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RESOURCE TYPE: Book
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Housing has emerged as a popular and central topic of research, mental health system development, and social and mental health policy in recent years. The field has rapidly evolved in a number of ways: first, with the introduction and popularization of the Housing First approach; second, there are now a growing number of randomized controlled studies to evaluate the lives of people living in this housing; and third, there is increasing...

ORGANIZATION: Crisis
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017
Towards a world-leading centre for homelessness impact: Outline business case and feasibility study Why do a feasibility study?

Changing the way we work won’t be easy; the barriers to evidence uptake are many and complex. This is why Crisis and GHN believe that we need to create a dedicated body that is sector led and owned to help ensure evidence is at the heart of the solutions we develop to prevent or tackle homelessness.

Crisis and...

ORGANIZATION: Justice Connect Homeless Law
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017
Two years, ten client stories and ten calls for change

The Women’s Homelessness Prevention Project (WHPP) is an integrated model of providing legal services that focuses on preventing homelessness through addressing both legal and non-legal needs. It keeps women and children in housing through a combination of legal representation and social work support. 

In its first two years, the WHPP provided legal representation (including advice...

RESOURCE TYPE: Book
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Tens of thousands of people are living in Canada without safe secure shelter every night and hundreds of thousands more are precipitously close to losing what housing they have. This book looks at the expenses, options and policies impacting people in Canadian cities to create homelessness. The inadequacy of social housing support in this wealthy country, coupled with indifference to the actual costs of meeting basic needs, means the remnants...

ORGANIZATION: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016
Executive Summary The impact of mixed funding sources on homelessness support for Indigenous Australians forms one part of the research program in the AHURI Inquiry into the funding of homelessness services in Australia, which aims to understand the mix of government and non-government funding and how the funding of services that support people who are experiencing homelessness influences service provision and outcomes for those people....
RESOURCE TYPE: Thesis/Dissertation
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016
Introduction:

On any given night, thousands of Canadian youth face homelessness in either absolute (living on the street) or relative (couch surfing) terms. Youth experiencing homelessness report disproportionately high rates of illness and unique influences on their access to health care as compared to their stably housed peers. Method: I conducted a mixed methods study to examine influences on homeless youth access to health care. First, I...

JOURNAL NAME: American Journal of Orthopsychiatry
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Causal attributions of homelessness (to societal or structural causes, individualistic causes, or fatalistic causes) may affect both the design and acceptance of public policies aimed at improving the situation of homeless people, and the strategies that homeless people themselves decide to adopt in order to cope with their situation. This article analyses the differences in causal attributions of homelessness based on gender, age,...

JOURNAL NAME: British Journal of Occupational Therapy
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017
Introduction

The purpose of this study was to assess the effectiveness of a housing transition program for homeless shelter residents with chronic mental illness and substance use.

Method

A two-group controlled study design was used to assess the program, with 10 participants in an intervention group and 10 in a control group. Goal attainment scaling and quality of life ratings were used pre- and post-intervention to determine...

JOURNAL NAME: Preventing Chronic Disease
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017
Objective

We assessed findings from a food-insecurity screening of a national sample of Veterans Administration clinics for homeless and formerly homeless veterans.

Methods

We reviewed results from initial screenings administered at 6 Veterans Administration primary care clinics for the homeless and responses from clinic staff members interviewed about the screening program.

Results

A total of 270 patients were screened. The...

ORGANIZATION: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
RESOURCE TYPE: Government Document
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017
On a single night in 2016, 549,928 people were experiencing homelessness in the United States. A majority (68%) was staying in emergency shelters, transitional housing programs, or safe havens, and 32 percent were in unsheltered locations.  Over one-fifth of people experiencing homelessness were children (22%), 69 percent were over the age of 24, and nine percent were between the ages of 18 and 24. Between 2015 and 2016, the number of people...
JOURNAL NAME: Journal of Public Health Management & Practice:
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017
Context:

People living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) (PLWH) who are most at risk for falling out of HIV primary care and detectable viral loads include homeless and unstably housed individuals and those codiagnosed with behavioral health disorders. The patient-centered medical home (PCMH) is a model that promotes provision of comprehensive, patientcentered, accessible, coordinated, and quality care for patients. This initiative...

JOURNAL NAME: Social Work Research
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

The effects of microaggressions targeted at sexual minorities and racial minorities have been well documented. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youths and black youths are more likely to experience homelessness than their heterosexual, cisgender, and white peers, and yet little is known about how microaggressions may affect youths during instances of homelessness. This study examines whether perceived LGBT racial...

JOURNAL NAME: Voice of Intellectual Man- An International Journal
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

Report of Census 2011 says, there were 1.77 million homeless people in India, which is about 0.15% of the country's total population. Prior to the release of Slumdog Millionaire in 2008, Mumbai was a slum tourist destination for slumming where homeless people and slum dwellers alike could be openly viewed by tourists. Some of the problems leading to homelessness include: disability (either mental, physical, or both), lack of affordable...

JOURNAL NAME: Infectious Diseases Society of America
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017
Background:

Tuberculosis (TB) causes significant morbidity and mortality in U.S. cities, particularly in poor, transient populations. During a TB outbreak in Fulton County, Atlanta, GA, we aimed to determine if local maps created from multiple locations of personal activity per case would differ significantly from traditional maps created from single residential address.

Methods:

Data were abstracted for patients with TB disease...

