Monthly Bulletin – Housing

KCR Monthly Bulletin – Table of Contents


New Homeless Shelter Opening in West Kelowna for the Winter

A temporary winter shelter is opening in West Kelowna, giving people experiencing homelessness a place to stay safe and warm.

In partnership with the City of West Kelowna and the West Kelowna Shelter Society, the Province is funding up to 40 new shelter spaces at Westbank United Church, 3672 Brown Rd.

The shelter will be open 24 hours, seven days a week. Shelter guests will have access to laundry, showers and opportunities to meet with representatives from health and other social service agencies.

The new shelter is expected to open by Christmas and will help relieve pressure from four other provincially funded shelters in the Kelowna area, which are running at or near capacity on a nightly basis.

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-Source: KelownaNow, 7 December 2018

Call for Expressions of Interest 2019

Parity is the national publication of the Council to Homeless Persons and is the national homelessness publication in Australia. On Tuesday, the Call for Expressions of Interest was launched, inviting everyone working on youth homelessness prevention in Canada to contribute to Parity’s October 2019 “Preventing and Sustaining Exits from Youth Homelessness in Canada” edition. The Call for Expressions of Interest closes at 11:59 pm EST on January 4th, 2019.

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-Source: Newsletter, Homeless Hub, 29 November 2018


Dates: November 4-6, 2019
Location: Edmonton, AB

Beginning the End of Homelessness in Canada
The National Conference on Ending Homelessness arms policy makers, funders, researchers, advocates, community leaders and front-line workers with the inspiration, information, tools and training they need to end homelessness.

Did we mention that #CAEH19 is happening in Edmonton next November 4th to 6th? Check out this welcome video from Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson.

In early January we’ll be updating our website with more information including how to become a sponsor, our call for presentations and information on scholarships for next year’s National Conference on Ending Homelessness!

-Source: Newsletter, Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness, 10 December 2018

Finally, A National Housing Strategy: Now Let’s Work Together

In November 2017, Canada released its first National Housing Strategy. Over the next 11 years, $40 billion will potentially be allocated toward building and maintaining housing units. Although this is an important first step, this will not be sufficient enough to address the severe housing problems that have accumulated over the past few decades. With 1.7 million Canadian homes in a state of core housing need, and the most severe housing crises affecting many Indigenous communities, there is a need for funding to be matched at all levels of government.

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-Source: Newsletter, Homeless Hub, 6 December 2018

Welfare in Canada 2017

Welfare in Canada is a series that presents the welfare incomes of four example households living on social assistance in a given year. The Welfare in Canada reports look at the total incomes available to those relying on social assistance (often called “welfare”), taking into account tax credits and other benefits along with social assistance itself. The reports look at four different household types for each province and territory. Welfare in Canada, 2017 looks at the maximum total amount that a household (an individual or family) would have received over the course of the 2017 calendar year, assuming they had no other source of income and no assets. Some households may have received less if they had income from other sources, while some households may have received more if they had special health- or disability-related needs.

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-Source: Newsletter, Homeless Hub, 29 November 2018

National Survey Series – Without a Home 2019 Links to Policy and Public Systems

The Canadian Observatory on Homelessness and A Way Home Canada released episode one of their National Youth Survey on Homelessness (Without a Home) podcast series. Episode one features Amanda Buchnea and David French for a discussion on the impact of the 2016 Without a Home report and how the national survey results can be used as an educational and advocacy tool both outside and within governments.

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-Source: Newsletter, Homeless Hub, 29 November 2018

From Housing Market to Human Right: A View from Metro Vancouver

This report presents a Vancouver economist’s perspective on how the “financialization” of housing has become a key driver of Canada’s housing crisis. Specific recommendations on how the National Housing Strategy can be used to guarantee housing as human right are offered.

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-Source: Newsletter, Homeless Hub, 15 November 2018

Without a Home: National Survey on Youth Homelessness 2019

In partnership with the COH, A Way Home Canada and The Home Depot Foundation, Without a Home is a national study of young people who experience homelessness. First held in 2015, it was the first and the largest of its kind in Canada. Since the release of Without a Home: The National Youth Survey on Homelessness, we now have robust data on youth experiences of homelessness, and the causes and conditions of youth homelessness. The data has informed policy at the federal, provincial, and municipal level through the publication of three policy briefs in 2017: Mental Health Care for Homeless Youth, Child Welfare and Youth Homelessness in Canada, and Opportunity Knocks: Prioritizing Canada’s Most Vulnerable Youth.

With the aim of surveying 2,000 youth, the Without a Home study will provide an unprecedented dataset on youth experiences of homelessness. The study is designed to better understand systems and structural drivers of youth homelessness, as well as to tailor policy towards preventative solutions to youth homelessness.

Youth experts with lived experience are an integral part of the survey design process, working with the researchers on ensuring the survey speaks to the issues young people find most pressing, and want policymakers to know.

This year’s survey launch date is January 14th, 2019!

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-Source: Newsletter, Homeless Hub, 15 November 2018

Student Homelessness in Canada: an Introductory Study

We don’t know enough about student homelessness in Canada. In this guest blog, Dr. Eric Weissman, Ph.D., explores the research he’s done on the issue and how much more work needs to happen to properly address the problem.

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-Source: Tim Richter, 2 November 2018
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