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RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

In the capital city of one of the wealthiest countries in the world, young people ought not to be living on the streets, engaging in sex work to survive, and becoming enmeshed in drug cultures and illegal activities that put them at even greater risk of harm and violence.

This report details Ottawa's remitting reality where youth are being exposed to these risks and more, through a process that creates their homelessness. Youth...

ORGANIZATION: Well Living House
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018
Project Summary

The Our Health Counts, Toronto research project will contribute to the priority area of Applying the “Two-Eyed Seeing“ Model in Aboriginal Health, specifically utilizing “Two-Eyed Seeing” in assessing and improving the health of urban Aboriginal people. The study design provides an opportunity to address the broad gaps in urban Aboriginal health assessment across health domains and lifecycle stages with a focus on a key health...

ORGANIZATION: Stonewall, YouGov
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018
THE STUDY  Stonewall commissioned YouGov to carry out a survey asking more than 5,000 lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) people across England, Scotland and Wales about their life in Britain today. This report, part of a series based on the research, investigates the specific experiences of the 871 trans and non-binary people who took part, across a range of areas of life in Britain. The study looks at the discrimination trans people face in...
ORGANIZATION: University of Surrey, Goldsmiths, University of London
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

About this study

Despite changes in equality laws in recent years, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, Queer and Questioning (LGBT*Q) people still face discrimination across a range of public services, including social housing. However, little is really known about the needs and views of LGBT*Q residents who live in housing provided by a housing association or local authority. We conducted this study to find out. The study was commissioned by...
JOURNAL NAME: The School of Public Policy Publications
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

Summary

The seeds of chronic homelessness, with the addictions and mental illness that often accompany it, are sown frequently in traumatic childhoods. A survey of 300 people experiencing chronic homelessness and those sleeping rough in Calgary reveals that these individuals have suffered childhood trauma at a rate five times higher than the general population. Those traumas include neglect, parents with addiction issues, domestic...
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018
ORGANIZATION: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

The 2018 Alternative Federal Budget (AFB) delivers a roadmap to where the country could be on the eve of the next federal election, if the government moves forward with bold action to deliver a progressive economic plan that leaves no one behind. If implemented, the 2018 Alternative Federal Budget: Getting There will reduce income inequality, lift close to a million people out of poverty, close unfair and expensive tax loopholes, and create...

RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

HCLS has undertaken this project, funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy Program and Legal Aid Ontario, to address knowledge gaps and define service priorities for Indigenous people who experience homelessness in Halton. The shared knowledge that results will be used to foster strategic partnerships and create an action plan that can be funded through coordination between levels of government or...

ORGANIZATION: Government of Canada
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018
Executive summary

As a whole, Canada remains among the best places in the world in which to live. However, too many Canadians live in poverty. This is why the Government made a commitment to develop a Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy that would set targets to reduce poverty in Canada and measure and publicly report on progress.

In February 2017, Employment and Social Development Canada launched a consultation process to inform the...

RESOURCE TYPE: Story
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

After Bell Let’s Talk Day #bellletstalk, I want to continue the conversation. PLEASE WATCH, LIKE and SHARE my VIDEO. Let’s ERADICATE the word HOMELESSNESS from all current discourse, literature, and titling. We all know the stigma and labels behind this socially constructed concept. This is my attempt...

ORGANIZATION: Y-Foundation
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

The handbook A Home of Your Own is a publication by the Y-Foundation.

The Y-Foundation, one of the key national developers of the Housing First principle in Finland, has published a handbook A Home of Your Own – Housing First and ending Homelessness in Finland to answer the many questions we have received from professionals and policy-makers over the years.

This book describes in detail why Finland has become the...

ORGANIZATION: The Canadian Observatory on Homelessness, A Way Home Canada
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

Are we making significant headway on youth homelessness in Canada? Are we stopping young people from becoming homeless? Are we ensuring that young people transition out of homelessness quickly, and that they do not become homeless again?

 It is time that we started taking a good, hard look at these questions. In our efforts to end homelessness, we have primarily focused on providing emergency services and supports to young people...

ORGANIZATION: Employment and Social Development Canada
RESOURCE TYPE: Toolkit
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018
HOW THIS TOOLKIT WAS MADE

This toolkit was developed in collaboration with a diverse group of stakeholders from communities across Canada.

Over 60 individuals from 24 different organizations were consulted by phone and in person. We heard from:

-  Case managers in Housing First programs

-  Housing specialists

-  Housing First program managers

-  Community entity representatives

-  ...

RESOURCE TYPE: Book/E-Book Chapter
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018
A YOUTH PERSPECTIVE

Being homeless is stressful. It’s 24 hours a day. Even if you experience a good week or month, there is always an underlying and pervasive feeling of instability, that everything around you is temporary. Despite the positive things you experience, there is still a strong fear that you will lose everything you have gained or relapse into homelessness. As a young person who has experienced homelessness and a...

RESOURCE TYPE: Book/E-Book Chapter
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

Evaluation research involves gathering a wide variety of indicators in order to better understand how a program is operating, its impact, and what can be done to improve it. The performance indicators that many organizations collect routinely as part of their daily operations can provide important information for a program evaluation (e.g., attendance, client demographics), but are not themselves considered evaluation research. Evaluation...

