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ORGANIZATION: Y-Foundation
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

The handbook A Home of Your Own is a publication by the Y-Foundation.

The Y-Foundation, one of the key national developers of the Housing First principle in Finland, has published a handbook A Home of Your Own – Housing First and ending Homelessness in Finland to answer the many questions we have received from professionals and policy-makers over the years.

This book describes in detail why Finland has become the...

ORGANIZATION: The Canadian Observatory on Homelessness, A Way Home Canada
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

Are we making significant headway on youth homelessness in Canada? Are we stopping young people from becoming homeless? Are we ensuring that young people transition out of homelessness quickly, and that they do not become homeless again?

 It is time that we started taking a good, hard look at these questions. In our efforts to end homelessness, we have primarily focused on providing emergency services and supports to young people...

ORGANIZATION: United Way
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018
A Vision for Tomorrow

On any given night, more than 6,000 Canadian youths are homeless. Young people account for one in five of the people living in Canada’s homeless shelters. In Kingston the figure was more acute in 2013. One in three shelter residents here were between the ages of 15 and 24.*

To help these vulnerable young people put their homelessness behind them and live safe, productive lives, the United Way Kingston, Frontenac,...

ORGANIZATION: Campaign 2000
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017
Introduction  As Canada’s 150th year since confederation closes, it is time to usher in a new poverty-free era. Decades of neo-liberal austerity have eroded Canada’s progress towards a strong social safety net. With over 1.2 million children and families in poverty, a transformational response to the complexity of poverty is overdue. It is time for a new social contract with a renewed foundation built on equity and dignity. The goal must be...
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017
OVERVIEW

There is a growing number of Australians experiencing, or at risk of homelessness, impacting on around 22,000 people in Victoria on any given day. Homelessness is often concentrated in inner city areas, and in the 2016 homelessness Registry Week survey undertaken in Melbournea there were 161 people sleeping rough. Homeless services in Melbourne and around the country are increasingly struggling to meet demand, compounded by the...

ORGANIZATION: Vancouver Island Public Interest Research Group
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017
Executive Summary Background  Finding affordable housing on and off-campus is becoming increasingly difficult for postsecondary students in Victoria, British Columbia. Lack of affordable housing has far-reaching impacts for both individual health and wellness and society. Methodology The intent of this study was to explore the experiences of students as they relate to rising housing costs in Victoria and beyond. Specifically, we wanted to...
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017
The Need for Supportive Housing

The provision of safe and secure housing has been identified as a key factor in supporting the success of teen families (Corlyon & Stock, 2011). When parents and their children lack access to safe, secure, and affordable housing, families can become stuck in a cycle of poverty, with negative implications for healthy child development (Graham & McDermott, 2006). Teen parents often struggle to attain...

ORGANIZATION: Old Strathcona Community Mapping and Planning Committee
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

This document accompanies the final report for Youth Bans: Policy, Implementation, and the Perspectives of Youth and Stakeholders. This community-based participatory research project responded to a need identified by local service providers to investigate the banning of youth who are homeless or without secure and adequate housing, as many youth indicate confusion about their bans. This environmental scan reviewed relevant local policies...

ORGANIZATION: The Old Strathcona Community Mapping and Planning Committee (OSCMAP)
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

This 2015-2017 community-based participatory research study responds to a need identified by service providers to investigate the banning of youth who are homeless or without secure and adequate housing. For this project, “banning” refers to the practice of formally informing a person they must leave an area, service, or property, and not return for a specified amount of time. Previous research has examined the banning of activities...

RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Outline of rent assistance available in Manitoba. 

RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

The Poverty Report attempts to provide a comprehensive image of what poverty is in Brandon. Given the existing work and research that is being done in the community, Statistics Canada, and many other organizations, there is no shortage of quality information on poverty and its indicators in Brandon. However, no one report has yet to cohesively amalgamate this...

ORGANIZATION: Best Start Resource Centre
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

This manual is a reference for service providers working with families living in poverty who have children under age six. These families face many challenges as a result of living in poverty and often turn to service providers for support in the navigation of these challenges and for needed services.

In order to be effective in their work, it is important that all service providers who work with families living in poverty:...

ORGANIZATION: Canadian Observatory on Homelessness; Daybreak Non‐Profit Housing
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

This report presents findings from the LGBTQ2S (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, Two‐Spirit) Adult Housing Needs Assessment. The report is prepared for Daybreak Non‐Profit Housing and the study received funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. The purpose of the needs assessment was to examine the housing and support needs of LGBTQ2S adults who have experienced homelessness. It is an important area of research, as there is a...

ORGANIZATION: Homes for Families
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Structural issues are at the core of the experience of homelessness for Massachusetts families. As a group, homeless families experience deep poverty and work in low-wage jobs in a market that lacks affordable housing. Other factors that either contribute to, or are a consequence of, homelessness include intimate partner violence (IPV),7 unaddressed issues of traumatic stress and depression,8, 9, 10, 11 and challenges to parenting.12 For...

