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RESOURCE TYPE: Community Plan
PUBLICATION DATE: 2007

Information on some of TDRC campaigns. Project information is updated on a regular basis so check back often.

RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2007

Cathy Crowe always wanted to be a nurse but she never planned to be a street nurse—a title she continues to use to evoke the horror of homelessness in a rich country like Canada. In Dying for a Home Crowe brings us the voices of ten homeless activists advocating for change. The word homeless conjures many stereotypes, but rarely does it suggest bravery, courage, charisma, or intelligence, qualities demonstrated by each of these determined...

JOURNAL NAME: TDRC
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2007

A list of achievements of TDRC for the year 2006

JOURNAL NAME: TDRC
RESOURCE TYPE: Fact Sheet
PUBLICATION DATE: 2007

The Ontario government spends about 14 cents per person per day on affordable housing — less than half the amount spent in 2000 — even though the province's population and its housing needs continue to grow significantly. The low level of spending means the government has been able to fund only a fraction of the new homes it promised in 2003. And those targets from 2003 were already modest, when set against the desperate province-wide...

JOURNAL NAME: TDRC
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2007

The operating budget 2007 for the housing needs in Toronto is available at http://wellesleyinstitute.com. If you have a question about a provincial or national housing issue, please contact Michael Shapcott, co-chair of the National Housing and Homelessness Network (NHHN) at 416-972-1010, ext. 231. You can email him at michael@wellesleyinstitute.com...

RESOURCE TYPE: Video/Audio File
PUBLICATION DATE: 2007

A video about the failure of New York City's homelessness strategy, an approach now being tried in Toronto.

JOURNAL NAME: TDRC
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2007

The Toronto Disaster Relief Committee (TDRC) provides advocacy on housing and homelessness issues. The committee considers homelessness as a national disaster, and demands that Canada should end homelessness by implementing a fully-funded National Housing Program. In this particular report Michael Shapcott releases an Ontario election primer with recommendations for housing needs.

JOURNAL NAME: TDRC
RESOURCE TYPE: Government Document
PUBLICATION DATE: 2007

The National Anti-Poverty Organization (NAPO) opposes the Harper Government's plan to implement a $725 million tax cut. Media Release - NAPO

RESOURCE TYPE: Video/Audio File
PUBLICATION DATE: 2005

The film opens with a car dashboard, complete with statuette of the virgin Mary. Screen shots of the road as seen from the interior of a car, alternate with print. This print is the voice of a silent narrator. She opens with, "Dear Mary, my grandmother used to pray to you every day," and moments later the thought continues with, "I never could." The film begins with the introduction of Bill and Sharon...

RESOURCE TYPE: E-book
PUBLICATION DATE: 1997

Butcher's first novel focuses attention on the plight of the homeless as it traces 12-year old Nick Battle's experiences. When Mom and Cole Armstrong, her new husband, tell Nick she is pregnant, he reacts by running away. In full flight, he collides with Luther, one of Andersonville's homeless. That night Nick shelters in the deserted McIntyre mansion only to discover that it is Luther's base. When the police arrive the...

RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2001

Paper presented by David van Vliet at the "The Unstoppable Wave Ecological Design Conference".

RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2005

The Dream Team and the Boards for Mental Health and Housing Services (BMHHS) are launching a campaign to get the government to keep its election promise and fund 6,600 new supportive housing units for people with mental illness across the province. The campaign includes: A postcard petition A plan for 1,000 new units a year in Toronto, and 1,200 a year in the rest of the province, for the next 3 years The Dream Team's Show Me a Way to Go...

RESOURCE TYPE: Video/Audio File
PUBLICATION DATE: 2005

Wards of the Crown is a heartbreaking view of four lives and of a broken system. The film states, "All children should have the right to expect stability and a place to belong." The social workers in the film agree, but their frustration is clear. With 66,000 children in the child welfare system, there is clearly something wrong with the status quo. The answer should be simple, but clearly it is not. (excerpt from a review...

JOURNAL NAME: American Journal of Orthopsychiatry
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 1995

Housing dynamics of homeless people limit all efforts to count them. Data on 60-day housing histories from a sample of homeless substance abusers in New Orleans show that homeless people spend relatively few nights in locations that would make them potentially countable, no matter how thorough the enumeration procedure. [abstract]

RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2007

The Homeless Needs Survey was a collaborative research project led by the Victoria Cool Aid Society. The question that this survey answers for the Capital Region is: "What housing and supports do people require when they are not housed or are in unstable housing?" It summarizes the results of the Homeless Needs Survey conducted from February 5 to 9, 2007, in the Capital Regional District of British Columbia, Canada... the...

JOURNAL NAME: Canadian Journal of Urban Research
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2005

This paper aims to inform the development of services and policies to address youth homelessness. This research addressed the following questions:

(1) How youth became involved with the street?

(2) What their lives were like on the street?

(3) What barriers prevented them from leaving the street? And,

(4) what facilitated their transition off the street?

Using the principles of participatory research, we...

