Monthly Bulletin – Housing

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Housing


Westside (West Kelowna) Point-in-Time Count 2018 Report

On Monday July 23rd, 2018, the City of West Kelowna and Westbank First Nation coordinated with community agencies and volunteers to conduct the Westside’s first-ever Point-in-Time (PiT) Homeless Count.

The 2018 Point-in-Time Count is a significant step towards better understanding homelessness on the Westside. It provides valuable information about the individuals experiencing or struggling with homelessness in the community.

In addition to important data on living conditions, the 2018 PiT Count allowed the City of West Kelowna and Westbank First Nations as partnering agencies to build and foster relationships with service providers and improve the capacity to conduct PiT Counts in the future. The lessons learned from the 2018 count will inform future counts and housing initiatives on the Westside.

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-Source: Newsletter, The Homeless Hub, 20 September 2018

2018 Affordable Housing Budget Expenditure Highlights in Canada

2018 has seen a significant amount of change and investment in social, non-profit, and affordable housing across the country. In the context of a dynamic and changing housing policy framework across the country, this report examines the commitments made by provinces and territories in their respective 2018-2019 budgets and highlights recent housing announcements and initiatives underway within specific provinces and territories.

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-Source: Newsletter, The Homeless Hub, 4 October 2018

Raising Canada: A Report on Children in Canada, Their Health and Well-Being

The purpose of this brief report is to paint a high-level picture of children in Canada, and their health and wellbeing, using readily available, reputable sources of data. We begin by describing the current population of children across Canada and trends over time. Do we have more or fewer children in Canada now compared to the past? What about the future? Which parts of the country do they live in? The report then turns to the health and wellbeing of our children. What do we know about the health status of children in Canada, both mental and physical? What about key social determinants of health, given their importance to health and wellbeing? How does Canada compare to other countries with similar standards of living?

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-Source: Newsletter, The Homeless Hub, 4 October 2018

The Unintended Consequences of Stupid Rules

Policies tell a story. For example, workplaces requiring a doctor’s note to confirm illness tells us that there is a lack of trust around workers (recent legislation in Ontario now prevents this requirement). Undergraduate university admissions policies that are based only on grades tell the story of the absolute value of academic achievement over other experiences.

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-Source: Newsletter, The Homeless Hub, 4 October 2018

Homes For B.C.: A 30-Point Plan for Housing Affordability in British Columbia

In September 2018, the Government of British Columbia announced a new provincial budget which includes a comprehensive housing plan and record levels of capital investment. This housing plan, called Homes for B.C., aims to make affordable housing more accessible and allocates funding to address homelessness across the province.

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-Source: Newsletter, The Homeless Hub, 27 September 2018

When Tenants ‘Graduate’ from Housing First Programs: 10 Things to Know

With limited resources at their disposal, System Planners—such as the Calgary Homeless Foundation (CHF)—like to know how long various subgroups of persons experiencing homelessness will likely require various forms of housing support. With this in mind, Ali Jadidzadeh and I have co-authored a study that appears in Housing Studies—a leading housing journal. Titled Patterns of exits from housing in a homelessness system of care: The case of Calgary, Alberta, the study looks at the case of CHF-funded Housing First programs.

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-Source: Newsletter, The Homeless Hub, 13 September 2018
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