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RESOURCE TYPE: Book
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

This book offers a cross-national perspective on contemporary urban renewal in relation to social rental housing. Social housing estates - as developed either by governments (public housing) or not-for-profit agencies - became a prominent feature of the 20th century urban landscape in Northern European cities, but also in North America and Australia. Many estates were built as part of earlier urban renewal, 'slum clearance' programs...

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

This report examines social experiences for mothers and children who are experiencing homelessness in two shelters and one housing program in Calgary, Alberta. Currently, much of the research on homelessness and what works for supporting individuals into sustainable housing comes from research on the single, adult, male population.

This study provides evidence to better understand how families become homeless, and the...

RESOURCE TYPE: Research Summary
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

In North America there are an estimated 2 million street involved youth. Street involved youth have higher rates of infections such as HIV and other STIs. They are also exposed to a greater amount of respiratory illness and malnutrition. Outreach is the first step in service delivery for street involved youth. Organizations approach outreach in several ways, and have different methods for understanding successful outreach.

Outreach is...

RESOURCE TYPE: Research Summary
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

A key challenge in developing solutions to homelessness is that research does not always have a big impact on policy and practice. Typical ways of publishing academic research make it difficult to understand. Research is often presented in ways that make it challenging for policy makers and practitioners to use.

Academic papers and reports are usually published by academic journals. The peer review process is meant to maintain a high...

RESOURCE TYPE: Thesis/Dissertation
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

In Los Angeles County, the most vulnerable of those experiencing homelessness, youth under eighteen, number over 100,000. The negative impact of the trauma and realities of homelessness on their ability to obtain an education, while currently measured in terms of high dropout rates, expulsion, suspension, repeat of grades and other academic setbacks, cannot be fully quantified. In Los Angeles, there is finally an urgency to address the...

RESOURCE TYPE: Thesis/Dissertation
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

43% of all transwomen have been homeless at some point in their lives. For transwomen, discrimination and subjugation, known as cisgenderism, continues as they access shelter services. Housing insecure transwomen are met at the shelter door by staff whose decision making power combines with the invisible effects of cisgenderism, in most cases, to negatively impact this vulnerable population.

Ten persons self-identifying as transwomen,...

ORGANIZATION: Simon Fraser University, Gerontology Research Centre
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Based on the literature review of best practices, the Housing First approach has been shown to achieve remarkable success on a number of homelessness outcomes for homeless persons with mental health and/or substance use problems. However, there remain several sub-populations for whom Housing First interventions have not been sufficiently tested as a best practice in Canada, including older adults, LGBTQ2 youth, and Aboriginal persons.

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

People sleeping on park benches and street corners are the most visible reminder of the United States’ continuing struggle with homelessness. On any given night, over 175,000 people are unsheltered, sleeping outside or in places not meant for human habitation. On a positive note, unsheltered homelessness has been declining nationally for several years, but some jurisdictions, particularly some large cities, report increases.

What is...

ORGANIZATION: Institute for Public Policy Research
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Homelessness across England is on the rise. The number of households accepted as homeless by local authorities, in temporary accommodation, and/or rough sleeping have all increased since 2010. Rates are high in urban areas and yet many households in rural areas are threatened with or experience homelessness due to shortages of affordable housing in rural areas. 

The challenges associated with preventing and relieving homelessness in...

ORGANIZATION: Crisis UK
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Homelessness remains an unsolved problem in Great Britain. It is devastating and dangerous for people, and a wasteful problem for society as a whole.

This summary report is the first part of a two-part study examining the current and projected levels of different categories of homelessness, defined as ‘core’ and ‘wider’ homelessness. The figures set out in this report examine current levels of core homelessness across England, Scotland...

ORGANIZATION: School of Urban Planning, McGill University
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Although great strides have been made in reducing the homeless population in the United States, in January 2015 there were still over 549,000 people who were counted as homeless on one night. A variety of homeless assistance responses exist, ranging from emergency shelters to supportive permanent housing. However the response is not quick enough. In some cities, communities have taken it upon themselves to build tiny house villages as a cost-...

ORGANIZATION: Focus Ireland
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

The study aimed to explore food poverty among families living in emergency homeless accommodation in the Dublin region, and the impact this has on the nutrition and health outcomes of parents and their children.
The study objectives were to:

Understand the prevalence of food poverty among families experiencing homelessness who reside in emergency accommodation. Understand families’ access to food, storage, and cooking facilities in...
JOURNAL NAME: Canadian Journal of Urban Research
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Compared to the wealth of research on single homeless adults, there is little known about homeless families. This paper describes a study of 75 homeless families in Ottawa, Ontario, conducted in 2012-2013. This sample of homeless families includes a large number of newcomer families, including immigrants and refugees. Participants are poor and unemployed, but many are educated, and there is little evidence of alcohol or substance...

ORGANIZATION: Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

This exploratory research was undertaken to review outcomes for youth who have transitioned or “aged-out” of the child protection system in Ontario.

The purpose is to better understand the lasting impact of growing up in the child protection system. The analysis sought to synthesize data from selected academic and “gray literature” (media stories or articles written by professionals in the field) and supplement it with information...

JOURNAL NAME: Geoforum
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Drawing on findings from a study of Indigenous housing in a regional Western Australian city, this paper examines the experiences of Indigenous peoples as a particular set of ‘right bearers’ within the right-to-the-city discourse. In settler-states, colonial discourses of absence, threat, and authenticity have informed policy frameworks that have militated against various Indigenous claims of belonging, rights, and aspiration in relation to...

