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Emergency Reproductive Care at YWCA Hamilton: Addressing the Needs of Pregnant People Experiencing Homelessness

It is Sexual Health Week – a chance to reflect on the services, resources, and organizations working to improve sexual health outcomes in Canada – including access to reproductive care. 

At YWCA Hamilton, we have been working to promote and provide reproductive care to those who face barriers to access. Women, trans and non-binary peoples’ experiences of homelessness cannot be separated from their reproductive health and rights.


Survey: What Would it Take to Prevent Youth Homelessness in Your Community?

Have you heard about Housing First for Youth? What about Youth Reconnect or Duty to Assist? These are just some of the youth homelessness prevention programs that can be implemented in communities of any size across Canada.

Take our survey to help us understand your knowledge of and interest in these youth homelessness prevention interventions and others, and what it would take to implement them in your community.


Retooling Assessment and Processes for More Equitable Outcomes in the Homelessness Sector in Canada

The Canadian Observatory on Homelessness (COH) continues to evaluate the design and use of assessment tools within the homelessness sector, to ensure that communities have access to the best, most evidence-based resources. This blog shares our recent reflections on assessment tools and processes. It also highlights key findings from a national survey on assessment tools launched by the COH in the fall of 2021.


National Day of Awareness and Action for Missing and Murdered Indigenous women, girls and gender-diverse people

The Canadian Observatory on Homelessness (COH) acknowledges its presence on the traditional territory of many Indigenous Nations. The area known as Tkaronto has been care taken by the Anishinabek Nation, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, and the Huron-Wendat. It is now home to many First Nation, Inuit and Métis communities. We acknowledge the current treaty holders, the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.


The Impacts of Green Gentrification on Homelessness; Urban Greening and Displacement in Parc-Extension Neighborhood of Montreal

Recent decades have seen the emergence of a worrying pattern: environmental initiatives – that are protected from criticism in public and political discourses – are being awarded large funding contracts despite their inability to tackle the issues they are intended to address. This article looks at one of these publicly-funded greening initiatives, Ville en Vert,  and highlights the wider socio-economic impacts of their urban greening projects in Montreal.


5 FREE training opportunities now on the Homelessness Learning Hub!

I am pleased to announce a major update to the Homelessness Learning Hub today! We have given the site a full refresh – with a new look, new learning opportunities, and new ways to connect with sector experts and peers. Not everything is new, though. The site is still dedicated to providing free, professional development training and support to the homeless-serving sector.