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ORGANIZATION: Canadian Observatory on Homelessness; A Way Home Canada
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

In recent years, policy-makers and service providers have expressed concerns about whether and how Housing First can be applied to the population of young people who experience homelessness. In response, A Safe and Decent Place to Live was developed to provide a workable framework for Housing First for Youth (HF4Y). It is important to note that the development of this framework was the result of a collaboration between the Canadian...

ORGANIZATION: Statistics Canada
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

This study uses data from the 2014 Longitudinal and International Study of Adults (LISA) in order to examine the relationship between low income and characteristics of people aged 25 to 64 with a disability, including disability type, severity class, age of onset of disability, family composition, and other risk factors associated with low income. It also examines the composition of the low-income population in relation to disability, and...

JOURNAL NAME: The Journal of Student Science and Technology
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

This research paper focuses on the attempts of the Canadian government to deal with food scarcity in the Indigenous community. Despite the many efforts of the government to make amends with the Indigenous population, they have some of the highest rates of poverty demographically in Canada. Food scarcity is a major topic when talking about Indigenous people because many live in areas where there is no access to healthy affordable food. Many do...

ORGANIZATION: OPRE, Children's Bureau
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Currently, there is very little evidence on how to meet the needs of youth and young adults who have been involved in the child welfare system. 

The Children’s Bureau, within the Administration for Children and Families (U. S. Department of Health and Human Services) is funding a multi-phase grant program to build the evidence base on what works to prevent homelessness among this population.This program is referred to as Youth At-Risk...

ORGANIZATION: Alberta Rural Development Network
RESOURCE TYPE: Homeless Count
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

This document has been developed by the Alberta Rural Development Network (ARDN) to provide a step-by-step guide to estimate homelessness in rural communities in Canada. This guide incorporates cost-conscious, efficient, and reliable practices specific to rural communities and their surrounding areas.

Homelessness is often hidden in rural communities and rarely looks like it does in urban centres. Consequently, rural communities are...

ORGANIZATION: Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

This report presents the second annual living wage calculation for Whitehorse, Yukon and highlights the affordability challenges facing the community. The report includes recommendations developed by members of the Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition for the City of Whitehorse and the Yukon Government to address affordability challenges and alleviate poverty in the territory.

JOURNAL NAME: Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

The intersection of homelessness and transportation is an overlooked component of transport-related exclusion research, yet mobility is recognized as playing a significant role in anyone’s well-being. The lack of research in this field is concurrent with the lack of understanding of homeless individuals’ mobility needs and travel behavior. As a result, there is little that can guide the policy-making process for the travel needs of homeless...

JOURNAL NAME: Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

After the presentation, the audience will be able to: 1) identify three factors contributing to a worsening health status; 2) describe at least one nutrition and one physical activity methodology used in the program intervention; and 3) using the data presented, assess the program intervention’s effectiveness at improving metabolic markers and overall health.

JOURNAL NAME: Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Our findings confirm a poor diet quality among homeless youth, although, this was not associated with their health related quality of life. Gender and ethnic difference does exist with respect to homeless youth mental HRQoL and diet quality. These findings may help practitioners determine sub populations in need of more targeted interventions.

JOURNAL NAME: Journal of Sociology
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Drawing on the perspectives of young lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer (LGBTIQ) people who have experienced homelessness across metropolitan Adelaide and Sydney, Australia, the article outlines many of the challenges and barriers that confronted them. We argue that traditional views in policy and practice that treat homelessness as a homogeneous category are detrimental to this young cohort. With more young people...

JOURNAL NAME: Social Sciences
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

The positive relationship between social support and mental health has been well documented, but individuals experiencing chronic homelessness face serious disruptions to their social networks. Housing First (HF) programming has been shown to improve health and stability of formerly chronically homeless individuals. However, researchers are only just starting to understand the impact HF has on residents’ individual social integration. The...

ORGANIZATION: Youth Justice Board
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

This report presents the  ndings and recommendations of the 2016-2017 Youth Justice Board, an after-school program that engages New York City teenagers in studying public policy

issues that affect young people. The Youth Justice Board has looked at the relationship between youth homelessness and the justice system in New York City to identify opportunities to better support homeless youth, minimize justice system involvement, and...

ORGANIZATION: Strategies to End Homelessness
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Strategies to End Homelessness administers one of only  ve homeless services systems in the country to be designated a Uni ed Funding Agency by HUD. Beginning in July 2016, disbursement of all funding from HUD to our homeless services system ran through Strategies to End Homelessness. With one year as a UFA now under our belt, we can already see early bene ts to our community.

Who is homeless?

Last year in Hamilton County, Ohio, a...

ORGANIZATION: The Recovery Village Columbus
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

As young adults attempt to navigate life, students face difficult challenges on all fronts: bullying in high school. Divisive family issues. Pressure to do well in college. The weight of these (and many more) stressful situations can lead to destructive behaviors like binge drinking on the weekend and dabbling with drugs in college. Experimenting with drugs in high school or drinking heavily in a university may be brushed off as typical, even...

JOURNAL NAME: First Peoples Child & Family Review
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

The sexual exploitation of youth is a complex and multidimensional social problem. Understanding the antecedents and factors that entrap youth into the world of sexual exploitation is imperative for effective interventions. This article presents a visual entitled the Waters of Sexual Exploitation that is used as a training tool for social service personnel to understand the world of sexually exploited youth. The visual was developed through...

