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RESOURCE TYPE: Book/E-Book Chapter
PUBLICATION DATE: 2015

Thomas King (2003) reminds us that “The truth about stories is that that’s all we are” (p. 2). Stories provide the structure through which actions and words are given meaning and value judgments are assigned; they act as our interpretive filters. Many stories are not of our own making, but rather are told about us by others. This is especially true of communities and individuals who experience social marginalization and oppression. It is...

RESOURCE TYPE: Book/E-Book Chapter
PUBLICATION DATE: 2015

All OECD countries have vulnerable populations in need of multiple social service supports. This book looks at how services are integrated, vulnerable groups are defined and populations compare, and at the benefits of integrating services. It identifies good practice and promising common approaches.

RESOURCE TYPE: Book/E-Book Chapter
PUBLICATION DATE: 2015

The goal of harm reduction is to reduce both the individual and societal harms of drug use through knowledge-based interventions that change risk behaviors and risk settings. Chapter 84, “Harm Reduction Policies, Settings, and Challenges” in this textbook gives an overview of harm reduction as a public health policy. This chapter describes the main harm reduction interventions implemented in many countries around the world, synthesizes...

RESOURCE TYPE: Book/E-Book Chapter
PUBLICATION DATE: 1999

Despite HUD’s endorsement of transitional housing as an essential part of a comprehensive continuum of care, consumers, providers, and advocates have frequently disagreed on its value, on the best ways of linking services to housing, and on appropriate mechanisms and sources for funding transitional housing programs. Critics have emphasized the stigma associated with transitional programs as well as the diversion of resources that might...

RESOURCE TYPE: Book/E-Book Chapter
PUBLICATION DATE: 2015

This chapter is written from the authors' collective experiences of conducting a collaborative research project using the arts with ciswomen and trans-women who had experienced homelessness in Toronto, Canada. Coming Together: Homeless Women, Housing and Social Support was an arts- and community-based participatory research (CBPR) project exploring how ciswomen and transwomen with experiences of homelessness build support networks with each...

RESOURCE TYPE: Book/E-Book Chapter
PUBLICATION DATE: 2015

For immigrant women in Canada who endure domestic violence, structural violence is commonly normalized in the forms of poverty, racism, and patriarchy, increasing risk for further harm, such as housing insecurity. This chapter focuses attention on signs of systemic harm that emerge in the words of a group of 37 immigrant women living in three Canadian cities who participated in longitudinal interviews about their experiences of leaving...

RESOURCE TYPE: Book/E-Book Chapter
PUBLICATION DATE: 2014

The participants in this study lived on the streets of Brighton, UK without permanent or stable access to housing. They were part of a larger group that featured on a documentary examining homeless life in Brighton, to which I had collaborated. Interested to find out more, I spent a three-month period in 2012 interviewing them separately about their experiences of homelessness. It quickly became clear that allowing people who had often been...

RESOURCE TYPE: Book/E-Book Chapter
PUBLICATION DATE: 2011

Over the past 10 years, the Office of the Auditor General has audited a broad range of services and federal activities affecting First Nations. Throughout this period we have had the opportunity to visit many of Canada’s First Nations reserves, and to meet with chiefs, councils, and community leaders. We have interviewed hundreds of federal officials and numerous experts on First Nations issues.

It is clear that living conditions are...

RESOURCE TYPE: Book/E-Book Chapter
PUBLICATION DATE: 2003

Numerous studies over the last 20 years have noted that poor housing negatively affects the health, education, and overall social conditions of individuals and communities on reserves (see Appendix A). They have all called for action to address the shortage of adequate housing on reserves. In 2001, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada estimated there were about 89,000 housing units on reserves to accommodate about 97,500 households, a shortage...

RESOURCE TYPE: Book/E-Book Chapter
PUBLICATION DATE: 2012

High school graduation is a critical stepping stone to entering post-secondary education and the workforce and is associated with better overall health outcomes. However, a gap of approximately 30 percentage...

RESOURCE TYPE: Book/E-Book Chapter
PUBLICATION DATE: 2014

There is a dearth of information about specific ways curriculum can address resilience with families with special needs. In this paper, we focus on the way an art and literacy program at a shelter for homeless families fostered resilience. To develop the curriculum for the program we drew on our previous experiences at this shelter , our work with families with special needs across multiple school and community-based programs, and related...

RESOURCE TYPE: Book/E-Book Chapter
PUBLICATION DATE: 2006

Many therapists who have worked with Aboriginal clients remark on how resilient Aboriginal people seem to be. Despite having experienced incredible levels of trauma, losses, etc., most Aboriginal people are still able to function well and are able to lead reasonably healthy lives. Some of them even flourish in spite of their difficult personal and collective histories. These observations raise interesting questions for both therapists and...

RESOURCE TYPE: Book/E-Book Chapter
PUBLICATION DATE: 2014

This chapter presents the perspectives of twelve stakeholders — two policymakers, three advocates, three researchers, three shelter providers, and one formerly homeless parent — on the current state o f family homelessness. In - depth, key informant interviews were individually conducted to understand the effects of homelessness on parents and their children. Interviewees were also asked to discuss federal policies and programs that have...

RESOURCE TYPE: Book/E-Book Chapter
PUBLICATION DATE: 2014

The purpose of this study was to examine an existing data set (Bidell, 2013a) to further explore how specific factors related to LGBT homeless youths’ psychosocial wellbeing and emotional stability. Findings from the initially published study (Bidell, 2013a) and this current analysis were presented at the 1st International Conference on LGBT Psychology and Related Field (Bidell, 2013). LGBT homeless youth (n = 89) were voluntarily recruited...

