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Learning from Youth with Lived Experience to Realize Homelessness Prevention in Schools: Learnings from Tio’tiá:ke/Montréal

While schools can be a powerful site of homelessness prevention, they are also a potential site of harm for many young people, particularly youth with disabilities and mental health struggles, youth from poverty, Indigenous youth, Black youth, and youth navigating homophobia and transphobia. However, youth see schools as an important site where homelessness prevention can happen.


Transforming Relationships and Systems through The Victoria Declaration

Overview: The Home in the City Project

There are diverse understandings and complex power relations within governance relationships. This is demonstrated through the intersectional communities formed among individuals accessing housing services, providing services, and advocating for services. The relationships that hold these communities together are impacted by formal and informal decisions about how we respond to community issues – this is what we call governance.


Working Towards New Frontiers in Prevention Policy: The Quebec Homelessness Prevention Policy Collaborative (Q-HPPC)

In Quebec, homelessness has become a significant social issue. At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the homelessness sector saw a surge in the number of people seeking our services. According to the 2015 and 2018 point-in-time counts, homelessness was already on the rise in Quebec before the onset of the pandemic and most people in the sector believe it has further increased since then.


Towards a Framework for Addressing Anti-Black Racism in Housing and Homelessness

With the 2022 National Conference on Ending Homelessness less than a month away, I am excited to discuss a doctoral research project I have been working on. This research project seeks to create a framework to address anti-Black racism in the housing and homelessness sector. This blog will provide an overview of the goals, methodology and implications of the research.


Expanding Shelter Diversion and Eviction Prevention Programs in Canada

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How many organizations across Canada offer Shelter Diversion (SD) and Eviction Prevention (EP) programs and what's the key to their success? That’s what our new project aims to discover, with your help! Tell us about your SD or EP program, so that together we can create tools to help other communities implement successful SD and EP programs to prevent and end homelessness.