JOURNAL NAME: The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2007

Homeless shelters provide a unique opportunity to intervene with occupants who have substance abuse problems, as not addressing these issues may lead to continuation of problems playing a contributing role in homelessness. Attempts to implement Contingency Management (CM) with this population have often been complex, costly and not straightforward to replicate in community settings. We conducted a randomized trial evaluation a simple, low-...

JOURNAL NAME: Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology.Special Issue: HIV/AIDS and ethnic minority wome
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 1999

This study examined family structure and parenting challenges in 80 African American, 45 European American, and 74 Latina mothers (aged 19-62 yrs) infected with HIV. Findings from extensive maternal interviews and questionnaires indicated broad heterogeneity in living arrangements, high rates of mother-child separation, and low rates of current homelessness despite a 50% lifetime rate. Parenting problems and depression were reported,...

JOURNAL NAME: Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2001

Conceptual and methodological problems plague efforts to prevent homelessness. Attempts to identify individuals at risk are inefficient, targeting many people who will not become homeless for each person who will. Such interventions may do useful things for needy people, but evidence that they prevent homelessness is scant. Subsidized housing, with or without supportive services, has ended homelessness for families and played a key role in...

RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2006

To be eligible for federal grants that bring approximately 1.5 million dollars into the Bellingham/Whatcom County Continuum of Care system, jurisdiction must complete a Point-in-Time count of homeless persons on a biennial basis. One of the benefits to the community, in addition to helping City and County leaders see a clearer profile of our homeless population, is that it increases public awareness and serves as a catalyst for problem...

RESOURCE TYPE: Government Document
PUBLICATION DATE: 2003

This report focuses on the position of low income households including those in employment (ie: the "working poor") in the private rental market to better understand the outcomes of the current policy framework on the housing opportunities open to them.

RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2004

The Community Services Committee on June 29, 2004, recommended to the Policy and Finance Committee that City Council adopt the staff recommendations in the Recommendations Section of the report (June 15, 2004) from the Commissioner of Community and Neighbourhood Services respecting the Housing Supports for the Next Steps Rent Supplement Demonstration Project and Emergency Homelessness Pilot Project. This report seeks approval for the use of...

RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2006

This report updates two separate analyses undertaken in 1998 and 1999 in Toronto and Vancouver respectively to develop current estimates of the relative cost of addressing homelessness across a range of responses. It also expands on the earlier analysis by adding data for two other cities, Montreal and Halifax. The primary research question examined is the relative cost of addressing homelessness through institutional and emergency response...

RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2007

In spite of their importance to plans to end homelessness, mainstream low-income housing assistance programs have fared poorly in the federal budget in recent years. Since the reemergence of federal budget deficits in 2003, the Administration and Congress have reduced funding for a number of domestic programs, including most low-income housing assistance programs. By 2006, funding for HUD programs had declined by $3.3 billion (or 8 percent)...

RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2002

Described in this report are the results of a collaborative effort to develop an agenda for future homelessness research in the Greater Vancouver Regional District. This agenda features recommendations for the planning and dissemination of homelessness research in the GVRD and provides a valuable compilation of information for producers and users of research.

JOURNAL NAME: Nordic Journal of Youth Research
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2000

In many western post-industrial countries, homelessness is claiming unprecendented popular attention across the political spectrum and is a persistent theme in both mass media and academic journals preciesely because it is a way, consciously or unconsciously, of attempting to articulate or clarify the structure of social relations; we perceive home in its relative contrast to the "alienworld", the "Other"....

JOURNAL NAME: American Journal of Public Health
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2007

Objectives: We examined correlates of eviction and homelessness among current and former welfare recipients from 1997 to 2003 in an urban Michigan community. Methods: Longitudinal cohort data were drawn from the Women's Employment Study, a representative panel study of mothers who were receiving cash welfare in February 1997. We used logistic regression analysis to identify risk factors for both eviction and homelessness over the survey...

JOURNAL NAME: Canadian Journal of Urban Research
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2004

This is a case study of a multi-stage collaborative process spearheaded by Canada Housing and Mortgage Corporation from 1995 to 2001 to address the lack of high quality and reliable information about the homeless in Canada. The community-based collaborative efforts and ground-up process used to develop the Homeless Individuals and Families Information System (HIFIS) are detailed, as are some of the obstacles and difficulties encountered in...

ORGANIZATION: HRSDC-HPS
RESOURCE TYPE: Toolkit
PUBLICATION DATE: 2006

The two main objectives of this guide are to: - summarize what is meant by "homelessness prevention" and its implications for the ways that local authorities deliver relevant services, and - show how the homelessness prevention ethos can be delivered in practice The guide focuses on the six "homelessness prevention" activities shown by research as being those most commonly operated by local authorities: - housing advice -...

RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2004

Under the guidance of a NAPO committee, Marie-Jose Dancoste, NAPO researcher, travelled to three cities (Ottawa, Halifax, Vancouver) in the summer of 2001 to meet with women who self-identified as "homeless". Dancoste met with numerous agencies and those who work with homeless people. She posted notices in public places and put out informational bulletins and ads in local papers and newsletters advertising the NAPO study as...

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