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“Demand [for mental health and substance use supports] has increased. Serious changes need to be made to support youth and connect with them at a level that resonates…”
Ending homelessness is ultimately a human endeavor. It involves relationships, meeting people where they are at, and seeking to find solutions that are a point of common understanding.
The COVID-19 Policing and Homelessness Initiative was launched in June 2020, with the goal of documenting the relations between policing agents and people experiencing homelessness during the pandemic.
On 9 June 2020, I participated in a panel discussion in David Hulchanski’s graduate-level social housing and home
As Canada exits the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the urgency to permanently rehouse people experiencing homelessness continues to grow. Two concerns loom: the end of the moratorium on evictions, and the loss of current hotels/motels being used as temporary accommodations.
Youth Reconnect and The Upstream Project Canada are youth homelessness early intervention prevention initiatives that are based on partnerships between schools and community social service organizations. This blog post discusses the case for the innovative collaboration models undertaken by these initiatives, with the critical role of schools at the forefront.
The urban camping/rough sleeping/unsheltered debate in Canada very much predates the COVID-19 pandemic. Community members, service providers, policy makers, and at times orders of government differ on the right approaches to supporting or confronting those who live unsheltered in public spaces.
Earlier this year, a large rally was held in downtown Ottawa calling for a state of emergency. Spearheaded by urban municipal Councillor Catherine McKenney, the emergency was called in response to mounting concerns about an increase in folks at risk of homelessness.