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RESOURCE TYPE: Thesis/Dissertation
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016
Abstract

This interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) study was implemented to explore and describe the initial and long-term motivations of community volunteers within a selected homeless shelter in central Indiana. The settlement house movement of human service delivery was the conceptual framework, which provided guidance and understanding concerning why and how community members provide human services through volunteerism. The...

ORGANIZATION: Boys & Girls Clubs of Calgary
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

Boys & Girls Clubs of Calgary (BGCC) has operated Haven’s Way, a supportive housing program for female youth, since 2004 with support from the Safe Haven Foundation of Canada (SHFC), private donors and more recently, Alberta Human Services. The program has existed since 2000 and was initially operated by its SHFC founders. Since BGCC took operations on, more than 40 young women have had access to the supportive home environment where they...

RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

Alberta's 7 Cities on Housing and Homelessness are the lead organizations responsible for the implementation of local Plans to End Homelessness in Calgary, Edmonton, Wood Buffalo, Grand Prairie, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat and Red Deer. The 7 Cities coordinate local plans at a systems level and align funding resources for greater impact and progress toward ending homelessness.

On October 19, 2016, the second provincially-coordinated Point...

JOURNAL NAME: Geographies of Children and Young People
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

This chapter addresses the work lives of homeless youth drawing upon research that begun in the 1990s and continued into the present (2016) with between 700 and 750 homeless and formerly homeless youth, primarily from the USA, Mexico, and Central America. The youngest was aged 12 and the oldest was 22, but the majority of youth were between the ages of 16 and 19. The chapter argues how homeless youth are a highly mobile population – and...

JOURNAL NAME: Irish Journal of Medical Science
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016
Abstract Background

Homeless people have excessively high morbidity and mortality rates, yet they face barriers accessing primary care. A mobile health clinic, staffed by GP registrars, was developed to provide services to homeless people, particularly rough sleepers and sex workers.

Aim

The aims were to improve access to primary care and to challenge the stereotypes and prejudices of GP registrars through direct contact with homeless...

JOURNAL NAME: AIDS and Behavior
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

Most studies of condomless sex among homeless youth have focused on peer norms, while excluding other potentially pertinent influences. This study explored how different types of relationships contributed to norms about condomless sex and whether such norms were associated with engagement in condomless sex among homeless youth. Additionally, because recent work has noted gender differences in social networks of male and female homeless youth...

ORGANIZATION: First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

Being homeless, whether briefly or for an extended period of time, can be profoundly distressing for whoever undergoes the experience. Though Aboriginal people represent only 4% of the Canadian popu- lation, they make up a much higher proportion of homeless people in Canada (Sider, 2005; Bélanger and al., 2013).

“While making up 4.3% of the total Canadian population, Aboriginal Peoples form a disproportionate percentage of the...

ORGANIZATION: Family Service Toronto
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

A year is a long time in a child’s life. In childhood, the injustice of poverty leaves an indelible mark.

Rapid development within the first year of a child’s life is profound. Parents and caregivers strive to nurture learning and development and ensure children are healthy, safe, secure and thriving.

For families in poverty, the healthy development and safety of their growing children is paramount; yet far too many children are...

ORGANIZATION: Manitoba Centre for Health Policy, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

This report was conducted by the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy (MCHP) at the request of the Healthy Child Committee of Cabinet (HCCC) and Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living (MHSAL). It presents valuable current and cross-departmental information to inform the continued development, implementation, and evaluation of the province’s Child and Youth Mental Health (CYMH) Strategy, with the time frames 2012/13 and earlier, providing a...

RESOURCE TYPE: Thesis/Dissertation
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

Quality of life (QOL) is a treatment outcome for substance use disorders that has largely been overlooked. Research suggests QOL is poor among persons with substance use disorders, even following treatment, but is unclear if this is primarily attributable to substance abuse itself or other life areas. Some evidence suggests other factors are responsible for low QOL, such as psychiatric distress. This paper examined QOL, its changes following...

