Reports

The gaps and weaknesses in our social safety net have been laid bare when we see the impacts of the pandemic on young people at-risk of or experiencing homelessness and the youth-serving sector itself. Understanding the youth-serving sector’s need for early-stage, applied research and evidence on...
Family homelessness is a complex and pervasive issue in Canada. Particularly troubling is the overrepresentation of Indigenous families in Canada’s emergency shelters and in unsafe/ unstable housing. Indigenous families headed by women are at high risk for racist and violent practices and...
In 2017 the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness (COH), in partnership with Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre (Ma Mawi) and the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg (SPCW), held a Roundtable on envisioning an end to Indigenous homelessness. Indigenous service providers, advocates, and people with lived...
This framework introduces and provides an overview of Family and Natural Supports (FNS), a preventive approach to addressing youth homelessness. FNS is a key component of a larger systemic shift in responses to homelessness, away from emergency service provision and instead toward the prevention of...
Youth Reconnect (YR) is a community-based early intervention program that is designed to help young people (ages 13–24) who are at risk of or in the early stages of homelessness.The goal of YR is to help young people stay connected to their family, community and school, and to strengthen...
The COVID-19 crisis is disproportionately affecting people that are precariously housed, homeless, and/or lack access to hygiene and space for physical distancing. For young people, access to stable housing and supports to cope during and after the crisis are essential. Meeting basic needs,...