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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...

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

The present study represents the first large-scale, prospective comparison to test whether aging out of foster care contributes to homelessness risk in emerging adulthood. A nationally representative sample of adolescents investigated by the child welfare system in 2008 to 2009 from the second cohort of the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-being Study (NSCAW II) reported experiences of housing problems at 18- and 36-month follow-...

JOURNAL NAME: Affilia
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Transgender and gender-nonconforming (GNC) individuals experience homelessness at higher rates compared to the broader population, with many directly attributing homelessness to their transgender/GNC identities. Homeless individuals often engage in survival sex in exchange for food, housing, and other basic necessities. Few research efforts, however, have examined survival sex specifically among homeless transgender/GNC populations. Utilizing...

JOURNAL NAME: Psychological Services
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Despite the scale of veteran homelessness and government–community initiatives to end homelessness among veterans, few studies have featured individual veteran accounts of experiencing homelessness. Here we track veterans’ trajectories from military service to homelessness through qualitative, semistructured interviews with 17 post-9/11-era veterans. Our objective was to examine how veterans become homeless—including the role of military and...

JOURNAL NAME: Health and Social Care in the Community
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Promoting timely and continuous care for people experiencing homelessness has been a challenge in many jurisdictions, plagued by access barriers and service fragmentation. As part of a larger programme evaluation, this study used qualitative methods to examine the role of a brief interdisciplinary intervention in supporting continuity of care for this population in a large Canadian urban centre. The intervention provides time-limited case...

RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

This paper begins with a naïve question: why does society seem to ignore homeless people? This question, however simple, is not easy to answer, as it is related to many other ones. Could it be that society does not really want to help the homeless? Can this be interpreted as evidence that they are taboo? According to the Oxford English Dictionary, “taboo” means “set apart for or consecrated to a special use or purpose” and can be “...

RESOURCE TYPE: Thesis/Dissertation
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Public libraries are often considered welcoming spaces for people experiencing homelessness. For people experiencing homelessness, the public library offers a warm place to stay in the winter, and a cool place to spend time in the summer, as well as a variety of information services. In 1990, a lawsuit filed by Richard Kreimer against the city of Morristown, New Jersey reinvigorated discussions around the role of public libraries in providing...

RESOURCE TYPE: Thesis/Dissertation
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

For this thesis I volunteered my time at Poverello House, the largest organization currently serving the homeless population in my hometown of Fresno, California. Engaging with the scholarship on rhetorical ethnography, rhetorical field methods, participatory critical rhetoric, and procedural rhetoric, I analyzed the procedures and the rhetoric I experienced as a new volunteer in this organization. Using ethnographic field notes, I assembled...

JOURNAL NAME: Public Health Nutrition
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Individuals experiencing homelessness are particularly vulnerable to food insecurity. The At Home/Chez Soi study provides a unique opportunity to first examine baseline levels of food security among homeless individuals with mental illness and second to evaluate the effect of a Housing First (HF) intervention on food security in this population.
At Home/Chez Soi was a 2-year randomized controlled trial comparing the effectiveness of HF...

JOURNAL NAME: Urbanities
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Homelessness is the result of many factors. The nature of homes, or rather places of residence, versus temporary camps has been defined historically and culturally for the human species. Many animals create structures to live in, others excavate depressions. Still others live in caves or inhabit structures built and discarded by other creatures. In many cases animals simply find limited shelter in temporary settings — to avoid weather...

RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2017

Homelessness is an incredibly difficult situation for anyone to be in and is linked with a plethora of issues regarding health, social services interaction, educational attainment, poverty and justice. Due to the inherently chaotic nature of many homeless people’s lives, they are more likely than most to be victims (and perpetrators) of crime. The link between violence and educational attainment, family stability, income and health have been...

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