RESOURCE TYPE: Thesis/Dissertation
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016
Abstract

Homeless women face many psychological and physical challenges to their health, but they often report underutilizing needed healthcare services. This trend in healthcare utilization often leads to further health decline. Research has shown that chronic illness, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) related symptoms, and social support is associated with differential patterns in healthcare utilization. This study examined how...

JOURNAL NAME: Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016
Abstract

Homelessness in recent decades has been seen as highly spatially concentrated in the inner areas of large cities. Recent research suggests that homelessness remains spatially concentrated, though with some evidence of dispersion and the development of multiple clusters. This study analyses the spatial patterns of different types of homelessness under a relatively broad definition in Sydney, Australia using data from the...

JOURNAL NAME: Journal of Aging Studies
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

The concepts of ‘house’ and ‘home’ are compelling and contradictory. They are compelling because they elicit the desired sentiments of permanence, feeling ‘at home’, and maintaining continuity in one's life. At the same time, they can be experienced as contradictory where organizational practices and the socio-cultural imperatives of individual responsibility, cost containment, and rationed services are concerned. Where ‘house’ tends to evoke...

RESOURCE TYPE: Thesis/Dissertation
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

   This thesis examines the Housing First (HF) approach to ending homelessness in Alberta, with a focus on how it has been constrained by shortages of affordable housing. It reports on qualitative multiple case study research centred on three cities that have adopted the Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness policy model: Edmonton, Calgary and Medicine Hat. The objectives of this research were: (1) To assess if constraints on the supply of...

ORGANIZATION: Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Public Policy
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2013

Employment and housing discrimination against New York’s transgender residents costs the state millions of dollars each year. These costs include public assistance and housing expenditures, and lost income tax revenue. According to population figures from the 2010 Census, 23,800 New York transgender residents are not covered by local ordinances that prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity in employment, housing, public...

ORGANIZATION: Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

A new report on Ontario’s Tenant Duty Counsel Program (TDCP) demonstrates that eviction prevention is a vital component of homelessness prevention. Based on a survey of more than 200 tenants accessing TDCP services in Toronto, Ottawa, and Hamilton, as well as interviews with service providers and legal workers at sites across the province, the report sheds light on the circumstances of tenants facing eviction, the supports they require, and...

RESOURCE TYPE: Video/Audio File
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016
Blink's Garden is a musical produced by Siloam Mission in Winnipeg to help students better understand the root causes of homelessness and poverty.

Blink’s Garden began as a short parable, told in schools by Siloam Mission’s community educator John Janzen, about “seeing beauty where others can’t see.” It grew into a 77 stanza “epic kid’s poem” that was adapted into a stage play. Through cooperation with community groups like the Louis Riel...

RESOURCE TYPE: Video/Audio File
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

Bursting at the Seams is a short video on the crisis of brutal overcrowding in Toronto's homeless shelters and a call to action.

Created by the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty, Sanctuary and a group of activists and filmmakers.

RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2015

Every young person belongs and deserves a place to feel safe and comfortable; a place to feel welcomed and loved by family and friends; a place to dream about the future.

But for far too many youth in Cuyahoga County, this place doesn’t exist. Each year, hundreds of young people experience homelessness and housing instability in our community. They lack the consistency, familiarity and stability of a home. And without it,...

ORGANIZATION: The Corporation of the County of Wellington
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2015

Youth homelessness is a challenging, multi-faceted problem. Addressing it effectively requires collaboration among a range of different partners who share a deep understanding of the local context. The need for a grounded local response is especially strong in a rural community, where strategies developed and evaluated in large urban centres may not translate. This action plan is a comprehensive strategy designed to prevent, reduce and end...

