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RESOURCE TYPE: Toolkit
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017
Are you living (or looking to live) with Roommates?

For many people who are renting, getting a roommate is a way to make it affordable.

A greater and increasing proportion of households are roommate situations. The Residential Tenancy Act has gaps when applied to roommates: legal issues related to subletting and joint tenancies; inadequate paperwork; lack of knowledge of the legal options; and lack of protection and avenues to pursue...

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: Canadian Observatory on Homelessness
RESOURCE TYPE: Toolkit
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

This toolkit is designed to help communities plan and implement accurate Point-in-Time Counts in Canada. The content is aligned with the requirements of the 2018 Coordinated Count, as described in the Government of Canada’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy.

The toolkit complements Everyone...

ORGANIZATION: Eva's Initiatives
RESOURCE TYPE: Toolkit
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

The Family Reconnect Toolkit has been developed for groups and communities across the country interested in exploring family intervention methods in responding to homeless and atrisk youth. The Toolkit is based on Eva’s Family Reconnect Program and was created to inform program development and broad community responses.

Working in partnership with youth, families and community, the Family Reconnect Program is a leader in ensuring that...

ORGANIZATION: Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Early Childhood Development Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH)
RESOURCE TYPE: Toolkit
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Supportive housing for families with young children is an ideal environment to increase parent/caregiver understanding of how they can positively impact early learning. Being exposed to a safe, stable, and developmentally appropriate environment while young is important to healthy child development. This new tool contains recommendations for making supportive housing, both scattered site and single site, safe and developmentally appropriate...

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

Identifying and prioritizing adults experiencing chronic and episodic homelessness are two core components of the federal Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) and many local Housing First plans. In 2015, a task force convened by the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness and the Mental Health Commission of Canada...

ORGANIZATION: FEANTSA
RESOURCE TYPE: Toolkit
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

The Guide is a resource about Housing First in Europe. It has been designed to explain what Housing First is and how it actually works in a range of European contexts. It sets out the core principles of Housing First and shows how these are implemented in different settings.

The Guide is the first European resource of its kind. As Housing First has taken off in Europe, a growing demand has emerged for knowledge and expertise. Until...

ORGANIZATION: The Way Home
RESOURCE TYPE: Toolkit
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

NEST is The Way Home’s effort to prevent and end homelessness among youth and young adults who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning (LGBTQ) by 2020 in Houston, Harris County, and Fort Bend County. Public systems are a critical intervention point: schools, child welfare, and juvenile justice all represent opportunities for risk identification and mitigation for this group. A range of responses is needed: Families need...

ORGANIZATION: The University of Winnipeg
RESOURCE TYPE: Toolkit
PUBLICATION DATE: 2015
Background and Purpose of the Toolkit

This ‘toolkit and resource guide’ is intended to be a short, accessible guide for organizations wanting to help their tenants build long-term, stable tenancies. The toolkit provides an scan of tools used by organizations undertaking eviction prevention work — also known as housing retention or housing stabilization. This toolkit is based on the larger work,...

ORGANIZATION: Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network
RESOURCE TYPE: Toolkit
PUBLICATION DATE: 2012

This guide was created to provide the addiction treatment and recovering community with practical information and tools to enhance their capacity to engage in effective stigma reduction efforts.

ORGANIZATION: FEANTSA
RESOURCE TYPE: Toolkit
PUBLICATION DATE: 2013

This toolkit has been created by people with lived experience of homelessness alongside 10 organisations from across Europe working in the fields of homelessness, social policy, civic participation and education.

Positive participation is about using a wide range of tools and techniques to meet the needs of different people and situations. So this toolkit contains 25 suggested tools to help facilitate participation in your service,...

ORGANIZATION: SAMSHA
RESOURCE TYPE: Toolkit
PUBLICATION DATE: 2012

This Top Health Issues for LGBT Populations Information & Resource Kit, provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), presents an overview of current health issues among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) populations. While many challenges exist with regards to the availability of data, this kit aims to create awareness among prevention...

