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JOURNAL NAME: Indoor and Built Environment
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Cold homes and fuel poverty have been identified as factors in health and social inequalities that could be alleviated through energy efficiency interventions. Research on fuel poverty and the health impacts of affordable warmth initiatives have to date primarily been conducted using quantitative and statistical methods, limiting the way how fuel poverty is understood. This study took a longitudinal focus group approach that allowed...

JOURNAL NAME: Energy Policy
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Social housing residents often struggle with achieving adequate levels of warmth in their home on a limited household budget. Additionally, other housing problems such as damp are common. Previous research has found a link between housing problems and poor health and reduced well-being, but this relationship is complex and poorly understood. A survey among UK social housing residents (N=536) investigated the association between cold and damp...

RESOURCE TYPE: Research Summary
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

When the results of Montreal’s most recent homelessness point-in-time (PIT) count were announced at a downtown Montreal press conference in July 2015, one of the most startling findings, at least from the point of view of a social gerontologist, was that 41% of the total homeless population and 49% of shelter users were aged 50 years and older (Latimer et al., 2015). Consistent with this, a number of Montreal agencies have reported a fourfold...

RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

Project Focus and Objectives: This research project explores the micro-level impacts of neighbourhood changes on the lives of women living in Oneesan Container Housing, a supportive housing site in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side (DTES) Oppenheimer District (DEOD).

Research Contributions: Academic literature often depicts gentrification as a linear and nearly homogenous pattern; this study provides a nuanced picture...

JOURNAL NAME: Environmental Science and Policy
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

The transitions to sustainability approach has proved to be useful for academics, policy makers and practitioners to understand and promote socio-technical transformations, often aiming at climate change alternatives in European countries. However, little attention has been paid to the limitations of using frameworks such as the Multi-level perspective and the Strategic Niche Management approach in the developing world. Here, countries...

JOURNAL NAME: International Journal of Mental Health Systems
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017
Background

Homelessness is a global and local social problem with underestimated prevalence. It has been shown to increase the risk of mental illness, raising concerns from mental health providers about the need for effective interventions targeting this population.

Objectives...
JOURNAL NAME: Australian Journal of Social Issues
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Internationally, domestic violence policy has shifted towards supporting women to stay at home with the perpetrator of violence excluded. However, the practical realities indicate that this is a complex arena in which the rhetoric of rights for “women and children to stay in their own home” needs to be underpinned by additional support to provide safety and protection for those choosing this option. The current study examines decision making...

JOURNAL NAME: Journal of Housing and Economics
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

This paper investigates how monetary policy stance and mortgage market structure affect non-fundamental house price movements in eleven Euro area countries. Based on a three-stage approach, our empirical evidence suggests that a one-time monetary-easing shock can significantly trigger house price booms in Euro area countries with liberal mortgage markets. Such shocks can explain over 20% of the forecasting error variance of non-fundamental...

RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

This report explores the potential for devolved institutions – local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) and combined authorities as well as constituent local authorities – to reduce poverty through housing and planning policy at the city-regional level in England. It aims to:

• conceptualise the links between housing and poverty

• assess the extent to which devolved institutions are using additional funding and powers (so-called ‘...

JOURNAL NAME: International Journal of Sustainable Built Environment
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

The overarching objective of social housing is to meet housing needs, particularly those of the vulnerable households – low and middle income earners. However, there is evidence to show that social housing is not adequately supported to achieve sustainable goals despite its significance for addressing the housing crisis. The aim of this study is to determine the Critical Success Factors (CSFs) for achieving Sustainable Social Housing (SSH)...

JOURNAL NAME: Nature Climate Change
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Analysis of the economic impact of climate change typically considers regional or national economies and assesses its impact on macroeconomic aggregates such as gross domestic product. These studies therefore do not investigate the distributional impacts of climate change within countries or the impacts on poverty. This Perspective aims to close this gap and provide an assessment of climate change impacts at the household level to investigate...

RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017
Executive Summary

The Housing and Life Experiences project was commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation as part of its major programme of work on housing and poverty. The intention to better understand how housing impacts on poverty over the life course, and to inform the development of housing policy that prevents, mitigates against and lifts households out of poverty. The project commenced in January 2015, and will be completed in...

JOURNAL NAME: Australian Health Review
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017
Objectives

The aims of the present study were to examine tenants’ experiences of a model of integrated health care and supportive housing and to identify whether integrated health care and supportive housing improved self-reported health and healthcare access.

Methods

The present study used a mixed-method survey design (n = 75) and qualitative interviews (n = 20) performed between September 2015 and August 2016. Participants were...

ORGANIZATION: FEANTSA
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2008

England and Germany are unusual amongst developed economies in reporting declining levels of homelessness. This paper argues that, notwithstanding weaknesses in the available data, there are good grounds for thinking that in recent years there has been a reduction in homelessness in both countries. While a range of factors has contributed to these downward trends (a slackening housing market in Germany ; tightened local authority assessment...

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

Prevention makes sense. To prevent disease, we vaccinate. To prevent traffic deaths, we install seat belts. While we recognize intuitively that preventing homelessness is a good idea, there has been little movement in Canada to make that happen on a national scale. A New Direction: A Framework for Homelessness Prevention sets out to provide the language and clarity to begin that conversation. 

Since mass homelessness emerged in the mid...