ORGANIZATION: Supportive Housing In Peel/ Peel Youth Village and the Region of Peel
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017
Summary

Given the importance of transitional housing, the need for continued research into the housing challenges facing youth in Canada, and a commitment to learning about and contributing to the development of best practices, Peel Youth Village-Supportive Housing In Peel (PYV/SHIP) in partnership with the Region of Peel embarked on a twelve-month research project. This project evaluated the efficacy of the existing three-hundred and sixty-...

ORGANIZATION: Welsh Government
RESOURCE TYPE: Government Document
PUBLICATION DATE: 2014

Wales’  first ever housing act aims to improve the supply, quality and standards of housing in Wales.

The key elements of the act are:

introduction of a compulsory registration and licensing scheme for private rented sector landlords and letting and management agents, which will be delivered by Rent Smart Wales (external link) reform of homelessness law, including placing a stronger duty on local authorities to prevent...
ORGANIZATION: House of Commons
RESOURCE TYPE: Government Document
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

The Homelessness Reduction Bill will significantly reform England’s homelessness legislation, ensuring that more people get the help they need to prevent them from becoming homelessness in the first place.

This builds on the government’s commitment in December 2015 to consider all options, including legislation, to prevent homelessness.

ORGANIZATION: United States Interagency Council on Homelessness
RESOURCE TYPE: Government Document
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Collaboratively with communities across America, USICH and our federal partners developed a national vision for what it means to end homelessness, ensuring it is rare, brief, and non-recurring. The Criteria and Benchmarks for Achieving the Goal of Ending Youth Homelessness ensure all communities are working towards that goal. 

Criteria and benchmarks work together to provide a complete picture of a community’s response to...

JOURNAL NAME: Social Policy & Administration
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2005

After the election of a neo-liberal provincial government in 1995, Ontario was at the forefront of work-based welfare reform in Canada. Many of the sweeping reforms carried out under the banner of the “Common Sense Revolution” received widespread coverage: for example, reductions in welfare rates, the introduction of the Ontario Works programme, the adoption of a zero-tolerance policy for so-called welfare fraud, and changes to the rules...

JOURNAL NAME: International Social Security Review
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2009

The growth of precarious employment poses significant challenges to current social assistance income support policies yet it remains largely neglected in policy-making arenas. Drawing upon qualitative data from a study in Ontario, Canada, this paper examines the particular implications of these challenges for lone mothers, who figure prominently both in non-standard employment and as targets for workfare policies. In the context of changing...

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

Identifying and prioritizing adults experiencing chronic and episodic homelessness are two core components of the federal Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) and many local Housing First plans. In 2015, a task force convened by the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness and the Mental Health Commission of Canada...

ORGANIZATION: Coalition for the Homeless
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017
City and State Must Meet Unprecedented Scale of Crisis with Proven Solutions

In November 2016, nearly 16,000 families, consisting of more than 48,000 people, were sleeping in New York City homeless shelters each night. The number of adults and children in the family shelter system increased by 14 percent since January 2014 – despite Mayor de Blasio’s efforts to reverse the growing census by both significantly increasing resources for...

ORGANIZATION: United States Interagency Council on Homelessness
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

The work to end family homelessness is a national priority for many reasons. Being in safe and stable housing benefits both parents and children for a lifetime, improving their overall well-being, health, education, and future employment opportunities — outcomes that strengthen our communities and our country as a whole.

To end family homelessness once and for all, we need to continue building strong public– private partnerships,...

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...

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


This chapter analyzes the diverse strategies that the police use in dealing with street youth. In this chapter, the ways in which the police come into contact with runaway and homeless youth are evaluated. Emphasis is placed on the police’s use of discretion in responding to youth living on the streets. This chapter presents data on arrest rates of street youth and the conditions that may affect whether the police...

JOURNAL NAME: Health and Social Care in the Community
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2010

In Canada, approximately 150 000 youth live on the street. Streetinvolvement and homelessness have been associated with various health risks, including increased substance use, blood-borne infections and sexually transmitted diseases. We undertook a qualitative study to better understand the social and structural barriers street-involved youth who use illicit drugs encounter when seeking housing. We conducted 38 semi-structured interviews...

JOURNAL NAME: Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

In this paper, we outline three genealogies of housing policy in Canada—affordable housing, mental health housing, and housing for homeless persons—and present the focus, research, and strengths/critiques of these genealogies. The increased visibility and adoption of Housing First (HF) in Canadian policy has created tension between groups working on housing and homelessness. Critics rightly point out that HF does little to increase the...

JOURNAL NAME: American Behavioral Scientist
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2005

This article examines the effects of homeless policy on single homeless people’s exit potential in Los Angeles and Berlin, Germany, to understand why the numbers and characteristics of the city’s homeless populations are similar despite different welfare systems. The article shows that homeless people in both places are similarly affected by local welfare state deficiencies, by displacement and criminalization, and by the containment...

JOURNAL NAME: Psychiatry Research
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

To date, there are no data on quality of life (QOL) and its correlates in Chinese homeless patients with psychiatric disorders. This study aimed to compare QOL between homeless and non-homeless patients with psychiatric disorders in China. A total of 278 homeless and 222 non-homeless patients matched in age and gender were consecutively recruited. Socio-demographic and clinical data including QOL were collected from medical records. A...

JOURNAL NAME: Journal of Political Ecology
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

This article engages directly with a group of individuals who reside in and among the margins of an urban municipal park, through a 16-month critical ethnography. Facing abject poverty, threats from law enforcement, and trials of living outdoors, these 'Hillside residents' cite the local health department as a primary source of potential displacement from the place they call home. 'Health', in this context, references three interconnected...

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