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ORGANIZATION: District of Nipissing Social services Administration Board (DNSSAB)
RESOURCE TYPE: Homeless Count
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

North Bay PiT Count results presentation delivered on June 21, 2016 to the District of Nipissing Social services Administration Board (with speaking notes).

ORGANIZATION: District of Nipissing Social services Administration Board (DNSSAB)
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

Homeless Individuals and Families Information System (HIFIS), is a data management tool used by service providers to assist in their daily operations. It also provides information to the community about individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and the supports and services they access. In 2015, two service providers used HIFIS Crisis Centre North Bay Four Elms Residence and Low Income People Involvement (LIPI). ...

ORGANIZATION: Region of Waterloo
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Organized by the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness (CAEH) the 20,000 Homes Campaign is a "national movement of communities working together to permanently house 20,000 of Canada's most vulnerable people experiencing homelessness by July 1, 2018."

In 2014, Waterloo Region was the first community in Canada to join the campaign and pilot a Registry Week. Through this local event, more than 80 volunteers canvassed the community to...

ORGANIZATION: Region of Waterloo
RESOURCE TYPE: Report Card
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

The Region of Waterloo Housing Services has produced the 2016/17 Housing Stability Data Summary to inform the community of current trends in housing and homelessness in Waterloo Region. The Data Summary includes information for the last three years on emergency shelter use, income, rental housing affordability and...

JOURNAL NAME: Social Policy and Society
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

The youth foyer model was designed to provide a package of support, including accommodation to homeless or at-risk young people, based on participation in education, training and/or employment as a supported transition to independent living and a sustainable livelihood. Commencing in the early 1990s, the UK has developed a large number of foyers while Australia is a relative newcomer to this kind of supportive youth housing. Unlike in the UK...

JOURNAL NAME: European Journal of Homelessness
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017
JOURNAL NAME: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017
Background

Excessive alcohol use among the homeless may contribute to their high rates of emergency department use. Survey-based studies have provided some information on the relation between alcohol and emergency department use among the homeless.

Methods

This study used an intensive schedule of random breath collections and self-report assessments to examine the relation between emergency department utilization and alcohol use in...

JOURNAL NAME: Mental Health and Illness in the City
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

This chapter describes the Pathways Housing First (PHF) model. This program pioneered the practice of offering choices to individuals with co-occurring psychiatric and addiction diagnoses including the option to move directly from homelessness into a place of their own with supports. Pathways offered housing as a right, not something that must be earned through participating in psychiatric treatment or attaining a period of sobriety....

RESOURCE TYPE: Thesis/Dissertation
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Homelessness is a complex social issue that is of increasing concern to most developed nations.

Homelessness is more than not having a house; it is a form of social exclusion and carries significant physical, psychological, and social challenges. The broad aim of the current thesis was to investigate how the psychological and social aspects of the homeless experience can influence outcomes, such as well-being. In particular, the...

RESOURCE TYPE: Blog
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Imagine having to decide between buying a tampon or buying your lunch. For guys this may be an easy answer, but now imagine you are Anne, a lifelong resident of San Francisco, who is informed that her landlord has tripled her rent and is now left without a home, followed by a job layoff. For Anne, this is a decision she now must face every month, for about a week. That constitutes 12 weeks each year where she has to decide between self...

JOURNAL NAME: European Journal of Homelessness
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Although research has been sporadic, the available evidence indicates that gender is consistently associated with differentiated trajectories through homelessness in Europe. Women’s pathways through homelessness have been linked to domestic violence, women being ‘protected’ by welfare systems when dependent children are living with them and an apparently greater tendency for women to use and exhaust informal support, rather than homelessness...

JOURNAL NAME: European Journal of Homelessness
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

In their article in the June 2016 edition of this journal, Johnson and Pleace articulate a number of critiques of the Homelessness Outcomes Star (HOS) on grounds ranging from its theoretical underpinnings to the supporting research and guidance for use. However, it is important to note that the authors have themselves not used the tool with service users or received training in the use of the tool. Nor have they carried out any primary...

RESOURCE TYPE: Thesis/Dissertation
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Microaggressions are brief and often unintentional daily acts that communicate insults or negative messages to marginalized individuals or groups. Most research on microaggressions comes from psychology and higher education and focuses on the interpersonal effects of the target of the microaggression. Additionally, the research focuses predominantly on racial microaggressions. This qualitative study focused on microaggressions targeted at...

RESOURCE TYPE: Thesis/Dissertation
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

A disturbing dilemma in our nation today is the plight of homeless veterans. A systematic review of literature was done on the topic of Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) approaches with homeless veterans. The importance of understanding and using a trauma-informed care model with this at risk population became evident from the review. The project will use a TIC educational module for staff and volunteers to enhance their knowledge to deliver trauma-...

JOURNAL NAME: International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017
Purpose

Runaway and homeless youth (RHY) are among the most vulnerable youth globally. The United Nations Convention on Rights of the Child (UNCRC) states that all children have the right to the highest level of health, and that universal healthcare rights are afforded to RHY and all children. Social determinants of health are universal factors that frame the experiences of RHY as facilitators or barriers for accessing healthcare. The purpose...

ORGANIZATION: Hub for Urban Initiatives
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

“Did you become homeless for the first time during the past 12 months?” was a question added to the 2017 homeless count and survey instrument for unsheltered adults and unaccompanied children under age 18 for the Southern California counties of San Bernardino and Ventura.