ORGANIZATION: Calgary Homeless Foundation
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Since 1998, the Calgary Homeless Foundation (CHF) has been leading the charge to end homelessness in Calgary. As the system planner for Calgary’s Homeless-Serving System of Care, we see the big picture of homelessness in Calgary, and we work with community to remove the obstacles that prevent people from  nding their way back home. We promote collaboration between all orders of government, public sector service providers, foundations,...

ORGANIZATION: Women’s Shelters Canada
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Shelter Voices 2017 is the fourth national survey of transition houses and shelters serving women and children affected by violence against women and intimate partner violence. Conducted by Women’s Shelters Canada (formerly the Canadian Network of Women’s Shelters and Transition Houses), this one-day snapshot from 193 shelters across the country offers a sense of the hopes, challenges, and experiences of shelter workers and the women they...

ORGANIZATION: The Government of Alberta
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

This set of guidelines aims improve the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning and two-spirited (LGBTQ2S) youth across the housing and homelessness system. Included in this document is a glossary of terms, a sample gender-inclusive intake form, and an exercise for assessing personal bias.

Making housing and shelter spaces safer for LGBTQ2S youth is a priority. Government and community partners in the youth...

JOURNAL NAME: Journal of Drug Issues
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

The current study assessed the relative influence of both injunctive and descriptive norms in the context of different referent groups (i.e., family, street peers, home-based peers, and staff members) on past 30-day methamphetamine, heroin, and injection drug use behaviors of homeless youth. Cross-sectional data (N = 911) were collected from three drop-in centers in Los Angeles, California. The study consisted of two parts: a social network...

RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

This policy paper posits that poor mental health and poverty are synonymous; in order to combat deepening inequality within our society, it is necessary for the government to execute more inclusive welfare programmes, which will require a more precise definition of mental illness. The paper lays out the state of Malaysia’s current mental health and its correlation to poverty, thus highlighting the importance of measures to improve mental...

RESOURCE TYPE: Thesis/Dissertation
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Climate change has led to an increase in extreme heat events (EHE) in Canada and globally, which are directly associated with morbidity and mortality. Homeless populations are particularly vulnerable to the health effects of EHE due to a combination of broad risk factors.

To examine the current state of knowledge on ways to mitigate the risks of EHE in academic literature, twenty-three studies from five databases were reviewed. Studies...

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

Photovoice is a participatory action research method that empowers participants to photograph their everyday lives as a means of documenting and advocating for their needs; it has rarely been utilized with young people experiencing homelessness. The current study examined the feasibility, accessibility, and preliminary outcomes associated with participation in Asking for Change, a manualized Photovoice intervention, among youth (ages 18–21)...

JOURNAL NAME: Contemporary School Psychology
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

In this study, we explored the life stories of unaccompanied homeless youth (UHY) who continued to attend high school despite no longer being in the custody of a parent or guardian. A qualitative approach allowed participants to share their life stories in their own words. Nine students (five males, four females) ranging in age from 17 to 20 were recruited from a community-based organization serving homeless youth to participate in individual...

JOURNAL NAME: Maastricht Student Journal of Psychology and Neuroscience
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Homelessness is an increasingly severe problem in many countries around the world. The homeless are often stigmatized by the rest of society. This essay explores how several contextual factors can moderate the expression of prejudice towards the homeless in two countries with different backgrounds, Hungary and the USA. Ambivalent opinions of the homeless exist in both societies, and prejudice is present to some extent in both, but especially...

JOURNAL NAME: Creative Nursing
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Individuals experiencing homelessness face significant challenges on a daily basis. The ongoing need to find shelter, safety, and food becomes a priority and often supersedes the need for health care. People who are homeless have significantly higher morbidity and mortality rates than those who are sheltered, at least in part because care is sought when health care issues become acute and more difficult to manage from a medical standpoint....

JOURNAL NAME: Journal of Community Psychology
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Among people experiencing homelessness, difficulty securing housing is often compounded by concurrent challenges including unemployment, chronic illness, criminal justice involvement, and victimization. The Moving Ahead Program (MAP) is a vocational rehabilitation program that seeks to help adults facing these challenges secure competitive employment. We prospectively studied how MAP graduates (N = 97) changed from the beginning of MAP to...

JOURNAL NAME: American Journal of Community Psychology
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

This paper reports results of mixed methods, population survey of housing instability, and homelessness. Child welfare personnel conducted the Quick Risks and Assets for Family Triage (QRAFT), a three-question screening tool intended to identify housing instability and homelessness. The QRAFT requires users to assess family housing history, current housing arrangement, and current housing condition, on a four-point scale from “asset/not a...

JOURNAL NAME: American Journal of Community Psychology
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Youth homelessness is a problem characterized by high levels of vulnerability. The extent to which couch surfing — moving from one temporary housing arrangement to another — is part of youth homelessness is not well understood. Chapin Hall's Voices of Youth Count, a national research initiative, involves a multicomponent approach to studying youth homelessness. This study reports emerging findings regarding couch surfing and homelessness...

JOURNAL NAME: American Journal of Community Psychology
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Inadequate housing and homelessness represent significant barriers to family stability and child development. An accumulating body of evidence documents the relatively high risk of family separation among families experiencing housing instability and homelessness, the extent of housing problems experienced by families involved in the child welfare system, and the disproportionately high rates of homelessness among youth aging out of foster...

JOURNAL NAME: Southern Economic Association
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Federal spending on homelessness has increased significantly in recent years. I estimate the relationship between federal homelessness funding and homeless counts in 2011, 2013, and 2015 cross sections. I instrument for funding using a community's pre-1940 housing share, a key variable in an originally unrelated funding formula borrowed for homelessness grants. Funding increases sheltered homelessness; meanwhile, funding is unrelated to...

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