JOURNAL NAME: Journal of Financial Therapy
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Economic stress exacts many social and psychological costs on the quality of individual and family life. This study examined the relationships between objective economic stressors, personal and social coping resources, and financial strain. Two waves of data from the National Survey of Families and Households (NSFH) were used to examine variations in the cultural utilization patterns of coping resources among whites (n=4,943), blacks...

JOURNAL NAME: Psychology of Addictive Behaviors: Journal of the Society of Psychologists in Addictive Behaviors
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Homeless young adults exhibit high rates of alcohol and other drug (AOD) use and sexual risk behaviors. This study is a secondary analysis of data collected in a randomized clinical trial of AWARE, a new 4 session group motivational interviewing intervention. AWARE mainly focused on alcohol use and sexual risk behavior given focus group feedback. We used sequential coding to analyze how the group process affected both AOD use and sexual risk...

JOURNAL NAME: Journal of Public and Nonprofit Affairs
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

In 2009, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) set a goal to end veteran homelessness by 2015. Since then there has been a 36% reduction in homelessness due, in part, to the VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program. These services include the receipt of home-based services to the veterans’ home. However, safety concerns and the threat of violence toward health care workers remain problematic in non-institutional care settings. This article...

JOURNAL NAME: Psychiatric Services
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017
Objective

The SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) program has been shown to increase access to Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability Insurance benefits among homeless adults. However, little empirical data exist on how or for whom SOAR achieves successful application outcomes. This study investigated applicant and application characteristics associated with disability application outcomes among homeless adults...

RESOURCE TYPE: Thesis/Dissertation
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Homeless young women become pregnant at exceptionally high rates, and such pregnancies often pose serious emotional, social, and physical health concerns. Perhaps surprisingly, many homeless youth intentionally seek to become pregnant or involved in pregnancy, as pregnancy and parenthood are viewed as conduits toward accessing social services and meaningful social connections to others that this group often lacks. However, most prevention...

RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Federal real property is on GAO’s high risk list partly because some agencies, like VA, have large amounts of underutilized or vacant space. In an effort to develop some of these unneeded properties, VA has worked with private partners to convert its unneeded space into supportive housing for veterans and other purposes using EULs.

Congress included a provision in statute for GAO to review VA’s EUL program. This report examines: 1) VA’...

ORGANIZATION: Zillow Research
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

The relationship between housing costs and homelessness has important implications for the way that city and county governments respond to increasing homeless populations. Though many analyses in the public policy literature have examined inter-community variation in homelessness rates to identify causal mechanisms of homelessness (Byrne et al., 2013; Lee et al., 2003; Fargo et al., 2013), few studies have examined time-varying homeless...

JOURNAL NAME: BMC Public Health
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017
Background

Housing is a key determinant of the poor health of Aboriginal Australians. Most Aboriginal people live in cities and large towns, yet research into housing conditions has largely focused on those living in remote areas. This paper measures the prevalence of housing problems amongst participants in a study of urban Aboriginal families in New South Wales, Australia, and examines the relationship between tenure type and exposure to...

JOURNAL NAME: Girlhood Studies
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

In this article, based on research I conducted in Western Canada, I discuss the significance of the emerging influence of social media on the overrepresentation of Indigenous girls in sexually exploitative situations. In interviews I conducted with Indigenous sexual exploitation survivors and intervention staff I found that social media is being used to recruit Indigenous girls and keep them exploited in three distinct ways: targeting girls...

JOURNAL NAME: Revista Gaucha de Enfermagem
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017
Objective

To discover the generators of disruptions in social support networks and identify the everyday life and projects of life of homeless people.

Method

Ethnographic study conducted between 2012 and 2013 in Ribeirão Preto -SP, Brazil. The participants were fifteen homeless people. Data were collected through video-recorded interviews addressing histories of life and a field diary. Data analysis was based on Habermas' Theory of...

RESOURCE TYPE: Thesis/Dissertation
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

The goal of this research is to understand how work (both formal and informal) is situated within the lives of homeless youth and how this intersect is affected by peer networks and relationships developed on the streets. This research aims to increase understanding on whether homelessness and formal work are compatible through highlighting the everyday challenges that affect homeless youth in their struggles to successfully transition off...

JOURNAL NAME: Dimensions in Health: A Sample of Rural and Global Health Issues
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

No segment of America’s vulnerable population is as invisible as are the rural homeless. This invisibility, along with other factors, has contributed heavily to this group’s social neglect. Society’s mental image of the homeless is set in an urban context, overwhelmingly represented by unemployed, disheveled men who inhabit street corners or freeway off-ramps. When asked about the homeless, the public conjures up visions of these men going...

RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

In 2002, the Indianapolis Housing Task Force published the Blueprint to End Homelessness, an ambitious 10-year strategy to end homelessness in Indianapolis by 2012. The Blueprint called for regular reports and evaluation of progress toward the Blueprint’s goals. The Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention (CHIP), charged with moving the Blueprint forward, has completed its own annual Community Progress Reports for 2009, 2010,...

JOURNAL NAME: Windsor Reiew. Legal & Social Issues
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

This paper addresses recent developments in case law surrounding the recognition of a right to housing under section 7 of the Charter. I argue that for a right to housing to be guaranteed, section 7 interpretations must be expanded in scope to be beyond criminal law. Additionally, section 7 must be expanded to include positive rights. Reviewing the trajectory of Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) decisions, I find there is room for optimism on...

RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Each year approximately 700,000 individuals return home from state prisons in the United States and an additional 9 million are released from county jails and more than ten percent of those coming in and out of prisons and jails are homeless in the months preceding their incarceration (Council on State Governments, 2016). Being homeless, unstably housed, or living in a high crime neighborhood all heighten someone’s risk of reoffending (...

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