ORGANIZATION: The Winnipeg Foundation and the Government of Manitoba
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

Every day, there are at least two hundred youth in Winnipeg without a place to call home. Homelessness has devastating effects on society, communities, and most importantly, youth themselves. Despite innovative responses, strong research, and a sector that works together through the tragedy of homelessness, we have not had the support, alliances, or shared vision required to end youth homelessness. By setting a common direction, Here and Now...

ORGANIZATION: Brandon Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation; A Place to Call Home Steering Committee; A Way Home Canada
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

Implementing the strategies necessary to end youth homelessness is not a simple or straightforward process. It is a multi-step process, and requires learning, testing, gathering information, and evaluating progress along the way. A Place to Call Home: Brandon’s Plan to End Youth Homelessness, (The Plan) is ambitious and bold in its recommendations. To achieve all we have set out to do and truly change the landscape around youth homelessness,...

ORGANIZATION: Minnesota Interagency Council on Homelessness
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2013

Stable housing is out of reach for far too many Minnesotans. Systemic changes over the past several decades have resulted in incomes not keeping pace with the cost of housing. In addition to the more than 10,000 Minnesotans who are homeless on any given night, another 248,000 are paying more than half of their income on housing. This disconnect between incomes and the cost of housing undermines our state’s ability to improve educational...

JOURNAL NAME: Bulletin (Law Society of South Australia)
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

Abstract: What is housing legal clinic?

As I write this, we are in the midst of Anti-Poverty Week - a national initiative designed to bring to the forefront of our minds the fact that many people in this country are living below the poverty line or are in severe financial hardship. In South Australia it is estimated that 1 in 8 people are living below the poverty line. Last week many of us were shocked with the headlines that in...

JOURNAL NAME: Revista Gaúcha de Enfermagem
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016
Objective

To describe the experience of homeless women and their high risk drug use.

Method

Qualitative research whose data were produced by semi-structured interviews conducted with seven women enrolled in a CAPSad in Salvador, Bahia, in the period from October to December 2012.

Results

Theme content analysis was adopted to organize the data that resulted from processing two thematic categories: Gender, violence and drug use...

ORGANIZATION: The Government of Canada
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016
Executive Summary

National consultations were launched to solicit the views of individual Canadians and housing organizations, experts and stakeholders on the vision, outcomes, themes and principles for a National Housing Strategy. This report highlights what was heard during the four-month consultation process. It includes input and analysis from an online survey, expert and stakeholder roundtables, focus groups, and written submissions. It...

ORGANIZATION: Wellesley Institute
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

In Ontario, there is great concern about chronic homelessness and renewed attention to supportive housing for people who live with mental illness or addictions. Energy is devoted to local initiatives, new provincial funding is provided, and attention is given to housing first.

This in-depth report takes a broader look at supportive housing for these populations. We ask, what exists today, and how did it come to be? What different...

RESOURCE TYPE: Book/E-Book Chapter
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016
Book: Sociology of Home: Belonging, Community, and Place in the Canadian Context

The first Canadian collection of its kind, _Sociology of Home_ draws on sociological approaches to family, urban and rural communities, and migration and immigration to discuss the idea of “home”—an intensely personal concept that is, in its varying iterations, bound to larger economic and political systems.

Moving from private homemaking to community...

JOURNAL NAME: Social Indicators Research
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

Although homelessness is inherently associated with social exclusion, homeless individuals are rarely included in conventional studies on social exclusion. Use of longitudinal survey data from a cohort study on homeless people in four major Dutch cities (n = 378) allowed to examine: changes in indicators of social exclusion among homeless people over a 2.5-year period after reporting to the social relief system, and associations between...

JOURNAL NAME: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

The primary objective of this research study is to describe a professional and graduate student–run approach to smoking cessation education combined with motivational interviewing and pharmacotherapy in regard to the frequency of follow-up with a smoking cessation quitline program in the homeless population. The secondary objective is to assess participants’ self-reported level of confidence, knowledge, and willingness to quit before and...

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