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Researcher: Nick Falvo

Nick Falvo is Director of Research and Data at the Calgary Homeless Foundation. His area of research is social policy, with a focus on poverty, housing, homelessness and social assistance. Nick has a PhD in public policy from Carleton University. Fluently bilingual, he is a member of the...
ORGANIZATION: Presentation to United Church Women
RESOURCE TYPE: Conference/Presentation
PUBLICATION DATE: 2014

Overview:

Government support for housing Social assistance Social housing Homelessness “Housing First” Summary

For more information on this presentation read NIck Falvo's blog post "Affordable Housing and Homelesness".

ORGANIZATION: Centre for Policy Alternatives
RESOURCE TYPE: Fact Sheet
PUBLICATION DATE: 2007

There are many ways in which money for affordable housing can be put to use.

Three key methods are:

   1. build non-profit housing;

   2. provide housing allowances or rent supplements; and

   3. provide tax credits for the developers of rental housing.

All three methods have strengths and weaknesses that merit study.

The private housing market, by itself, is ineffective at delivering newly-built...

ORGANIZATION: Annual Conference of the European Network for Housing Research
RESOURCE TYPE: Conference/Presentation
PUBLICATION DATE: 2013

This presentation is based on forthcoming research that will appear in the 2013-2014 edition of How Ottawa Spends (McGill-Queen's University Press).

Download: Powerpoint

RESOURCE TYPE: Newspaper
PUBLICATION DATE: 2011

Last weekend, Nick Falvo spoke on a panel at the Annual Conference of the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association.  The panel was inspired in large part by the recent debate in Toronto over Mayor Rob...

ORGANIZATION: The Progressive Economics Forum
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2012

Last week I was in Whitehorse where I released a peer-reviewed policy report on poverty in Yukon. The report was part of the much larger Social Economy Research Network of Northern Canada project.

Report findings include the following: -Ignoring poverty can be quite costly, as has been clearly demonstrated by research on the ‘costs of poverty’ done by economist Nathan Laurie and others, including PEF Blogger Iglika Ivanova. This is due...

ORGANIZATION: Yukon NDP
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2012

WHITEHORSE - NDP Social Services critic Jan Stick says the “Poverty Amongst Plenty” report is a wake-up call for the government to get serious and act meaningfully to reduce poverty.

The report’s author, Nick Falvo of Carleton University, presented his findings and recommendations after studying poverty in the Yukon and government inaction to address it.

“Most other jurisdictions in Canada have poverty reduction strategies, even...

ORGANIZATION: Northern Public Affairs (NPA)
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2012

On May 24, 2012, I released a (peer-reviewed) policy report on poverty in Yukon. The report is entitled Poverty Amongst Plenty: Waiting for the Yukon Government to Adopt a Poverty Reduction Strategy.

Most Canadian jurisdictions today have a “poverty reduction strategy,” but as the title of this report suggests, Yukon has yet to implement one.

See the Full Report: Poverty Amongst Plenty:...

ORGANIZATION: Canadian Observatory on Homelessness
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2012

Poverty is bad for the economy, leads to higher health care costs and takes a serious toll on human lives. Most Canadian jurisdictions have developed poverty reduction strategies in the past decade, but Yukon has not. This policy report will provide an overview of poverty indicators in Yukon. It will discuss child apprehensions, housing, land development and homelessness. The report will then provide an overview of the Yukon Child Benefit,...

JOURNAL NAME: Canadian Housing
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2008

In North America, the traditional standard for housing homeless adults is the “treatment first” or “continuum of care” model. This involves what is essentially a lengthy and arduous audition, wherein a provider or team of providers of services to the homeless judges a homeless person’s “housing readiness.” The assessment continues as the person progresses from emergency shelter to transitional housing to permanent housing with few if any...

JOURNAL NAME: Housing, Care & Support
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2009

The emergent Housing First model, focused on new means of rapid rehousing of the homeless, is popular in North America among policy makers and the mass media. Yet little has been written on the Housing First model's transferability to Canadian municipalities. This report documents, analyses and interprets Toronto's Streets to Homes (S2H) programme, using primary and secondary research including semi-structured key informant...

RESOURCE TYPE: Book/E-Book Chapter
PUBLICATION DATE: 2011

In the post-World War II era, the federal government was embarrassed into helping NWT residents meet basic social needs, as the international spotlight highlighted the fact that Ottawa was neglecting the North. The federal government had little choice but to step up its efforts to meet social needs. As the Harper government vies for a physical presence in North in an effort to make the most of geopolitical opportunity, history may repeat...

RESOURCE TYPE: Research Summary
PUBLICATION DATE: 2011

This chapter is about housing in the Northwest Territories (NWT), especially housing for low-income households. The chapter compares housing in the NWT with housing in the rest of Canada.

RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2011

The Federal Government’s Northern Strategy and Implications for Housing in the Northwest Territories

In November 2011, Carleton University's Frances Abele and Nick Falvo were in Yellowknife, where they released new research on Canada's North. Each of them has a chapter in the 2011-2012 edition of How Ottawa Spends, published by McGill-Queen's University Press.

Frances Abele: Use it or Lose It: The Conservatives’ Northern...
RESOURCE TYPE: Conference/Presentation
PUBLICATION DATE: 2007

The 1990s may well have represented the peak of neoliberalism in Canada, and pressure had mounted on senior levels of government to cut spending, not increase it. The focus was on eliminating deficits and debts, not adding to them. Times have changed somewhat. The federal debt in Canada is almost never talked about now. Tax cuts are not as popular. Canadians and their leaders appear to have taken note that neoliberalism came with a cost,...

RESOURCE TYPE: Newspaper
PUBLICATION DATE: 2011

By definition, a person needs housing to cease being homeless. And until the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) provides appropriate housing for those who need it, homelessness there won’t go away.

My recent report, Homelessness in Yellowknife: An Emerging Social Challenge, looks at Yellowknife as a case study, but makes policy recommendations for the entire territory....

JOURNAL NAME: The Toronto Star
RESOURCE TYPE: Newspaper
PUBLICATION DATE: 2011

Mayor Rob Ford recently backtracked on a crucial issue. First he threatened to use revenue from the sale of public housing units to balance the city’s budget. Twenty-four hours later, he flip-flopped and agreed that the revenue should be used to fix Toronto’s existing social housing stock (as originally promised). Ford’s about-face speaks to the real-life nightmare that would ensue if important repairs were not made to existing public...

RESOURCE TYPE: Research Summary
PUBLICATION DATE: 2011

There is a considerable amount of visible homelessness in Yellowknife (NWT), yet very little third-party analysis of the situation. This report begins by briefly discussing who is homeless in Yellowknife and then outlines program responses, including emergency shelters and various models of housing. An overview will then be provided of major funding initiatives from the federal and territorial governments, as well as various forms of...

ORGANIZATION: Canadian Observatory on Homelessness
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2011

Homeless Hub Report Series - There is a considerable amount of visible homelessness in Yellowknife (NWT), yet very little third-party analysis of the situation. This report begins by briefly discussing who is homeless in Yellowknife and then outlines program responses, including emergency shelters and various models of housing. An overview will then be provided of major funding initiatives from the federal and territorial governments, as well...

RESOURCE TYPE: Newspaper
PUBLICATION DATE: 2011

In the aftermath of two damning reports by the City of Toronto’s auditor, the entire board of directors of the Toronto Community Housing Corp. has been replaced and multiple staff have been let go.

But privatizing Canada’s largest provider of affordable housing would be expensive for both taxpayers and renter households over the long term.

JOURNAL NAME: Parity
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2010

Though several larger papers will be coming out of this work over the next few years, the research team has released this short piece that looks very generally at homelessness among Indigenous people in Canada's North.
A longer chapter on affordable housing in the NWT is slated to appear in next year's edition of How Ottawa Spends (published by McGill-Queen's University Press).

There is also a plan in place to release a...

JOURNAL NAME: The Toronto Star
RESOURCE TYPE: Newspaper
PUBLICATION DATE: 2010

You can step over homeless people, but you can’t ignore them. The recession is finally over, but we haven’t seen all of the after-effects, especially when we’re talking about homelessness. And if our political leaders don’t come to terms with this soon, we’ll see a steep rise in homelessness in the near future.

RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2010

Recessions are much more than a numerical change in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) or another term for high unemployment. The full impact of a recession takes many years to completely unfold and a recession’s impact on households and communities is neither straightforward nor immediate. The homeless population of a given jurisdiction is one of the last groups to see a change after the onset of a recession, making homelessness the opposite of...

RESOURCE TYPE: Book/E-Book Chapter
PUBLICATION DATE: 2010

How effective is the Housing First model of providing permanent housing to long-term or chronically homeless singles? Toronto’s Streets to Homes (S2H) program is arguably the most popular model today. This chapter examines the “treatment first” approach to housing homeless persons, as well as the emergence of the Housing First model. It also includes an assessment of Toronto’s Streets to Homes (S2H) program: it origin, successes, and...

JOURNAL NAME: The CCPA Monitor
RESOURCE TYPE: Magazine
PUBLICATION DATE: 2009

Many Canadian families are living in housing they can’t afford. Given the current recession, a wellfunded national housing strategy aimed at the most destitute — in particular the homeless — is more important now than ever. In the meantime, new models of service delivery are always welcome; one such model is Toronto’s Streets-to-Homes (S2H) program.