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RESOURCE TYPE: Video/Audio File
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

While filmed around downtown Victoria BC, US & THEM, produced by Krista Loughton and Jennifer Abbott (The Corporation) could take place in any Canadian town. Through her compassionate style of documentary filmmaking, Krista Loughton lends a familiarity to all that she interviews. Krista's subjects aren't "just homeless." They are not faceless apparitions wandering the streets. These people are the friends and family that we...

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

As the district of North Bay/Nipissing prepares to release it's Point-in-Time Count report, they have released two resources with information from the count: 

An infographic showing the results of the first Point in Time Count in North Bay, Ontario, which occurred February 25-26, 2016. A Power Point presentation (including speaker’s notes), to the community, with the results of the first Point in Time Count in North Bay, Ontario, which...
ORGANIZATION: Simcoe County Alliance to End Homelessness (SCATEH)
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

The purpose of this report is to provide information about:

The 20,000 Homes National Campaign and the importance of local participation; The process used for the Registry Week in Simcoe County, including the volunteer recruitment, survey methodology, and data protocols; Lessons learned during the Registry Week for an urban-rural county; A summary of the findings of the anonymous, aggregate data collected; and Next steps and...
ORGANIZATION: The Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness (ICPH)
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

Children need stability to thrive. But across the United States, more and more children are facing the most extreme form of instability and poverty—homelessness. In no place is this more evident than in New York City, where one out of every eight children attending public school in SY 2014–15 had experienced homelessness within the past five school years.

Together, these over 127,000 children would form a school district larger than...

JOURNAL NAME: Journal of Interpersonal Violence
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

The complex interrelationship between intimate partner violence (IPV) victimization and housing instability has been well established. Being the victim of IPV is a leading cause of homelessness for women, and once someone is homeless, their lives often spiral downward quickly. While some IPV survivors require extensive and possibly long-term assistance to achieve safe and stable housing (especially if they are contending with multiple complex...

JOURNAL NAME: Qualitative Sociology Review
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2012

The authors problematize essentialized notions of motherhood both ideologically and through criminalized women’s accounts of correctional programming discourses that engage these notions as a way to foster “motherhood as praxis.” Using data from interviews conducted with former female prisoners, we analyze how substance using mothers invoke the concept of a “good” mother by negotiating its meaning through techniques of self-surveillance and...

JOURNAL NAME: Studies in Social Justice
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

Psychocentrism is a governing neoliberal rationality that pathologizes human problems and frames individuals as responsible for socially structured inequalities. The homeless community provides an important case study to examine the ways psychocentrism manifests among an excluded population. This paper explores the paradox whereby homeless individuals are simultaneously pathologized and responsibilized through psychocentric discourses in...

JOURNAL NAME: Journal of Dual Diagnosis
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

Objectives: While permanent housing, addictions, and mental health treatment are often critical needs to achieve housing stability and community reintegration, few studies have systematically integrated them into a single comprehensive approach for people experiencing chronic homelessness. This pilot study examined the feasibility and preliminary outcomes of systematically integrating permanent supportive housing and an evidence-based co-...

JOURNAL NAME: Economic Policy
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

Despite the prevalence of temporary financial assistance programs for those facing imminent homelessness, there is little evidence of their impact. Using data from Chicago from 2010 to 2012 (n = 4448), we demonstrate that the volatile nature of funding availability leads to good-as-random variation in the allocation of resources to individuals seeking assistance. To estimate impacts, we compare families that call when funds are available with...

JOURNAL NAME: Psychiatric Services
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

Objective: Data on services use, characteristics, and geographic distribution of homeless individuals who died in Philadelphia from 2009 to 2011 provided perspective on assessments of the homeless population that rely on conventional counts and surveys.

Methods: Data from the City of Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office were used to parse homeless decedents into three groups on the basis of use of homelessness services (known users,...

JOURNAL NAME: European Journal of Public Health
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

Background: Previous studies have shown that substance use among homeless people is a prevalent problem that is associated with longer durations of homelessness. Most studies of substance use among the homeless were carried out outside Europe and have limited generalizability to European countries. This study therefore aimed to address the prevalence of substance use among homeless people in the Netherlands, the pattern of their use and the...

JOURNAL NAME: Journal of Trauma & Dissociation
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

Almost 1 out of every 3 homeless women (32%) in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia has experienced childhood sexual trauma. We assessed lifetime sexual trauma histories among 29 homeless women from three Southern California community sites: one residential safe house and two safe parking areas. More than half of the women (54%) reported a history of sexual trauma. That rate was higher (86%) among women living at the safe home...

JOURNAL NAME: The American Journal of Emergency Medicine
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

Background: A 2005 study examined emergency department (ED) utilization by homeless patients in the United States. Within the following 5 years, unemployment increased by 5%.

Objective: The objective was to analyze changes in ED utilization between 2005 and 2010 by homeless patients and compare with nonhomeless visits.

Methods: Data from the 2010 National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey were evaluated.

Results: ...

ORGANIZATION: Ministry of Social Development
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

MSD is reviewing options for provision of emergency housing.

This report examines the real-world viability of a range of temporary, comercially procurable options to meet urgent requirements.

The key requirements for the solution are:

Indicatively 100 low-risk placements (50 singles and 50 small families) in Auckland Solution intended to operate in the short-term, deliverable within 3-4 weeks and in operation for 3-6 months...
JOURNAL NAME: Texas Medical Center Dissertations
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

Early parenting has been associated with poor outcomes for both teen parents as well as their children. The goal of this research was to determine if a link exists between current health and pregnancy prevention education and delayed parenting among foster youth between the ages of 14-21 years of age. Analysis included a literature review, a review of data collected as part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s...

