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ORGANIZATION: Homeward Trust Edmonton
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

Edmonton’s 2016 Homeless Count occurred on the night of October 19 and during the day on October 20. Approximately 300 volunteers and 40 agencies participated in the Count. Enumerators identified 1,752 individuals experiencing homelessness on the night of October 19 and through the day on October 20, compared to 2,307 in 2014. Of these, 43% were sheltered, 22% were unsheltered and 35% were provisionally accommodated. In addition, 59% of...

ORGANIZATION: City of Edmonton
RESOURCE TYPE: Community Plan
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

The City of Edmonton Affordable Housing Strategy describes the City’s general role in affordable housing. The strategy also helps to define specific approaches for how the City is involved and for what purpose. The strategy will guide City involvement in affordable housing for 10 years (2016-2025). 

ORGANIZATION: Employment and Social Development Canada
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

The annual Shelter Capacity Report provides capacity statistics for emergency homeless shelters in Canada. The number of shelter facilities and the number of permanent beds are reported for each province and territory, as well as by community. In addition, brief overviews of Transitional. Housing facilities and Violence Against Women shelters are provided in the appendices. The...

ORGANIZATION: Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation report on Calgary's rental market. 

Highlights

The apartment vacancy rate in Calgary CMA rose for the third consecutive year, reaching seven per cent in October 2016. The average rent for a two- bedroom apartment in new and existing structures was $1,258 per month in October 2016. Same-sample rents have declined across all bedroom types. 
ORGANIZATION: Community Housing Affordability Collective
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

In spring 2015, a sub-group of the Community Housing Affordability Collective (CHAC) was tasked with examining the housing supply in Calgary. The working group raised concerns about data gaps across the housing spectrum due to the fact that no central database or publication existed with comprehensive information on all types of housing found in Calgary. Specifically, the age of non-market housing data (last...

RESOURCE TYPE: Research Summary
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

The Census Results book contains a summary of current data, historical data, ward comparisons, and ward and community summaries. In addition, several graphs and charts are included.

The Civic Census is completed annually beginning in the month of April. Beginning with Census Online, which provides Calgary residents with the opportunity to self complete the questionnaire at their own convenience. Door-to-door collection begins following...

RESOURCE TYPE: Homeless Count
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

Alberta's 7 Cities on Housing and Homelessness (7 Cities) is made up of the lead organizations responsible for the implementation of local plans to end homelessness in Calgary, Edmonton, Wood Buffalo, Grande Prairie, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat and Red Deer. 7 Cities coordinates local plans at a systems level and aligns funding resources for greater impact and progress toward ending homelessness. The 7 Cities provides a forum for dialogue with...

RESOURCE TYPE: Homeless Count
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

The Calgary Homeless Foundation, in conjunction with over one hundred volunteers and countless community partners, successfully conducted its biennial Point-in-Time Count on October 19, 2016. 3,430 people were counted as experiencing homelessness. This represents approximately 1 in every 406 Calgarians. As promised in the preliminary report released in November, the present report includes data that was not included in the preliminary report...

RESOURCE TYPE: Community Plan
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

As Calgary and the province of Alberta continue to work towards the goal of ending homelessness, it is critical that the particular needs of young homeless persons are addressed appropriately. If effective interventions are not implemented, today’s homeless youth are at risk of becoming tomorrow’s homeless adults. In fact, we know that more than 40% of those enumerated in the 2014 Homeless Count reported experiencing their first episode of...

ORGANIZATION: Fredericton Constituency Youth Council Taskforce
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Thirty-five thousand Canadian youth will be homeless this year and on any given night, approximately 6,000 will be without a home. Due to the nature of the discourse surrounding “homelessness” and “homeless people,” there is often a misconception regarding how multifaceted homelessness is across the nation. Youth homelessness represents a particularly challenging problem: despite the vast amount of research into the circumstances surrounding...

ORGANIZATION: Metro Vancouver
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

The 2017 Homeless Count in Metro Vancouver (2017 Count) paints a troubling picture of homelessness across the Metro Vancouver region, specifically when considering the disproportionate number of Aboriginal People experiencing homelessness.

The 2017 Count revealed that 746 of total survey respondents identified as Aboriginal, representing 34% of all participants. This is an astounding 28% increase from the 2014 Count, which found that...

ORGANIZATION: Food Banks Canada
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Households composed of single adults have grown from 30% of those helped by food banks in 2001, to 45% in 2016.

Food banks have unfortunately become an essential part of the Canadian social support system, and this is particularly true in the case of single, working-age people, who have few other places to turn for assistance when they fall on hard times.

This paper makes the case that the soon-to-be-released Federal Poverty...

ORGANIZATION: Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Emerging research from across Canada points to a significant relationship between immigrant and refugee women fleeing violence and experiences of homelessness. This report is based on the meeting hosted by Employment and Social Development Canada and the Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children that took place in Ottawa, Ontario on March 30th, 2017. The meeting explored the intersections between immigrant...

ORGANIZATION: FEANTSA and Fondation Abbé Pierre
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

All across Europe, the under 30s have been particularly affected by the budget cuts and austerity policies of the last few years. So-called stay-at-home policies have proliferated in some European countries (the United Kingdom, Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands), on the pretext that the social welfare systems are too generous to young people and that it is the parents’ responsibility to ensure their child’s transition to independence. Housing...

ORGANIZATION: Daily Bread Food Banks
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Despite an improved economy and much on-paper prosperity, the need for food banks is higher in 2017 than it has been before. Food bank use in Toronto is back to levels not seen since the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. People also need to access food banks for twice as long as they did in the past.

