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Homeless Hub Newsletter - September 22, 2016
No Vacancy: Afforability & Homelessness in Vancouver

No Vacancy: Affordability & Homelessness in Vancouver

Bernie Pauly, Geoff Cross, Derek Weiss

Recent Point-in-Time homeless counts in Metro Vancouver and City of Vancouver indicate a growing number of people experiencing homelessness in the community. Despite government investments in social housing and rent supplements, more people are homeless in Metro Vancouver than ever before. Virtually every indicator points to an increase in homelessness and housing insecurity in Metro Vancouver, both now and in coming years. Unless significant action is taken to address these structural factors, homelessness will continue to impact a growing number of individuals and families.

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The National Youth Homelessness Survey

Webinar: Without a Home - The National Youth Homelessness Survey 

Next week, on November 16th, we will release the results of Without a Home: The National Youth Homelessness Survey, the very first pan-Canadian study on young people who are homeless. This webinar will present the findings that will be available in the report. Register for the webinar, from 1-2pm (ET) on Friday, November 18th!

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Blog: Data - The Elephant in the Room

Melanie Redman

This month's A Way Home Update looks at the role data plays in developing solutions to youth homelessness, with a focus on the forthcoming National Youth Homelessness Survey report. In this blog post, read about why we need data, what kind of data we need, and what can do with data once we collect it.

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A Living Wage & Homelessness

Blog: A Living Wage & Homelessness

Nadia Ali

We are all familiar with the concept of a minimum wage, which is the lowest wage rate an employer can pay an employee. However, workers across the country who earn a minimum wage are struggling to afford even the basic necessities of life. It has been unequivocally established that poverty and homelessness are strongly correlated, where a loss of income acts as a major factor associated with homelessness. How then would a living wage factor in the lives of those experiencing homelessness?

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Downtown Women's Needs Assessment

Downtown Women's Needs Assessment  

Downtown Women's Action Coalition

National research shows that domestic violence is one of the main drivers into homelessness for women. This 2016 report details the characteristics, and conditions facing homeless and extremely low-income women living in downtown Los Angeles, and found nearly half of all respondents (46.9%) had experienced violence within the last 12 months. Due to a lack of safe, affordable housing options, these women are often forced to choose between remaining with their abuser or becoming homeless.

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AMA today at 1pm!

Ask Me Anything – Landlord Engagement with Michael McGee, CMHA. 

Michael McGee, Housing Coordinator at the Canadian Mental Health Association, has worked for more than 25 years in the mental health field in both the hospital and community setting. Ask Michael Anything about landlord engagement during our AMA today! Do you have any questions or suggestions on ways to work together with landlords? Can you share examples of concerns landlords have expressed and how you addressed them? Post them on the workspace and join the discussion live today from 1-2PM (ET)!

Post your questions on the Workspace
Join the National Learning Community on Youth Homelessness

National Learning Community: Become a General Member today!

The National Learning Community on Youth Homelessness is recruiting new General Members. The Learning Community is working to achieve a reduction in the length of time that youth experience homelessness, due to prevention programs and improved practices and policies. Connect with other youth serving organization and individuals across the country through this community of practice, and get front of the line access to newly released research and resources.  The General Membership fee is $25 for individuals and $100 for organizations. 

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Preventing, Reducing and Ending LGBTQ2S Youth Homelessness: The Need for Targeted Strategies

Preventing, Reducing and Ending LGBTQ2S Youth Homelessness: The Need for Targeted Strategies

Social Inclusion, Volume 4, Issue 4.
Abramovich, A.


Gender non-conforming and sexual minority youth are overrepresented in the homeless youth population and are frequently discriminated against in shelters and youth serving organizations. This paper provides a contextual understanding of the ways that institutional and governmental policies and standards often perpetuate the social exclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and 2-Spirit (LGBTQ2S) youth, by further oppression and marginalization.

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Partnering to Hack Homelessness

Event: Partnering to Hack Homelessness

Homelessness Partnering Strategy

The Government of Canada’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy is looking for your innovative solutions to address homelessness. Register now for Partnering to Hack Homelessness (P2H²), a weekend-long hackathon, on November 18–20, in Ottawa, Ontario! Apply your community knowledge, coding, design, and data visualization skills to do good for your community.

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