JOURNAL NAME: Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

The purpose of this study was to document the first-person perspectives of 10 Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) regarding their efforts to move from homelessness to employment. A qualitative, phenomenological study design was employed through the use of in-depth interviews. Five themes emerged, labeled as (a) fallout from PTSD, (b) motivation to change, (c) family...

ORGANIZATION: AHURI
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

This report addresses the question of whether health service use and health service costs fall as a consequence of supported entry to public housing for formerly homeless people and those at risk of homelessness. It also examines the health and social outcomes of formerly homeless and at-risk of homelessness tenants. 

This report finds that supporting formerly homeless people and those at risk of homelessness into public housing in...

JOURNAL NAME: Indian Journal of Applied Research
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

Homelessness and street life have extremely detrimental effects on children. Their unstable lifestyles, lack of medical care and inadequate living conditions increase young people's susceptibility to chronic illnesses such as respiratory or ear infections, gastrointestinal disorders, and sexually-transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS. Homeless children are lack security, protection, and hop, and continue to face a deep-rooted negative...

ORGANIZATION: County of Simcoe
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2011

Under the Housing Services Act (2011), the County of Simcoe, as Consolidated Municipal Service Manager for this region, is responsible for developing and implementing a 10-year long-term affordable housing strategy effective January 2014.

Approved by County Council on January 28, 2014, Our Community 10-Year Affordable Housing and Homelessness< Prevention Strategy outlines five Strategic Opportunities for effectively addressing...

RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

The Federal Government supported this first homeless count coordinated amongst communities across Canada in 2016. Designated communities of the Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) were encouraged to participate in the count. When communities conduct counts at the same time of year using a common approach, the results can be used to build a better understanding of homelessness across communities in Canada. Brantford/Brant was one of over 30...

ORGANIZATION: City of Yellowknife
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

On Wednesday, May 13th the City of Yellowknife’s Community Advisory Board on Homelessness conducted its first-ever Point-in-Time Homeless Count.

The 2015 Point-in-Time Count—a significant step towards better understanding homelessness in Yellowknife—yielded valuable information about the minimum number of individuals experiencing homelessness in the community.

In addition to important data on homelessness, the 2015 PiT Count...

ORGANIZATION: Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

The 2016 Greater Victoria Point in Time Count (PiT Count) provides an estimate of the extent of homelessness as well as a snapshot of some of the needs of those who are homeless in our region on a single night. The last count and needs assessment was completed through the 2007 Homeless Needs Survey conducted by Victoria Cool Aid Society and the Community Social Planning Council. Starting in 2011, the Greater Victoria Coalition to End...

ORGANIZATION: Urban Institute
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

Family conflict is a key driver of youth homelessness. Most programs serving youth experiencing homelessness use some form of family intervention to address conflict and help reconnect youth with families when such an approach is deemed appropriate. Yet despite the prevalence of family intervention work, no systematic review has assessed the evidence on family intervention strategies, indicating, for example, which are successful in...

ORGANIZATION: The Regional Municipality of Durham
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

At Home in Durham sets out a number of anticipated outcomes and key actions to support the realization of each of these goals. We are starting to see some progress. Homelessness is on the decline, and there is increased financial housing assistance and co-ordination of supports for people struggling to access and maintain suitable and affordable housing.

This is the second annual report of At Home in Durham. It highlights significant...

ORGANIZATION: The Nanaimo Homeless Coalition
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

On February 9, 2016, Nanaimo conducted their sixth homelessness count. This was the first year that Service Canada conducted a Nation-wide Point in Time count (PiT Count). The federal data was used to influence federal funds for homelessness as well as trends for federal census. The sample of the study consisted of 174 people who were asked a series of federal and local questions about their experience being homeless. A magnet event and fixed...

ORGANIZATION: Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and The Rank Foundation
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

In 2012 the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and The Rank Foundation agreed to collaborate on a research project to address some of the complex and urgent challenges facing communities in the UK. In the three-year period that followed, 58 Fellows were selected to undertake international, experiential research to investigate the question of how to build strong communities, exploring examples of good practice that might be relevant and...

RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2012

On January 1st, 2012, the Housing Services Act came into effect. One of the requirements of this new Act is for Service Managers to have a local Housing and Homelessness Plan that will encompass a ten-year period. Bruce County is a designated Service Manager under the Act and as such, must develop a ten-year Plan. The purpose of the Housing and Homelessness Plan is to:

Provide a comprehensive approach to respond to local...
ORGANIZATION: City of Thompson
RESOURCE TYPE: Report
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

This project was funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS). The City of Thompson is the Community Entity (CE) designated by the Homeless Partnering Strategy (HPS) to report annually on the amount received. The 2014-2019 Community Plan of the Thompson Community Advisory Board (CAB) included the completion of Point in Time (PiT) Homeless Count in 2015 and 2016 (Thompson Community Advisory Board for...

JOURNAL NAME: PLOS ONE
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

There is an increased risk of death due to drug toxicity after release from incarceration. The purpose of this study was to describe the timing, rate and circumstances of drug toxicity deaths following release from incarceration. This information can be used to help design potential preventive interventions.

JOURNAL NAME: Administration and Policy in Mental Health
RESOURCE TYPE: Journal
PUBLICATION DATE: 2016

The experiences of individuals with mental illness and addictions who frequently present to hospital emergency departments (EDs) have rarely been explored. This study reports findings from self-reported, quantitative surveys (n = 166) and in-depth, qualitative interviews (n = 20) with frequent ED users with mental health and/or substance use challenges in a large urban centre. Participants presented to hospital for mental health (35 %),...

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