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We Want YOU to Submit Resources for the Homelessness Learning Hub!

By now you’ve probably heard the word on the street. The Canadian Observatory on Homelessness (COH) has launched a new website: the Homelessness Learning Hub.

Last year, the COH reached out to a range of organizations in order to re-imagine the Community Workspace on Homelessness. In response, the COH conducted surveys, interviews and focus groups with a diverse range of stakeholders to get a better understanding of what the sector needs. 


What Does the Learning Community Have Planned for 2019?

The National Learning Community on Youth Homelessness (or Learning Community for short) is a pan-Canadian community of practice consisting of leading youth serving organizations across the country who are making the shift away from simply managing the crisis of youth homelessness to preventing and ending it. As a Founding Member of A Way Home Canada, the Learning Community helps guide and inform the national work of A Way Home Canada to prevent and end youth homelessness through impacting practice, policy, and planning.


Looking for Training Resources? We’ve Got the Answer for You!

We get it: funding for professional development and training for frontline service providers in our sector is slim. When budgets are tight, it’s often the first thing to go out the window as we’re trying our best to give all our resources to the people we serve. And yet, professional development is what makes our organizations more sustainable. From starting new frontline staff on the right track, to engaging lifers to continually expand their learning, we understand that frontline organizations are in need of these resources.  


Design Research and the Art of Self-Expression

Watch what happens when you dump a bunch of craft supplies onto a table and ask people to make something. You’ll get a few blanks stares at first. Some people will say, “I’m not artistic.” Give it a few minutes, though; people won’t be able to resist the urge to rifle through the curious collection of materials that lies in front of them. They’ll dive in, cutting shapes from scraps of construction paper, gluing sequins on pieces of felt, or sketching ideas with fluorescent pencil crayons. There is something about making things with your hands that feels satisfying.