ORGANIZATION: The National Learning Community on Youth Homelessness
RESOURCE TYPE: Toolkit
PUBLICATION DATE: 2015

The goal of this Toolkit is help staff and organizations become better allies of LGBTQ2S youth. In order to do this, we need to create welcoming and affirming spaces for LGBTQ2S youth. Before we can create welcoming and affirming spaces we need to understand the current context of what our spaces are like for LGBTQ2S youth. Following this, we need to ask young...

ORGANIZATION: Canada Without Poverty
RESOURCE TYPE: Toolkit
PUBLICATION DATE: 2015

For over 4.8 million people in Canada every day, poverty is a reality; a struggle to find employment, to pay rent, to put food on the table and to generally make ends meet. Poverty is defined at an international level as the denial of fundamental human rights that are inherent to every person.

With the absense of a federal strategy to address poverty, provinces, territories and municipalities have stepped up with poverty reduction...

ORGANIZATION: National Alliance to End Homelessness
RESOURCE TYPE: Toolkit
PUBLICATION DATE: 2010

The National Alliance to End Homelessness and the National Network for Youth, along with communities across the country, is strongly committed to improving knowledge on the size and nature of youth homelessness – knowledge that is necessary to solve the problem. 

A critical first step is to ensure that homeless youth are included in all homeless counts. Accordingly, the Alliance and the National Network encourage communities to fully...

ORGANIZATION: National Alliance to End Homelessness
RESOURCE TYPE: Toolkit
PUBLICATION DATE: 2015
How to engage the media

Here are the steps that the National Alliance to End Homelessness recommends you take when you release your PIT Count Data

Send out a press release announcing a decline or increase in homelessness in your community, and connecting this to current policy asks. Contact your local paper and propose an op-ed to run at the same time as any story featuring your community’s PIT...
ORGANIZATION: FEANTSA
RESOURCE TYPE: Toolkit
PUBLICATION DATE: 2006

FEANTSA, the European Federation of organisations working with people who are homeless, has promoted and facilitated transnational exchanges between homeless services across Europe for the last 20 years. Analysis and reviews of homeless policies in this framework have revealed that a variety of approaches exist to combating homelessness. Most countries have integrated several of the 10 approaches listed below. FEANTSA believes that the most...

ORGANIZATION: CSH
RESOURCE TYPE: Toolkit
PUBLICATION DATE: 2015

While in many instances foster care is entirely appropriate in order to ensure the safety and well-being of children, child removal is the option of last resort for the child welfare agency. Research indicates that Keeping Families Together is generally better for children, parents and the community.

This guide is for agencies creating supportive housing for homeless and child welfare-involved families.

RESOURCE TYPE: Toolkit
PUBLICATION DATE: 2009

Over the past fifteen years, there has been growing acknowledgement of several interrelated facts concerning the prevalence and impact of trauma in the lives of people in contact with various human service systems. We advocate for trauma-informed service approaches for a number of reasons.

This toolkit explores the importance of acknowledging trauma in homelessness services, and presents a self-assessment tool...

ORGANIZATION: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of Community Planning and Development
RESOURCE TYPE: Toolkit
PUBLICATION DATE: 2012

This guide describes recommended methods for collecting data on sheltered homeless populations, that is, homeless persons residing in emergency shelter, transitional housing or Safe Havens. Beginning in 2012, all CoCs will be required to conduct an annual sheltered PIT count. The count must include population and subpopulation data. Originally published in 2006, it is a companion to HUD’s Guide to Counting Unsheltered Homeless People and...

RESOURCE TYPE: Toolkit
PUBLICATION DATE: 2010

The Canadian Social Enterprise Guide was originally published in 2006 and was the first extensive and comprehensive published resource, tool kit, and collection of social enterprise stories in Canada. The revised 2nd Edition of the Guide reflects the learning of Enterprising Non-Profits program and its 10 years of supporting the development and success of social enterprise through technical assistance and resource development. The Guide...