ORGANIZATION: Finnish Government
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

In accordance with the Government Programme of the Government of Prime Minister Juha Sipilä, the work on reducing homelessness will continue while taking account of the proposals of the AUNE working group. During the programme to reduce long-term homelessness (PAAVO 2008–2015), the Housing First principle has been implemented in the work on homelessness and shelters have been replaced by housing units based on supported rental housing.

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ORGANIZATION: Massey College, University of Toronto
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

In the 2016 Ontario Budget, the Minister of Finance announced the creation of a Basic Income Pilot Project, to test a new approach to reducing poverty in a sustainable way. The purpose of the pilot is to “test a growing view at home and abroad that a basic income could build on the success of minimum wage policies and increases in child benefits by providing more consistent and predictable support in the context of today’s dynamic labour...

RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

In collaboration with the City of Lethbridge Community and Social Development Department, an environmental scan was conducted in November 2016 to identify subpopulations most in need of supportive and affordable housing, and to identify housing models best suited to meet the subpopulation needs within Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. The data collection process for the environmental scan included consultations with key informants, a review of...

RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Looking beyond the numbers to focus on real-life stories, Sharing Our Realities: Life on Disability Assistance in British Columbia finds a remarkable consensus between people with disabilities, income assistance workers, and even the findings of the government’s own disability consultation about what ails the system and what is needed to improve the lives of people with disabilities.

“The message is that we don’t have enough for basics...

JOURNAL NAME: Violence Against Women
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

We used a community-based participatory research approach to develop, implement, and evaluate one of the first health curricula for female intimate partner violence (IPV) survivors residing at a transitional housing program. The curriculum comprised 12 workshops that were developed based on the survivors’ experiences, needs, and interests. Evaluation participants...

JOURNAL NAME: Critical Criminology
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

The homeless population in the United States increased substantially since the 1980s. As a result, research into homelessness and its effects, as well as policies aimed at addressing this vital social problem, have also grown. While criminologists have examined state actions to control the homeless from a critical perspective, we are not aware of any research that addresses the issue of restricting homeless feeding. Because such state actions...

RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

They are no longer children, but not exactly adults. They’ve escaped troubled families, but are left to find a family on the streets. The Valley’s thousands of homeless youth form a highly needy but largely overlooked population of young men and women especially vulnerable to assault, theft, injury, illness and sexual exploitation. Multiple research studies report that some of these youth have fled abusive homes or been expelled. Others have...

RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Picture a responsive, adaptive, Homeless-Serving System of Care, where all of us have a part to play in helping people find their way home. In this picture, all people in the system, including agency staff, government representatives and mainstream partners understand where they fit, as part of something bigger. The System Planning Framework’s purpose is to guide the painting of this picture. A strategic and inclusive system that meets the...

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

Although public housing is often described as a negative and stigmatized environment, tenants living in such an environment can cultivate a positive sense of community, which enhances their individual and collective well-being. The present study describes the second phase of an action research, aiming to facilitate the empowerment of public housing tenants acting as peer-researchers. Following a Photovoice phase, this second phase focuses on...

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

Homeless veterans often have multiple health care and psychosocial needs, including assistance with access to housing and health care, as well as support for ongoing treatment engagement. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) developed specialized Homeless Patient Alignment Care Teams (HPACT) with the goal of offering an integrated, “one-stop program” to address housing and health care needs of homeless veterans. However, while...

JOURNAL NAME: Journal of Primary Care & Community Health
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017
Objectives

Homeless adults have low primary care engagement and high emergency department (ED) utilization. Homeless-tailored, patient-centered medical homes (PCMH) decrease this population’s acute care use. We studied the feasibility (focused on patient recruitment) and acceptability (conceptualized as clinicians’ attitudes/beliefs) of a pilot initiative to colocate a homeless-tailored PCMH with an ED. After ED triage, low-acuity patients...

JOURNAL NAME: Our Dermatol Online
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

This study aimed to survey the range of skin disorders diagnosed at a San Francisco clinic based in a temporary homeless shelter. We retrospectively reviewed 254 charts documenting encounters from 2011-2015 and collected demographic and historical data, along with skin disease morphology and location, clinical diagnosis, and recommended therapies. Of 254 charts reviewed, 136 (53.3%) recorded a dermatologic complaint. Diagnostic categories...

ORGANIZATION: BC Housing, by Pathways PtH Housing First, Inc. and the Centre for Research on Educational and Community Services, University of Ottawa
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017
BACKGROUND

This report is prepared for BC Housing as part of the evaluation of the Vulnerability Assessment Tool (VAT). The VAT was created by the Downtown Emergency Service Centre in Seattle, Washington, to objectively determine the vulnerability of their clients to continued housing instability. The VAT involves a structured interview to assess an individual experiencing homelessness or marginal...

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

This study was designed to provide a representative description of the mental health of youth accessing homelessness services in Canada.

It is the most extensive survey in this area to date and is intended to inform the development of mental health and addiction service and policy for this marginalized population.

ORGANIZATION: Alliance to End Homelessness Ottawa
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Each year, the Alliance’s Progress Report on Ending Homelessness in Ottawa takes stock – assessing movement towards our goals.

With the adoption of Ottawa’s Ten-Year Housing and Homelessness Plan in 2013, we committed to ending chronic homelessness by 2024.

Emboldened by provincial commitments and the emergence of a National Housing Strategy, we have reason to be hopeful.

In reviewing 2016, we are reminded that priorities...

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