Monthly Bulletin – Housing

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The 3rd Annual Canadian Homelessness Data Sharing Initiative

Date: May 28-29, 2018, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Cost: $100 – $200
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What can we learn if we start sharing data across projects?
In May each year, researchers from across Canada gather in Calgary to discuss the data they are collecting to support various projects related to homelessness. We have learned that our data can and should be shared to support new, better and more impactful analysis.

How can we use our collective data to produce better, more accurate results to inform the allocation of resources and end homelessness in our communities.

In short, how can we use our data to make a difference?

-Source: Newsletter, Homeless Hub, 15 March 2018

Q & A with A Way Home Kelowna

Since we launched the A Way Home Canada coalition in 2015, communities, provinces and even countries around the world have adopted the A Way Home name as a way to attach themselves to this growing international movement for change. What we seek is a fundamental shift in how we respond to youth homelessness, from a predominantly crisis response to one that focuses on prevention and sustained exits from homelessness. To make this shift happen, we must work across the systems that drive young people into homelessness to ensure they are part of the solutions. Over the upcoming months, I’ll continue to showcase efforts to do just that; and this month, our spotlight shifts to Kelowna, B.C. We’ve worked for years with amazing partners across B.C., and have supported Kelowna in various ways to get here, but the majority of the credit goes to the dedication and commitment of the community to take collective action

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-Source: Newsletter, Homeless Hub, 15 March 2018

Infectious Diseases Among those Experiencing Homelessness

People experiencing homelessness are at an increased vulnerability of being exposed to and/or contracting various infectious diseases. This is because of difficulties related to their experiences of homelessness including: maintaining personal hygiene, obtaining adequate nutrition, staying in crowded and poorly ventilated environments, engaging in sex work, using intravenous (IV) drugs, and transitioning between imprisonment and homelessness. These factors make it more likely for some individuals, compared to the general population, to face problems with their immune systems.

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-Source: Newsletter, Homeless Hub, 5 March 2018

Without a Home – 2nd National Survey on Youth Homelessness

Date: Wednesday, April 18, 2018, 10:00 am – 11:30 am PST
Cost: Free
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First held in 2015, the National Survey on Youth Homelessness was the first ever pan-Canadian study of young people who experience homelessness. With 1,103 respondents from 47 communities across 10 provinces and territories, the results of the survey significantly improved our understanding of youth homelessness in this country.

This year, through funding from the Home Depot Canada Foundation and in partnership with A Way Home Canada, we are conducting a second survey in fall 2018 – this time even bigger in scope!

Our speakers, Stephen Gaetz (President & CEO, COH), Melanie Redman (President & CEO, A Way Home Canada), and Nadia Ali (Projects Officer, COH) will discuss:
  • Positive outcomes of the first National Survey on Youth Homelessness
  • This year’s objectives & scope
  • Information for youth-agencies who would like to partner with us
  • Any questions live

Who should join this webinar?
  • Agencies who have registered an interest to participate
  • Researchers
  • Policy makers
  • Youth Advocates
  • Anyone interested in learning more about the survey

-Source: Newsletter, Homeless Hub, 5 March 2018

Upcoming AMA Session

Date: Thursday, April 12, 2018, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
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Do you have a question about the rights of youth who are facing homelessness in Canada? Join us for an Ask-Me-Anything session on legal barriers and the rights of homeless youth with Julia Huys, Street Youth Legal Services Lawyer. The AMA will be held on April 12th 2018 from 1-2pm to acknowledge the International Day for Street Children.

Post your question for Julia before April 12th and be entered to win a copy of “Where Am I Going to Go?: Intersectional approaches to ending LGBTQ2S Youth Homelessness in Canada & the U.S.”!

-Source: Newsletter, Homeless Hub, 29 March 2018

No Place like Home?: Exploring the Concerns, Preferences & Experiences of LGBT*Q Social Housing Residents

Despite changes in equality laws in recent years, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, Queer and Questioning (LGBT*Q) people still face discrimination across a range of public services, including social housing. However, little is really known about the needs and views of LGBT*Q residents who live in housing provided by a housing association or local authority. We conducted this study to find out. The study was commissioned by HouseProud and funded by six housing associations (Clarion, Genesis, Hanover, L&Q, Optivo and Riverside). The study was conducted as HomeSAFE (secure, accessible, friendly, equal) by researchers from the University of Surrey and Goldsmiths, University of London. Over 260 people participated, through a survey, focus groups and interviews. More details about what was involved and who participated can be found at the back of this brochure.

