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RESOURCE TYPE: Book
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Rapidly surging house prices, historically low rental vacancies, long waitlists for social housing, and a massive homelessness epidemic--all these have led to many British Columbians feeling trapped in their current housing situation. In Make Housing Central, Kishone Roy, CEO of the B.C. Non-Profit Housing Association, tells the story of the affordable housing crisis in B.C. and proposes a realistic long-term plan to solve it.

ORGANIZATION: True Colors Fund
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Whenever decisions are being made that impact young people, it’s important that youth are at the table and have equitable decision-making responsibilities. This can look a number of different ways: working with young people to establish a youth leadership body, including one or more youth representatives on a board of directors, and creating opportunities for young people to speak for themselves. Young people who are receiving services should...

ORGANIZATION: Fraser Valley Regional District
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

This 2017 report on homelessness in the Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) documents the process and findings, with analysis, of a 24-hour point-in-time survey conducted March 7 and 8, 2017 in the communities of Abbotsford, Mission, Chilliwack, Agassiz–Harrison, Hope, and Boston Bar. 

In the context of this survey, homeless persons are defined as persons with no fixed address, with no regular and/or adequate nighttime residence...

ORGANIZATION: The School of Public Policy
RESOURCE TYPE: Report Card
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

In 2008, Calgary embarked on a 10-year plan to address homelessness. This report cart provides measures of the progress made in that regard. 

Despite rapid population growth, the number of single adults staying in Calgary’s emergency shelters is trending downward.

Since 2008 the number of stays in emergency shelters, measured as a percentage of Calgary’s adult population, has fallen by nearly 40%. This success has been achieved...

ORGANIZATION: Royal Roads University
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017
This inquiry used an action research methodology to engage a youth emergency homeless shelter (YES) in Peterborough, Ontario, around better supporting their clients. Through this inquiry, the following research question was explored: What strategies can YES adopt to strengthen rapid rehousing, while still addressing the complex needs of clients? To address this question, four youth clients, eight YES shelter staff, and three individuals from an...
ORGANIZATION: Homelessness Partnering Strategy, the University of Ottawa, a working group of community participants
RESOURCE TYPE: Toolkit
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Developed collaboratively with the HPS, the University of Ottawa and a working group of community participants, the See Yourself as a Partner: Guide to Community Partnership Development is a how-to on addressing homelessness through partnerships. It includes key considerations, questions, checklists templates and other tools to create, maintain and evaluate community partnerships.

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

In a caring and affluent society like Canada, it is unacceptable that any young person would become entrenched in homelessness as a result of family breakdown and systems failures. Despite little evidence that we are reducing youth homelessness, we continue to rely on crisis responses such as emergency shelters and day programs. Even worse, it is objectionable to simply rely on a crisis response to address the issue, exposing young people to...

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

This study examines the decision-making skills of emerging adults that have aged out of foster care and transitioned to independent life. Emerging adults face a wide variety of life-direction determining decisions and those aging out of foster care experience even more significant transitional issues. Youth aging out of foster care may lack the requisite decision-making competencies for coping with these challenges. This study compares the...

JOURNAL NAME: The American Review of Public Administration
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Studies indicate LGBTQ youth are at higher risk of homelessness (2–13 times) than their heterosexual cisgender counterparts and that they represent a substantial portion of youth utilizing housing and shelter services. Some authors have provided anecdotal (rather than empirical) examples of LGBTQ youth experiencing abuse or mistreatment in shelters; most studies focusing on LGBTQ homeless youth have been conducted in large cities and have...

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

Studies indicate LGBTQ youth are at higher risk of homelessness (2–13 times) than their heterosexual cisgender counterparts and that they represent a substantial portion of youth utilizing housing and shelter services. Some authors have provided anecdotal (rather than empirical) examples of LGBTQ youth experiencing abuse or mistreatment in shelters; most studies focusing on LGBTQ homeless youth have been conducted in large cities and have...

JOURNAL NAME: American Journal of Health Promotion
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017
Purpose:

To examine attitudes toward tobacco control policies among older African American homeless-experienced smokers.

Approach:

A qualitative study.

Setting:

Oakland, California.

Participants:

Twenty-two African American older homeless-experienced smokers who were part of a longitudinal study on health and health-related outcomes (Health Outcomes of People Experiencing Homelessness in Older Middle Age...

JOURNAL NAME: Sociological Forum
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Intimate partner and community violence are an unrelenting presence in the lives of homeless Latina and African American women and their children. Impoverished neighborhoods are inundated with public acts of violence that impact daily life in profound ways....

JOURNAL NAME: Child Abuse & Neglect
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

This study investigated the perceptions of foster parents of children with disabilitiesconcerning their interactions with school personnel. We conducted semi-structured...

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

Smoke-free policies effectively reduce secondhand smoke (SHS) exposure among non-smokers, and reduce consumption, encourage quit attempts, and minimize relapse to smoking among smokers. Such policies are uncommon in permanent supportive housing (PSH) for formerly homeless individuals. In this study, we collaborated with a PSH provider in San Diego, California to assess a smoke-free policy that restricted indoor smoking. Between August and...