RESOURCE TYPE: Book/E-Book Chapter
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

In almost all communities in North America, the number of youth experiencing homelessness exceeds the capacity of the housing resources available to them. This situation leaves communities with the predicament of trying to decide who to prioritize for the precious few spots available in housing programs. For adults, this same dynamic exists and many communities have turned to vulnerability assessment tools to help them make these difficult...

RESOURCE TYPE: Book/E-Book Chapter
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018
RESOURCE TYPE: Book/E-Book Chapter
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

“Street children” are an underprivileged group that is visible in public places of urban areas in developing countries. These children engage in informal economic activities to make a living for themselves and their families. They are found in every corner of the globe, but are more visible in developing countries in Africa, South Asia, and parts of Latin America (Thomas de Benítez, 2011). There is debate about the size of this population,...

RESOURCE TYPE: Book/E-Book Chapter
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

After decades of fragmentation within the community-based child and youth mental health sector, there is an emerging trend and understanding of how cross-sectoral partnerships and integration between organizations can improve mental health outcomes for children, youth, and young adults. This chapter describes the benefits of these partnerships and key considerations in developing them. It also presents a case study of a successful partnership...

RESOURCE TYPE: Book/E-Book Chapter
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

Each year, 1.5 million to 3 million youth in the United States experience homelessness1 (Toro, Lesperance, & Braciszewski, 2011). They are considered to be one of the most marginalized groups in the country. Among the many challenges they face are acquiring health care, employment, and stable housing. It is becoming increasingly important to consider how to use information and communication technologies (ICT) to increase service...

RESOURCE TYPE: Book/E-Book Chapter
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

Across contexts, peer workers and peer mentors are becoming an increasingly important resource in delivering youth-focused programming for young people who are homeless or street involved. Peer work has been established across a number of practice areas, including public health, addictions, education, and community-based research. The most considerable development in the role has been within the mental health sector, where peer work is...

RESOURCE TYPE: Book/E-Book Chapter
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

 Beautiful trouble makers who remember, resist and reimagine. 

—Min Sook Lee, OCAD University, Art and Social Change 

Offering Crys a ride “home” after a jewelry-making workshop led me to a makeshift “shanty town” under the Bathurst Street bridge in Toronto. I was struck by the vivid colour and detail in this woven compilation of blankets,...

RESOURCE TYPE: Book/E-Book Chapter
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

More than two million youth in the United States are homeless at some time each year (Whitbeck, 2009). They often have histories of depression, complex trauma, substance abuse, and physical and sexual abuse—all of which make obtaining and maintaining competitive employment difficult. Epidemiologic data indicate that 26% meet the clinical criteria for major depression, 35% have attempted suicide, and 72% use illegal substances to cope (...

RESOURCE TYPE: Book/E-Book Chapter
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

Much of what is known about youth who are homeless is obtained from those engaged through service programs, such as drop-in centres or shelters. This means that much less is known about youth experiencing homelessness who are not engaged in services as they are excluded from most studies. This is a significant concern because some reports indicate that youth who are not connected to services represent the majority of youth who are...

RESOURCE TYPE: Book/E-Book Chapter
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

It is well established that youth experiencing homelessness face many challenges with their mental health. For example, a literature review of the topic found that 30%–40% of youth who are homeless experience major depression, bipolar disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, and substance use (Kidd, 2013). A small number also experience psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia, although this incidence is believed to be larger than that...

ORGANIZATION: United Way
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018
A Vision for Tomorrow

On any given night, more than 6,000 Canadian youths are homeless. Young people account for one in five of the people living in Canada’s homeless shelters. In Kingston the figure was more acute in 2013. One in three shelter residents here were between the ages of 15 and 24.*

To help these vulnerable young people put their homelessness behind them and live safe, productive lives, the United Way Kingston, Frontenac,...

RESOURCE TYPE: Book/E-Book Chapter
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

According to many Canadian surveys and studies, workplace stress is a serious health and economic burden, with estimated costs between $3.2 billion and $11.7 billion per year (Hassard et al., 2014; Mental Health Commission of Canada, 2010). Employees who experience high workplace demands, low control, high effort, and low reward are more likely to suffer adverse consequences of a psychologically unsafe workplace (Great West Life Centre for...

RESOURCE TYPE: Book/E-Book Chapter
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018
RESOURCE TYPE: Book/E-Book Chapter
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

Young people who are homeless experience converging and amplified risk due to their developmental stage, as well as the stress, risk behaviours, and associated trauma that often accompany becoming or being homeless. They tend to be immersed in environments characterized by multiple adversities over their lifetime and it is generally agreed that the mental health of these youth is poorer than that of youth who are housed. Most youth report that...

RESOURCE TYPE: Book/E-Book Chapter
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

The majority of families that are homeless are headed by single mothers who have an average of two young children in their care. These mothers are especially vulnerable
because they struggle to meet the basic needs of their children and themselves. In addition to the stress of homelessness, they also often struggle with substance use, and physical and mental health problems (Slesnick, Glassman, Katafiasz, & Collins, 2012). Moreover,...

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