ORGANIZATION: Urban Institute
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

The purpose of this study was to develop and pretest a human trafficking screening tool (HTST) to capture the victimization experiences of young people involved in the child welfare (CW) and runaway and homeless youth (RHY) systems, as practitioners in these systems lacked such a consensus screening tool. The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) contracted with the Urban Institute to develop this tool in response to the 2014...

RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Every March, the Ontario Association of Food Banks (OAFB) network of members and agencies participates in Food Banks Canada’s National Hunger Count Survey.  The Ontario Association of Food Banks uses this data, which is provided by the food bank network, to analyze yearly trends related to food insecurity and the food bank use. The annual Hunger Report is released each December, and...

ORGANIZATION: Calgary Homeless Foundation
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Over the last decade, governments across Canada have increasingly mandated that policies and programmes to address homelessness follow a Housing First approach. Such an approach suggests that someone who is experiencing homelessness should be housed immediately, and any individual-level factors that contributed to their homelessness, such as mental health issues and addictions, will be addressed afterwards. The uptake of Housing First has...

ORGANIZATION: Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Missed Opportunities: National Estimates summarizes the results of the Voices of Youth Count national survey that estimates the percentage of United States youth, ages 13 to 25, who have experienced unaccompanied homelessness at least once during a recent 12-month period. Results show that approximately one in 10 American young adults ages 18 to 25, and at least one in 30 adolescent minors ages 13 to 17, endures some form of homelessness....

ORGANIZATION: The Canadian Observatory on Homelessness, Eva’s Initiatives For Homeless Youth
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

BACKGROUND 

In general, youth service providers have a strong interest in learning how effective they are in improving the quality of life for youth experiencing homelessness. But it has proven difficult to identify a coherent framework in which to measure outcomes, and young people's voices have not traditionally been brought into the evaluation process as the people most impacted by these services. 

With...

ORGANIZATION: Laurentian University, University of Sudbury
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Abstract: This special issue describes a multi-year community-university research alliance that explores issues related to poverty, homelessness, housing and migration in a vast region within northern Ontario, Canada. This introductory article explains the approach to the methodology used in the project and provides and an integrative perspective to the studies undertaken. The six articles presented in this special issue are...

ORGANIZATION: University of Alberta
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Abstract: In this article, Lefebvre’s theory of space is utilized to understand the competing patterns in the use of public space by two different groups: the general public and homeless people as a sub-group. The general public perceives public space as distinctly separate from private space while the pri-vate space of homeless people is public space. This creates a dichotomy in their respective relationships to public space and...

ORGANIZATION: University of Sudbury
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Abstract: When a federal government report recom-mended that the community of Kashechewan First Nation be relocated to Timmins Ontario, the commu-nity leadership decided to conduct its own community consultations. Direct and meaningful input from the community was the focus of this community-based initiative involving all age groups. This participatory research project was headed and conducted by Cree people who worked as a team to ensure...

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

Abstract:  This study fills a gap in the literature by expanding knowledge about migratory/transient homelessness in a northern Ontario context. Con-ducted in Sudbury (Ontario) Canada, this multi-methods study included an analysis of existing quan-titative and qualitative data (from 2000-2007), a sur-vey of homeless persons (2009) and focus groups with service users and providers (2009). Key findings indicate that migrants constitute about a...

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

Abstract: This article describes a study on home-lessness within a First Nation community (NEO FN), including the characteristics and reasons for home-lessness, the size of the at risk population, service utilization, the impact of homelessness and models of collaboration between agencies. An objective was to gather information for the development of a com-munity-based strategy for addressing homelessness, including the need and possibility...

ORGANIZATION: City of Kingston
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2015

Introduction

“One of the primary roles of the housing and social services department of the...

ORGANIZATION: City of Kingston
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Four Strategies:

1. Provide Mentoring: Youth can benefit from experiences, connections and advice on how best to pursue employment opportunities. The practical preparation needed by youth is broad, ranging from understanding work culture and expectations, to connecting with others to discover and pursue opportunities, and how to skillfully manage their careers (personal finances, dress, job interviews etc.).

2. Make Employers...

ORGANIZATION: EENet Ontario Housing First Regional Network Community of Interest
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

The policy brief, A Portable Housing Benefit as an Indispensable Component of Ending Homelessness in Canada, describes why PHB is a critical part of services delivered by Housing First programs to assist people who have experienced chronic or episodic homelessness to become stably housed. The policy brief also presents the research that has demonstrated its effectiveness, along with a set of recommendations. 

Current challenges in...
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Neither Voluntary Nor Inevitable: Hidden Homelessness Among Newcomers in York Region aims to paint a comprehensive picture of hidden homelessness among newcomers in York Region. The study, commissioned by The Housing Help Centre (THHC), was conducted to better understand the root causes and factors impacting newcomers that put them at risk of homelessness or becoming homeless;...

ORGANIZATION: Community Foundation Lethbridge & Southwestern Alberta
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Outline of community connections, environment, learning, living standards, health and the culture of Lethbridge. 

RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Executive Summary 

In collaboration with the City of Lethbridge Community and Social Development Department, an environmental scan was conducted in November 2016 to identify subpopulations most in need of supportive and...

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