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-Source: Newsletter, Homeless Hub, 22 March 2018

Homelessness & Employment: The Case of Calgary

On March 8, I gave a guest presentation to students in Professor Naomi Lightman’s Sociology of Work class at the University of Calgary. I was joined by Alexander Kulakov and Amit Nade, employment coaches at the Mustard Seed. My PowerPoint slides can be downloaded here.

Here are 10 things to know:
In Calgary, there aren’t enough jobs to go around, and income support programs for those without work are inadequate. According to the most recent Labour Force Survey, there are almost 173,000 adults in Alberta actively searching for work [1] (in spite of this, 15% of persons experiencing homelessness in Alberta do report some income from employment). While some unemployed people qualify for Employment Insurance (EI), most don’t. And for those who do qualify, benefits are both modest and temporary. Unemployed people who don’t qualify for EI can always apply for social assistance, but these benefits are even more modest (for an overview of social assistance throughout Canada, see this blog post; and for an overview on social assistance in Alberta specifically, see this blog post).

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-Source: Newsletter, Homeless Hub, 22 March 2018

Aboriginal Health Counts Toronto: Housing & Mobility Factsheet

The Our Health Counts, Toronto research project will contribute to the priority area of Applying the “Two-Eyed Seeing“ Model in Aboriginal Health, specifically utilizing “Two-Eyed Seeing” in assessing and improving the health of urban Aboriginal people. The study design provides an opportunity to address the broad gaps in urban Aboriginal health assessment across health domains and lifecycle stages with a focus on a key health care utilization indicator (ER use). Our Aboriginal community partners (Seven Generation Midwives Toronto) and collaborators have made it clear that a comprehensive health assessment that balances wellness and illness measures and looks across the lifecycle and physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health domains is desired, and at the same time the study recognizes the scientific merit and policy relevance of our proposed longitudinal tracking and analytic study of the key drivers of emergency room admissions. This broad approach to the health research is necessary in order to ensure our research meets the dual criteria of Aboriginal community relevance and scientific excellence, and in doing so embodies and puts into action the “Two-Eyed Seeing“ model in Aboriginal health.

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-Source: Newsletter, Homeless Hub, 15 March 2018

Falling Through the Cracks: How the Community-based Approach has Failed Calgary’s Chronically Homeless

A survey of 300 people experiencing chronic homelessness and those sleeping rough in Calgary reveals that these individuals have suffered childhood trauma at a rate five times higher than the general population.

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-Source: Newsletter, Homeless Hub, 15 March 2018

Is Housing First Effective for Indigenous Women & Children Fleeing Violence?

This question came from Margaret A. via our latest website survey.

I’m glad that this question has been asked because it touches on an incredibly important issue. Indigenous Peoples are over-represented in the homeless population in general, and Indigenous women are homeless in much greater numbers than non-Indigenous women. A history of colonization and marginalization has resulted in what Browne and Fiske (2001) called “a multiple jeopardy” (p. 27) for Indigenous women, “who face individual and institutional discrimination, and disadvantages on the basis of race, gender and class” (Patrick, 2014, p. 39). Patriarchy (male dominance at a structural level), racism, trauma, oppression, racist legislation (like The Indian Act), and ineffective child welfare policies are all contributing factors to poverty, abuse and homelessness for many Indigenous women.

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-Source: Newsletter, Homeless Hub, 15 March 2018

Four Unique Challenges of Women Experiencing Homelessness

Without a doubt, homelessness is a devastating and extremely stressful experience, as basic needs like food, shelter, medical care and safety would be difficult to obtain while unhoused. According to the State of Homelessness 2016, at least 235,000 Canadians experience homelessness each year, and 27 percent of them are women. As difficult as homelessness may be for anyone, women face additional challenges that make experiencing homelessness harder.

These are some of the unique challenges faced by women when experiencing homelessness:

Most women and transgender men experiencing homelessness have to deal with periods—a monthly financial burden men don’t have to worry about. Feminine hygiene products, which are necessary purchases, become a splurge for those who are unhoused. Some are forced to choose between pads/tampons and food. In a 2016 report describing how women experiencing homelessness in the U.K. manage their periods, some participants said resorting to toilet paper from public washrooms instead of pads, and another woman reported using an old t-shirt. Homemade alternatives and prolonged use of the same cloth, along with limited access to a washer and dryer, is unsanitary and can cause health issues.

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-Source: Newsletter, Homeless Hub, 15 March 2018
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