RESOURCE TYPE: Book/E-Book Chapter
PUBLICATION DATE: 2014

The number of families with children experiencing homelessness increased by over 30% from 2007 to 2011 (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 2011). Of the more than 300,000 children within these families, it is estimated that the majority are under age six (National Center on Family Homelessness, 2009). These young children and their families are disproportionately more likely to experience a myriad of structural, economic,...

RESOURCE TYPE: Book/E-Book Chapter
PUBLICATION DATE: 2010

Traditional service delivery for homeless youths consists of residential as well as outreach and shelter services. Although traditional services aim to mitigate the health, mental health, and social problems of homeless youths, this approach fails to replace their street-survival behaviors with other legal, income-generating activities. Due to its focus on meeting these youths’ basic needs, traditional service provision reflects the remedial...

RESOURCE TYPE: Book/E-Book Chapter
PUBLICATION DATE: 2013

Do Not Delete (Part of E-Book)

RESOURCE TYPE: Book/E-Book Chapter
PUBLICATION DATE: 2013

Do not Delete (Part of E-Book)

RESOURCE TYPE: Book/E-Book Chapter
PUBLICATION DATE: 2013

Do not Delete (Part of E-Book)

RESOURCE TYPE: Book/E-Book Chapter
PUBLICATION DATE: 2013

The evidence for the success of Housing First as a strategy for addressing homelessness is well established by extensive research in Canada and elsewhere. Housing First clearly works, even for the most challenging, chronically homeless individuals and families. Yet in spite of the apparent success of Housing First in many communities, there are barriers to buy-in and implementation. Claims such as ‘It's a fad or a trend’, or ‘It’s an American...

RESOURCE TYPE: Book/E-Book Chapter
PUBLICATION DATE: 2013

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It is a model designed to address the over-representation of Aboriginal people in Edmonton’s homeless population. It shows the ways in which housing is just one part of a Housing First program. It highlights what Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal agencies can do to integrate culture into a Housing First program. The program is an example of how to create an inclusive governance structure to address the needs of different sub-...
RESOURCE TYPE: Book/E-Book Chapter
PUBLICATION DATE: 2013

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This is a case study of a developing practice/program thus providing a glimpse of a very different stage of development. There are no issues with people forgetting the problems and successes clearly since everything is fresh; they’re not looking back in time. Smaller and more rural city than many of the other case studies profiled.

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La présente est une étude de cas d’un système d’intervention axé sur l’...
RESOURCE TYPE: Book/E-Book Chapter
PUBLICATION DATE: 2013

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Shows how a program from a large city can be adapted and replicated in a smaller community. Provides options for providing housing in a tight housing market including a unique Private-Public Housing Initiative. Focuses on episodic and chronically homeless individuals with a mental health and/or addictions issue.

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L’étude montre comment le programme d’une grande ville peut être repris et adapté à une...
RESOURCE TYPE: Book/E-Book Chapter
PUBLICATION DATE: 2013

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The staff team has been documenting the key lessons learned in the implementation of a Housing First program. A set of 10 lessons are included in this case study. Several experts in Housing First –from Canada and the US– have informed the development and adaptation of the model in Lethbridge. Lethbridge was one of the first cities in Canada to develop a Plan to End Homelessness in 2009 and are coming up to the end of the...
RESOURCE TYPE: Book/E-Book Chapter
PUBLICATION DATE: 2013

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The case study explains how the program was built based on the success of a pilot program in Hamilton “Hostels to Homes” that housed 80 people. Profiles unique partnerships developed with police services resulting in coordination with the the EMS Social Navigator who works closely with the T2H program to identify individuals with high needs. The program is currently undergoing a cost-benefit analysis to determine the program...
RESOURCE TYPE: Book/E-Book Chapter
PUBLICATION DATE: 2013

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It is a Housing First program run by women, for women, including trans women. It uses a congregate housing model. They employ harm reduction strategies. It embeds Housing First principles and beliefs with a transitional housing model. The program works with several sub-populations of homeless women including those leaving correctional facilities, working in the sex trade industry and those women with severe mental health...
RESOURCE TYPE: Book/E-Book Chapter
PUBLICATION DATE: 2013

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A program targeted at youth homelessness and adapted to meet the needs of this specific sub-population. Shows how a service organization can adapt its programming to meet client needs. If read in conjunction with the Calgary Homeless Foundation case study it will help provide a broader understanding of the ways in which different models can exist in one community.

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L’étude présente un programme qui s’...
RESOURCE TYPE: Book/E-Book Chapter
PUBLICATION DATE: 2013

Key Features of the Calgary Homeless Foundation model:

Provides a detailed look at “systems-response” and integrated services. Has one of the longest histories in Canada of supporting housing first programs. As a foundation it supports a number of Housing First programs but doesn’t provide direct service delivery. Has some of the most robust data on successes due to the length of history and foresight.

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L’étude trace...
RESOURCE TYPE: Book/E-Book Chapter
PUBLICATION DATE: 2013

In recent years, Housing First has emerged as a key response to homelessness in many parts of the world including the United States, Europe and across Canada. It is considered to be a highly significant policy and practice innovation that has had a dramatic impact on how homelessness is addressed. As the popularity of Housing First grows and takes deeper root across Canada, there is a growing interest in understanding how it works, and how it...

RESOURCE TYPE: Book/E-Book Chapter
PUBLICATION DATE: 2013

Do Not Delete (Part of E-Book)

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