JOURNAL NAME: PLOS One
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Despite their poor health status, homeless women encounter many barriers to care. The objectives of our study were to estimate the prevalence of unmet healthcare needs in homeless women and to analyse associated relationships with the following factors: financial and spatial access to care, housing history, migration status, healthcare utilisation, victimization history, caring for children, social network and self-perceived health status....

JOURNAL NAME: Social Work and Social Sciences Review
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Abstract: The current study is an investigation of homelessness from the viewpoint of the homeless, to determine the extent homeless individuals can provide information about causes of their homelessness, resources they need to leave the sheltered environment and attitudes about their current living arrangements. The 51 male and 52 female homeless participants in this study provided information about causes, resources needed and attitudes....

JOURNAL NAME: World Medical & Health Policy
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

As is the case across the nation, youth in California experiencing homelessness are often undercounted and overlooked. We Count, California!, a collaboration between the California Homeless Youth Project and the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health was formed to support California communities in better counting and describing their homeless youth in the 2015 Point-in-Time (PIT) count. Project activities included a series...

RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Background and Aim: There is a lack of information about the nutritional health of homeless youth, one of the most vulnerable populations within society. Nutritional health influences the risk for poorer health outcomes. Homeless youth experience various challenges that could be related to their nutritional health. The goal of this study is to characterize the nutritional and dietary status of a sample of homeless youth in a Midwestern city...

RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Homeless girls are victims of physical, sexual, and psychological abuse more frequently than the rest of the population. Consequently, their well-being is severely affected. Nonetheless, there is little information about this social group which leads to lack of proper care that, in turn, reduces their quality of life. This research was conducted to develop and test a path model of well-being in a group of 240 Mexican homeless girls aged 6–23...

JOURNAL NAME: Social Work and Social Sciences Review
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Homelessness is a global phenomenon that is escalating for economic, social, structural and political reasons. Many organisations render services to the homeless in the inner city of Tshwane (Region Three), but these services have not been explored. This article discusses a qualitative research study focusing on the social services rendered to the homeless in Tshwane Region Three. Beneficiaries of the services include men, women and children...

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

To help create an evidence base in Europe for effective interventions that improve the well-being of homeless people, we tested whether critical time intervention (CTI), a time-limited intervention developed to support vulnerable people during times of transition, is effective outside the United States. For this multicenter, parallel-group randomized controlled trial, 183 adults who were moving from shelters in the Netherlands to supported or...

RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Chantal Butchinsky aims to explore the ways that neoliberal urban policies have affected the lives of homeless people and discusses how street homeless people deploy survival and resistance strategies in neoliberal cities. Research using an anthropological methodology focuses particularly on the case study of a chronically homeless man, Double Diamond. ‘Roll out’ neoliberal policies since the 1980s have created a ‘new regime’, whereby city...

JOURNAL NAME: Statistics Canada Health Reports
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Based on results of the 2012 Canadian Community Health Survey–Mental Health, 1.2% of Canadians aged 15 to 64 (an estimated 282,000) experienced mental and substance use disorders concurrently in the previous year (at least one mood/anxiety disorder and one substance use disorder). Demographic, socioeconomic, health status and service use characteristics of the concurrent disorder group were compared with those of people who had only a mood/...

RESOURCE TYPE: Thesis/Dissertation
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

The primary purpose of this research study is to explore the narratives of individuals experiencing homelessness within Waterloo Region as well as the practices of those working with the homeless population. The experience of homelessness is often met with an intersection of complex issues including mental health, substance abuse, deteriorating physical health, trauma, etc. Within this study, the concept of “home” and “community” are explored...

ORGANIZATION: Stratford Canada
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017
2016 Update

This annual report highlights the achievements made in Year 3 (2016) of the 10-Year Housing and Homelessness Plan (“Plan”) for Stratford, Perth County and St. Marys (2014-2024). It captures our progress to date, according to each of the strategic priorities of the Plan, and identifies key activities that are underway for Year 4 (2017), with the goal of strengthening our community’s approach to preventing homelessness, promoting...

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

Before us is a significant opportunity to reimagine the federal government’s leadership role in homelessness. After more than 25 years of declining spending on affordable housing, the Government of Canada is launching a National Housing Strategy (NHS) with a 10-year investment in expanding the supply of affordable housing and enhancing sustainable longterm housing outcomes for Canadians. A key pillar of the NHS will be a renewal and redesign...

ORGANIZATION: Trent University
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

This report contributes to the knowledge about youth homelessness in Peterborough and provides a local perspective on the factors associated with entrance into homelessness. The report begins with a detailed literature review of the established pathways into youth homelessness in Canada and details the characteristics of the homeless youth population both locally and nationally, as well as the individual, relational, institutional, and...

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...

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