The urgency of the need seen at local food banks shows that focusing solely on long-term policy change or on small-scale...

JOURNAL NAME: Journal of Alcoholism & Drug Dependence
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Substance use disorder is an increasingly challenging and widespread issue throughout Canada with significant barriers negatively impacting access for treatment seekers. This paper seeks to examine the salient factors prohibiting equitable access for these individuals, while exploring a series of pragmatic considerations for policymakers to advance system efficacy. Increasing demand, treatment availability, funding prioritization, and...

RESOURCE TYPE: Book
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Rapidly surging house prices, historically low rental vacancies, long waitlists for social housing, and a massive homelessness epidemic--all these have led to many British Columbians feeling trapped in their current housing situation. In Make Housing Central, Kishone Roy, CEO of the B.C. Non-Profit Housing Association, tells the story of the affordable housing crisis in B.C. and proposes a realistic long-term plan to solve it.

ORGANIZATION: True Colors Fund
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Whenever decisions are being made that impact young people, it’s important that youth are at the table and have equitable decision-making responsibilities. This can look a number of different ways: working with young people to establish a youth leadership body, including one or more youth representatives on a board of directors, and creating opportunities for young people to speak for themselves. Young people who are receiving services should...

ORGANIZATION: Fraser Valley Regional District
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

This 2017 report on homelessness in the Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) documents the process and findings, with analysis, of a 24-hour point-in-time survey conducted March 7 and 8, 2017 in the communities of Abbotsford, Mission, Chilliwack, Agassiz–Harrison, Hope, and Boston Bar. 

In the context of this survey, homeless persons are defined as persons with no fixed address, with no regular and/or adequate nighttime residence...

ORGANIZATION: The School of Public Policy
RESOURCE TYPE: Report Card
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

In 2008, Calgary embarked on a 10-year plan to address homelessness. This report cart provides measures of the progress made in that regard. 

Despite rapid population growth, the number of single adults staying in Calgary’s emergency shelters is trending downward.

Since 2008 the number of stays in emergency shelters, measured as a percentage of Calgary’s adult population, has fallen by nearly 40%. This success has been achieved...

ORGANIZATION: Royal Roads University
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017
This inquiry used an action research methodology to engage a youth emergency homeless shelter (YES) in Peterborough, Ontario, around better supporting their clients. Through this inquiry, the following research question was explored: What strategies can YES adopt to strengthen rapid rehousing, while still addressing the complex needs of clients? To address this question, four youth clients, eight YES shelter staff, and three individuals from an...
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: A Way Home Canada; Canadian Observatory on Homelessness
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

In a caring and affluent society like Canada, it is unacceptable that any young person would become entrenched in homelessness as a result of family breakdown and systems failures. Despite little evidence that we are reducing youth homelessness, we continue to rely on crisis responses such as emergency shelters and day programs. Even worse, it is objectionable to simply rely on a crisis response to address the issue, exposing young people to...

JOURNAL NAME: Children and Youth Services Review
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

This study examines the decision-making skills of emerging adults that have aged out of foster care and transitioned to independent life. Emerging adults face a wide variety of life-direction determining decisions and those aging out of foster care experience even more significant transitional issues. Youth aging out of foster care may lack the requisite decision-making competencies for coping with these challenges. This study compares the...

JOURNAL NAME: The American Review of Public Administration
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Studies indicate LGBTQ youth are at higher risk of homelessness (2–13 times) than their heterosexual cisgender counterparts and that they represent a substantial portion of youth utilizing housing and shelter services. Some authors have provided anecdotal (rather than empirical) examples of LGBTQ youth experiencing abuse or mistreatment in shelters; most studies focusing on LGBTQ homeless youth have been conducted in large cities and have...

JOURNAL NAME: Children and Youth Services Review
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Studies indicate LGBTQ youth are at higher risk of homelessness (2–13 times) than their heterosexual cisgender counterparts and that they represent a substantial portion of youth utilizing housing and shelter services. Some authors have provided anecdotal (rather than empirical) examples of LGBTQ youth experiencing abuse or mistreatment in shelters; most studies focusing on LGBTQ homeless youth have been conducted in large cities and have...

JOURNAL NAME: American Journal of Health Promotion
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017
Purpose:

To examine attitudes toward tobacco control policies among older African American homeless-experienced smokers.

Approach:

A qualitative study.

Setting:

Oakland, California.

Participants:

Twenty-two African American older homeless-experienced smokers who were part of a longitudinal study on health and health-related outcomes (Health Outcomes of People Experiencing Homelessness in Older Middle Age...

JOURNAL NAME: Sociological Forum
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Intimate partner and community violence are an unrelenting presence in the lives of homeless Latina and African American women and their children. Impoverished neighborhoods are inundated with public acts of violence that impact daily life in profound ways....

JOURNAL NAME: Child Abuse & Neglect
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

This study investigated the perceptions of foster parents of children with disabilitiesconcerning their interactions with school personnel. We conducted semi-structured...

JOURNAL NAME: Journal of Community Health
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Smoke-free policies effectively reduce secondhand smoke (SHS) exposure among non-smokers, and reduce consumption, encourage quit attempts, and minimize relapse to smoking among smokers. Such policies are uncommon in permanent supportive housing (PSH) for formerly homeless individuals. In this study, we collaborated with a PSH provider in San Diego, California to assess a smoke-free policy that restricted indoor smoking. Between August and...

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