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ORGANIZATION: The Family Service Provider Network
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

FPSN originally developed Promising for Providers Serving Homeless Students in 2010 as a resource for building strong partnerships between family service providers and schools, and this is version II. Promising Practices offers a framework to help providers develop and maintain relationships with key personnel in their children’s schools, provide academic support, lower truancy, and improve parental involvement. Key terms are in bold and...

ORGANIZATION: City of Richmond
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

Housing affordability continues to be a critical issue both regionally and at the local level. Richmond’s Affordable Housing Strategy 2017–2027 has been updated to reflect current and future needs of the community and to align with City and regional planning goals. Central to this update is an understanding of the housing affordability context in Richmond and the needs of existing and future residents so that anticipated policy...

ORGANIZATION: Center for Evidence-based Solutions to Homelessness
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

As our understanding of homelessness has evolved, we have come to recognize chronic homelessness as a relatively small and “solvable” problem that affects, on average, about 10 to 15 percent of people who experience homelessness. This vulnerable population of people with...

ORGANIZATION: The City of Calgary, Affordable Housing Division
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018
Background  In March 2017, The City of Calgary published Housing in Calgary: An Inventory of Housing Supply, 2015/2016, providing comprehensive information on Calgary’s housing supply, covering the entire spectrum of housing in Calgary, from emergency shelter spaces to market homeownership. Through this report, a more complete picture of the entire housing system in Calgary became visible, enabling a broader understanding of housing supply...
ORGANIZATION: Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

Missed Opportunities: Pregnant and Parenting Youth Experiencing Homelessness in America details the unique challenges faced by young people experiencing homelessness who are pregnant or parenting. Our findings suggest that many of the nearly 4.2 million adolescents and young adults in America who experience some type of homelessness during a 12-month period are pregnant or young parents. Many of those young parents are homeless with their...

JOURNAL NAME: The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018
Abstract Objective:

This study examines health and service use outcomes and associated factors among homeless adults participating in a brief interdisciplinary intervention following discharge from hospital.

Method:

Using a pre-post cohort design, 223 homeless adults with mental health needs were enrolled in the Coordinated Access to Care for the Homeless (CATCH) program, a 4- to 6-month interdisciplinary intervention...

JOURNAL NAME: Children and Youth Services Review
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018
Abstract

Housing-led interventions have become recognized as a best practice for addressing homelessness among adults, yet whether and how they apply to transition-age youth (TAY) is less clear. The purpose of the present study is to expand on a burgeoning literature that has provided marginalized TAY an opportunity to voice their perspectives on housing-led program design. The goal of the study it to build on the existing literature that...

JOURNAL NAME: Journal of Marriage and Family
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018
Abstract

Existing research on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth homelessness identifies family rejection as a main pathway into homelessness for the youth. This finding, however, can depict people of color or poor people as more prejudiced than White, middle‐class families. In this 18‐month ethnographic study, the author complicates this rejection paradigm through documenting the narratives of 40 LGBTQ youth...

ORGANIZATION: BC Non-Profit Housing Association & partners
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

Nearly half of Canadian renter households are spending more than the recommended 30 per cent of their income on housing while nearly one in five are spending more than 50 per cent of their income on housing, putting a growing number of families and individuals at a crisis level of spending and at risk of homelessness.

The information comes from the 2018 Canadian Rental Housing Index, a comprehensive database of rental housing...

ORGANIZATION: Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

Missed Opportunities: LGBTQ Youth Homelessness in America highlights research related to the specific experiences of young people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) and face homelessness. We learned that, compared to heterosexual and nontransgender youth, LGBTQ youth are disproportionately represented among the nearly 4.2 million youth and young adults in America who experienced some form of homelessness...

ORGANIZATION: The Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research, University of Pennsylvania
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

The Field Center completed a three-city study as part of a larger initiative by Covenant House International to research human trafficking among homeless youth encompassing nearly 1,000 young people across 13 cities. The Field Center interviewed a total of 270 homeless youth, 100 in Philadelphia, 100 in Phoenix, and 70 in Washington, DC, to learn about the prevalence of human trafficking, and the history of child maltreatment, out of home...

ORGANIZATION: Building Changes
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

Since 2014, Building Changes has tested Diversion as an approach to help families exit homelessness. Our Diversion pilots in King and Pierce counties served a combined 1,898 families. Results drawn from our evaluation of those pilots are highlighted in two publications, titled Homeless to Housed in a Hurry. One publication is an overview of Diversion and the other is a case study of the Pierce County experience. Our data reveals Diversion...

RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

This article argues for the utility of phenomenology in accounting for the manner in which spatial methods yield insights into the everyday lived experiences of young people that are not as easily accessible through more traditional qualitative methods such as interviewing. Spatial methods, defined as methods that focus on the everyday spatial experiences of young people and methods that ask youth to position themselves in space, have been...

JOURNAL NAME: Sociology
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

This article is based on a cross-national qualitative study of homeless and street-involved youth living within Olympic host cities. Synthesizing a Lefebvrian spatial analysis with Debord’s concept of ‘the spectacle’, the article analyses the spatial experiences of homeless young people in Vancouver (host to the 2010 Winter Olympics) and draws some comparisons to London (host to the 2012 Summer Olympics). Tracing encounters with police,...

RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

This paper explores the democratic potential for participatory filmmaking with homeless youth, as well as the constraints and dilemmas associated with this visual method. Theorizing democracy through the work of Hannah Arendt and Pierre Bourdieu, the paper approaches democracy not as an end, but rather as a process that seeks to lessen social injustice. Bourdieu's work helps us appreciate, however, that this process is constrained by...