ORGANIZATION: RainCity Housing and Support Society
RESOURCE TYPE: Toolkit
PUBLICATION DATE: 2015

The 3.5-hour workshop is meant to inspire staff members of homeless serving/housing organizations who are exploring the possibility of adopting the Housing First model. The presentation is based on the power of finding shared values, focusing on strengths, and connecting to human stories – the kind of approaches move people to action. We’ve created this as an opportunity to better understand what the five interrelated Housing First principles...

ORGANIZATION: Native Women’s Association of Canada
RESOURCE TYPE: Toolkit
PUBLICATION DATE: 2015

This new toolkit, You Are Not Alone: A Toolkit for Aboriginal Women Escaping Domestic Violence, provides Aboriginal women with community safety planning resources to address domestic violence. The toolkit also includes a Who’s Who: Domestic Violence Resource Guide of services available to Aboriginal women in every province and territory.

ORGANIZATION: United States Interagency Council on Homelessness
RESOURCE TYPE: Toolkit
PUBLICATION DATE: 2006

This brief provides an introduction to Housing First, an approach that centers on providing homeless people with housing quickly and then providing services as needed. What differentiates a Housing First approach from other strategies is that there is an immediate and primary focus on helping individuals and families quickly access and sustain permanent housing. This approach has the benefit of being consistent with what most people...

ORGANIZATION: National Alliance to End Homelessness
RESOURCE TYPE: Toolkit
PUBLICATION DATE: 2008

This toolkit provides an overview of performance measurement 101, including how to design a system and build it from scratch, using data to manage or change a homeless system, and understanding and implementing system-level performance measurement.  
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ORGANIZATION: Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Early Childhood Development, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
RESOURCE TYPE: Toolkit
PUBLICATION DATE: 2014

The Early Childhood Self-Assessment Tool for Family Shelters is intended to help shelter staff ensure their facilities are safe and appropriate for the development of young children.

In this tool, you will find recommendations and information on how your shelter environment, programming, policies, and staff can support early childhood safety and development. Similar tools have been developed and implemented with much success in child...

ORGANIZATION: National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty
RESOURCE TYPE: Toolkit
PUBLICATION DATE: 2014

This advocacy manual is a companion piece to No Safe Place. It is meant to be an additional resource for legal and policy advocates working on the ground to combat criminalization in their communities. The manual begins with an Executive Summary that focuses on trends in criminalization case law. We then focus on public advocacy to combat...

ORGANIZATION: Calgary Homeless Foundation
RESOURCE TYPE: Toolkit
PUBLICATION DATE: 2014

Calgary has a locally-administered Homeless Management Information System (HMIS). This electronic database collects and securely stores information about Calgary’s homeless population. The HMIS is currently being implemented across Calgary’s System of Care. To date, 30 agencies are using HMIS to deliver more than 90 programs.

This document covers the strategic planning needs and hurdles for implementing and maintaining an HMIS.

ORGANIZATION: National Alliance to End Homelessness
RESOURCE TYPE: Toolkit
PUBLICATION DATE: 2014

This toolkit is designed to provide sample materials organizations and rapid re-housing program staff can use as a part of rapid re-housing. Rapid re-housing has three core components: housing identification, financial rent and more-in assistance, and rapid re-housing case management and services. These tools mainly focus on the first core component of housing identification.

ORGANIZATION: Ohio Domestic Violence Network (ODVN)
RESOURCE TYPE: Toolkit
PUBLICATION DATE: 2011

Needs and Resources Assessment

Highlights from CDC PIES (Planning, Implementation, Evaluation, and Sustainability) Guidance on Step 1: Needs and Resources Assessment (NARA)

The Needs and Resources Assessment addresses the following two questions:

What are the needs and conditions that must be addressed in your community or state to prevent sexual violence and/or intimate partner violence? What resources are...

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