaluated the clinical effectiveness of existing, illness-specific treatment strategies and assessed the effectiveness of health care delivery for multimorbid illnesses.

Method:

For context, we mapped the housing locations of patients presenting for 552,062...

JOURNAL NAME: BMC Psychiatry
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017
Background

Increasing numbers of programs are addressing the specific needs of homeless people with schizophrenia in terms of access to housing, healthcare, basic human rights and other domains. Although quality of life scales are being used to evaluate such programs, few instruments have been validated for people with schizophrenia and none for people with schizophrenia who experience major social problems such as homelessness...

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...

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