Urban Initiatives helped design the count and survey instrument for both counties. The instrument included the questions necessary to meet the total population and...

RESOURCE TYPE: Thesis/Dissertation
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Research regarding the homeless and their interactions with law enforcement is sparse. The current study examines the perceptions homeless men and women have of police officers in the Fargo-Moorhead area. Data for this study was collected via fifty-one semi-structured interviews with guests at three homeless shelters in the Fargo-Moorhead area. Roughly half of those interviewed have a positive opinion of police officers. The results...

RESOURCE TYPE: Thesis/Dissertation
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Vulnerable populations in the United States experience disparities in access to advance care planning and may have significant unmet healthcare needs at the end of life, including unrelieved suffering. People who are homeless have increased morbidity and mortality risks, yet lack opportunities to discuss end-of-life preferences. A Doctor of Nursing Practice project consisted of designing, implementing, and evaluating an educational...

JOURNAL NAME: Family & Consumer Sciences Research Journal
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

In the last few years, tiny houses have been promoted as a new, eco-friendly housing solution to combat the current waste of the housing industry. This article provides a review of the current literature regarding tiny houses and an examination of tiny house communities through the lens of the three-pronged approach to sustainability. This approach encompasses environmental, social, and economic considerations to provide a holistic...

RESOURCE TYPE: Thesis/Dissertation
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Homeless and at-risk homeless women spend time in homeless centers where their time, behaviors, relationships and bodily functions are dictated by the institutions. This study looks at how women relate to their peers and staff in the homeless center as well as how they relate to menstruation. By both conducting participant observation and interviews at a homeless drop- in center, I aim to understand homeless women’s experiences in the shelter...

JOURNAL NAME: International Journal of Drug Policy
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017
Background

Vancouver is an international leader in implementing interventions to reduce harms related to drug use. However, street-involved young people who use drugs continue to be vulnerable to overdose death, hepatitis C (HCV) infection, and high rates of syringe sharing. To better understand this in the context of the intensive public health response, we examined how young people, who are involved in the ‘street drug scene’, understood,...

JOURNAL NAME: The British Journal of Social Work
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

This article links sociological perspectives of fatherhood and homelessness to qualitative research with fathers experiencing homelessness. Reporting on the findings from forty in-depth interviews and two focus groups, we explore participants’ conceptions of fathering and detail the material and symbolic barriers to fathering while experiencing homelessness. Fathers describe a ‘performance failure’ that results in ‘distancing’ themselves from...

JOURNAL NAME: Clinical Medicine
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017
Aims

Our aim was to assess attitudes of hospital staff to the management of homeless patients.

Methods

An online questionnaire was sent to all hospital staff across four regional centres enquiring about their experience of homeless patients, their knowledge of appropriate management and their attitudes to homeless patients. The online questionnaire was advertised through email and on trust homepages. In addition, paper copies of the...

JOURNAL NAME: Journal of Research on Adolescence
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

We employ a social stress framework, which examines the influence of multiple stressors (e.g., physical abuse, foster care placement) on an individual's ability to function (e.g., mental well-being), to longitudinally examine the effects of stressful life events on mental health and the role of the social environment in this process among 150 homeless youth. Results revealed that numerous stressors, such as physical abuse and running...

RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Mayor Michael O’Brien struck the Task Force on Homelessness to explore and recommend initiatives under the municipality’s jurisdiction that would support The Road Home, the strategic plan to end chronic homelessness in Fredericton. Specifically, they were tasked with finding ways to create more affordable housing options for Housing First programs.

Task Force members identified 18 key recommendations that fall within the City’s...

JOURNAL NAME: Journal of Housing and the Built Environment
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

There is evidence that involuntary housing instability may undermine health and well-being. For women who have experienced intimate partner violence (IPV), achieving stability is likely as important for other groups, but can be challenging. Through our analysis of 41 interviews with women who have experienced low income and IPV, we argue that definitions of housing stability are multifaceted and for many centred on a shared understanding of...

JOURNAL NAME: Paediatrics & Child Health
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Little is known about pregnancy in underhoused women, possibly because the number of underhoused mothers with babies in Toronto has been significantly underestimated. Using a novel data collection method, it has been found that there are approximately 300 babies being born each year to underhoused women in Toronto. This finding has significant public health implications, as these women are at increased risk of multiple issues related to...

ORGANIZATION: A Way Home
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

The 2016 Kamloops Youth Homelessness Count was conducted by the A Way Home committee, a collective of 120 professionals from diverse sectors, including business, non-profit, government, health, and Aboriginal agencies.

This committee was established to implement A Way Home: A Plan to End Homelessness in Kamloops. An annual youth homelessness count is critical in measuring our progress toward ending youth homelessness in Kamloops. 

JOURNAL NAME: Housing, Theory and Society
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Recent studies found that providing low threshold access to housing increased housing stability in individuals experiencing long-term homelessness. The Housing First model, traditionally designed to assist those with complex needs, has become increasingly popular in North America and elsewhere. This study used data from semi-structured interviews with fifteen men who were enrolled in and received assistance with finding, financing and...

JOURNAL NAME: Early Child Development and Care
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

The number of mothers with young children experiencing homelessness and seeking shelter has increased in the USA over the past decade. Shelters are often characterized as environments offering few opportunities for appropriate play experiences. This article delineates the important role of play for young children experiencing homelessness and argues for research of the contextual nature of play in shelters. Situated in the social...

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