RESOURCE TYPE: Fact Sheet
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

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JOURNAL NAME: Housing Policy Debate
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018
Abstract

Although almost all homeless people are poor, most poor people do not experience homelessness. We use a detailed national survey to explore the role of social ties—including connection to relatives, friends, and religious community—in explaining why only a subset of poor adults fall into homelessness. We find that lifetime incidence of homelessness is reduced by 60% for individuals with strong ties along each of these dimensions....

RESOURCE TYPE: Magazine
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

The recent Overview of Housing Exclusion in Europe 2018 by FEANTSA and the Abbé Pierre Foundation finds that housing exclusion continues to be a growing problem in Europe, resulting in an increasing demand for support and increased pressure on emergency services. The numbers of people experiencing homelessness has...

ORGANIZATION: Addictions and Mental Health Ontario, CMHA Ontario, Wellesley Institute
RESOURCE TYPE: Toolkit
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

To showcase the expertise in the sector, and to help support implementation of new supportive housing, Addictions and Mental Health Ontario (AMHO), Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario (CMHA Ontario) and the Wellesley Institute (WI) partnered to develop this resource guide. The 12 case studies share replicable, scalable and adaptable examples of how providers have overcome implementation challenges to meet the needs of their clients...

JOURNAL NAME: Psychiatry Online
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018
Abstract

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is shifting its focus from ending veteran homelessness to preventing veteran suicides. With supporting data, this Open Forum argues that VA homelessness services also help address veteran suicides. Analysis of a nationally representative survey of U.S. veterans in 2015 shows that veterans with a history of homelessness attempted suicide in the previous two years at a rate >5.0...

ORGANIZATION: Wisconsin HOPE Lab
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018
Basic Needs Insecurity in Higher Education: A Continuing Challenge

Since 2008, the Wisconsin HOPE Lab has examined food and housing insecurity among the nation’s undergraduates. We initially focused on Wisconsin, assessing prevalence of basic needs challenges in two samples of students—a cohort of Pell Grant recipients entering the state’s 42 public colleges and universities in fall 2008, and a cohort of low- and moderate-income students...

JOURNAL NAME: Child Abuse & Neglect
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018
Abstract

Previous studies that have explored the association between childhood trauma and homelessness indicate that traumatic events can lead to survivor distrust of interpersonal relationships and institutions, prolonged homelessness and poor health and social outcomes. The majority of this literature relies on quantitative data and fails to investigate the personal experiences of childhood trauma that are found to impact housing status...

JOURNAL NAME: Journal of Urban Health
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018
Abstract

The purpose of this study is to explore how marginalization, substance abuse, and service utilization influence the transitions between streets, shelters, and housed states over the course of 2 years in a population of urban homeless adults. Survey responses from three yearly interviews of 400 homeless adults were matched with administrative services data collected from regional health, mental health, and housing service providers....

ORGANIZATION: HealthSpark, Your Way Home
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

Since launching in 2014, Your Way Home has seen much success in rapidly rehousing those in Montgomery County who are experiencing homelessness. Findings from the research will assist Your Way Home in building a new agenda to expand its work into prevention efforts.

The following themes were identified:

- The causes of eviction and homelessness are multi-dimensional.

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ORGANIZATION: Crisis, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

The homelessness monitor is a longitudinal study providing an independent analysis of the homelessness impacts of recent economic and policy developments in England. It considers both the consequences of the post-2007 economic and housing market recession, and the subsequent recovery, and also the impact of policy changes. This seventh annual report updates our account of how homelessness stands in England in 2018, or as close to 2018 as data...

ORGANIZATION: The Government of Ontario
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

This report highlights our progress – and what we plan to do next – in our efforts to reduce child poverty, eliminate chronic homelessness, help people move towards employment, increase food security, develop an action plan for income security reform and invest in programs and community-designed solutions.

Introduction

Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy is based on the vision that every Ontarian has the opportunity to achieve their...

ORGANIZATION: City of Kingston
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

The Street Outreach Pilot Program, the extension of the Portable Housing Benefit to help safely house survivors of domestic violence, the opening of the One Roof Kingston Youth Services Hub and the completion of energy-saving updates to social housing, are among the highlights outlined in the City of Kingston's 2017 Report on Housing and Homelessness.

"At 0.7 per cent, Kingston has the lowest vacancy rate in Ontario, which is a major...

ORGANIZATION: The Access Point, Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Toronto Branch, and the Wellesley Institute
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

Currently in Toronto over 13,000 people are on the waitlist for mental health and addictions supportive housing. Understanding this population and how to meet their needs addresses an often overlooked health equity gap. This report is an analysis of the waitlist for mental health and addictions supportive housing in Toronto. It examines the characteristics of applicants, their support needs and housing preferences, and the patterns of wait...

JOURNAL NAME: Children and Youth Services Review
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018
Abstract Purpose

This study is an outcome evaluation of Bay Area Youth Center's Real Alternatives for Adolescents (RAFA) transitional housing program in Hayward, California.

Methods

This study examined a sample of 55 youth ages 16 to 21 who lived in the RAFA transitional program between 2007 and 2015.

Results

About 96% were in residing in stable housing at follow up, there were low rates of parenting before age 22 (41% of...

ORGANIZATION: University of York, Centre for Housing Policy
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2018

This report explores Housing First in relation to the evidence base on services designed to end homelessness among single people (i.e. lone adults) with support needs. Some attention is given to prevention and relief services, but this report is concerned with services for those single homeless people who require support as well as housing. The report does not encompass services for homeless families. 

The report has four main...

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