Monthly Bulletin – Housing

KCR Monthly Bulletin – Table of Contents


Survey: Healthy Housing Strategy

Housing is on the tops of minds across the country and Kelowna is no stranger to the housing challenges it’s facing.

Kelowna, like many other cities across Canada, is facing rapidly escalating housing costs, extremely low rental vacancy and increased population growth. The City of Kelowna recently completed a Housing Needs Assessment (External link)which identifies housing needs based on current and future trends. Further, results from the 2017 Citizen Survey demonstrate that investment in housing is one of the top priorities.

The next step is to build a Healthy Housing Strategy, which will include actions to positively impact the housing challenges in Kelowna.

Your help is needed. Share your input on the recommendations and invite your friends, colleagues and family to get involved.

Survey Deadline: January 15, 2018

Take the Survey

-Source: Newsletter, Central Okanagan Early Years Partnership, 28 November 2017

Canadian Definition of Homelessness

The Canadian Observatory on Homelessness (COH) has developed a definition and typology of homelessness intended to improve understanding, measurement and responses to homelessness in Canada by providing a common ‘language’ for addressing this complex problem. Working in collaboration with national, regional and local stakeholders, including people with lived experience, we have developed a definition that draws on our shared history of attempting to define homelessness in Canada, but also on effective models from other jurisdictions (most particularly, the ETHOS definition from Europe). The result is a useable, understandable definition of homelessness that is uniquely Canadian yet allows for national and international comparison.

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-Source: Newsletter, Homeless Hub, 30 November 2017

Can a National Housing Strategy Prevent Homelessness in Canada?

On Wednesday, Nov. 22, the federal government released their long-awaited National Housing Strategy (NHS), marking a return of federal leadership to the housing sector after a four-decade absence. The Canadian Observatory on Homelessness welcomes the strategy, including its critical investment in the affordable housing and leadership in articulating a right to housing for all Canadians.

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-Source: Newsletter, The Canadian Observatory on Homelessness, 27 November 2017

A Prevention-Centered Approach to Homelessness Assistance: A Paradigm Shift?

Prevention has long been cited as an important part of any strategy to end homelessness. Nonetheless, effective prevention initiatives have proven difficult to implement in practice. The lack of a prevention-oriented policy framework has resulted in responses to homelessness that focus primarily on assisting those who have already lost their housing and, consequently, to the institutionalization of homelessness. Recent Federal legislation, however, signals an emergent paradigm shift towards prevention-based approaches to homelessness. This paper explores the conceptual underpinnings of successful prevention initiatives and reviews practice-based evidence from several successful prevention-oriented approaches to homelessness in the United States and Europe. We then outline a conceptual framework for a transformation of homeless assistance towards preventionoriented approaches, with a discussion of relevant issues of program design and practice, data collection standards, and program performance monitoring and evaluation.

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-Source: Newsletter, Homeless Hub, 30 November 2017

An Exploration into the Lives of Previously Homeless Young People who have Lived in Temporary Supported Housing as Adolescents

Previous research into youth homelessness has primarily focused on specific aspects within one’s homeless experience. This study offers exclusive access to four young adults who experienced homelessness as adolescents

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-Source: Newsletter, Homeless Hub, 30 November 2017

Youth Employment Strategy (2017)

Youth Employment 2017Four Strategies:

1. Provide Mentoring: Youth can benefit from experiences, connections and advice on how best to pursue employment opportunities. The practical preparation needed by youth is broad, ranging from understanding work culture and expectations, to connecting with others to discover and pursue opportunities, and how to skillfully manage their careers (personal finances, dress, job interviews etc.).

-Source: Newsletter, Homeless Hub, 16 November 2017

Ten-year, $40bn Housing Strategy Announced

The Prime Minister announced a 10-year, $40 billion National Housing Strategy aimed at reducing homelessness and improving the availability and quality of housing. The plan, which includes $300 million in additional federal funding to address housing needs in Canada’s North, calls for investment in repairs to existing units and will fund the Canada Housing Benefit to support at least 300,000 households across the country.

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-Source: Newsletter, Early Alert, Imagine Canada, 27 November 2017

Where am I Going to go? Intersectional Approaches to Ending LGBTQ2S Youth Homelessness in Canada & the U.S.

Article: Where am I Going to go? Intersectional Approaches to Ending LGBTQ2S Youth Homelessness in Canada & the U.S.This book is an effort to address LGBTQ2S (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and two-spirit) youth homelessness in both Canada & the U.S. It includes an examination of the identity-related structural barriers LGBTQ2S youth experiencing homelessness face while accessing adequate services and transitioning out of homelessness, as well as program models that successfully address those barriers.

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-Source: Newsletter, Homeless Hub, 23 November 2017

Child Welfare & Youth Homelessness in Canada: A Proposal for Action

With the release of Without a Home: The National Youth Homelessness Survey (2016), we now have robust national data on the links between youth homelessness and child welfare involvement. Without a Home, conducted by the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness in partnership with A Way Home Canada, surveyed 1,103 youth experiencing homelessness across Canada. Youth in 42 different communities and nine of the 10 Canadian provinces, as well as Nunavut Territory, completed the self-report survey. The results provide the first national picture of youth homelessness in Canada.

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-Source: Newsletter, Homeless Hub, 23 November 2017

Definition of Indigenous Homelessness in Canada

Indigenous homelessness is a human condition that describes First Nations, Métis and Inuit individuals, families or communities lacking stable, permanent, appropriate housing, or the immediate prospect, means or ability to acquire such housing. Unlike the common colonialist definition of homelessness, Indigenous homelessness is not defined as lacking a structure of habitation; rather, it is more fully described and understood through a composite lens of Indigenous worldviews. These include: individuals, families and communities isolated from their relationships to land, water, place, family, kin, each other, animals, cultures, languages and identities. Importantly, Indigenous people experiencing these kinds of homelessness cannot culturally, spiritually, emotionally or physically reconnect with their Indigeneity or lost relationships (Aboriginal Standing Committee on Housing and Homelessness, 2012).

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-Source: Newsletter, Homeless Hub, 23 November 2017

A Portable Housing Benefit as an Indispensable Component of Ending Homelessness in Canada

The policy brief, A Portable Housing Benefit as an Indispensable Component of Ending Homelessness in Canada, describes why PHB is a critical part of services delivered by Housing First programs to assist people who have experienced chronic or episodic homelessness to become stably housed. The policy brief also presents the research that has demonstrated its effectiveness, along with a set of recommendations.

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-Source: Newsletter, Homeless Hub, 9 November 2017
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