Homeless Hub Newsletter - September 15, 2016
The very poor and the affordability of housing

The very poor and the affordability of housing

Ron Kneebone & Margarita Wilkins, University of Calgary

A considerable momentum has developed around the perceived need for a national affordable housing strategy. The design of any such strategy should recognize who is in need, the size of the need, and where that need is greatest. This report presents facts on the affordability of housing for those at risk of the most serious form of housing crisis, namely, the threat of homelessness. 
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Homeless Hub Blog - Housing First for Youth (HF4Y): A Way Home’s Collaborative Vision

Housing First for Youth (HF4Y): A Way Home’s Collaborative Vision

Melanie Redman, A Way Home

Housing First for Youth is a human rights-based approach that is a critical tool in our prevention toolbox. We have some national and international examples of using Housing First for Youth to prevent young people exiting systems like foster care and corrections from ever experiencing homelessness. It is also used to prevent young people that are currently experiencing homelessness from ever experiencing homelessness again

Read the blog post
Depression and Suicide
Federal income support for seniors can help end homelessness
The Strengths of Young People Who Are Homeless

The Strengths of Young People Who Are Homeless

Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health, Volume 35, Issue 2.
Roebuck, B. S., Roebuck, M. M..

Young people who are homeless encounter adversity at a key time in their lives while they are transitioning to adulthood. Despite adverse conditions, social exclusion and oppression, many young people who experience homelessness demonstrate tremendous resilience. Thirty-five young people who were homeless in Ottawa participated in in-depth interviews and reflected upon their strategic decision-making, how they solved problems in the midst of adversity, planned for the future, consciously altered their identities, and balanced the costs of engaging in certain behaviours.

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Use of information and communication technology among street drifters in Los Angeles

First Monday, Volume 21, Issue 9.
Gui, X., Forbat, J., Nardi, B., Stokols, D.

The frequency of ICT (information and communication technology) use among homeless is related to technical and computer skills, as well as financial capability. ICTs help homeless young adults stay connected with friends and family, conduct business, contact social workers and employers, develop resumes, and search for employment and housing. They can also facilitate the formation of social ties between homeless people and local neighborhood.

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Habitat III Consultation

Habitat III Consultation

In a few months, countries from around the world with gather in Quito, Ecuador, for the United Nations’ Habitat III Summit on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development. The Government of Canada has launched an online consultation process, and is encouraging all Canadians to share their opinions on questions including "how can Canada continue to support access to affordable housing and basic services?" Stable, affordable housing and basic services are the foundation for healthy living and a building block for success in other areas such as education, the labour market and community engagement.
Learn more about Habitat III
Lowdown Tracks

Lowdown Tracks

Voted top Canadian Audience Choice award at Hot Docs International Festival, Lowdown Tracks is one of the only recent high quality Canadian films that relates to homelessness. 'Lowdown Tracks is so important because it injects hope, purpose and a critical sense of urgency to the work we are doing and rallies people to take action." - Tim Richter, President & CEO, Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness 
View the trailer
Learn more about Lowdown Tracks
Let's Talk Housing - Opinions from the sector

Let's Talk Housing - Opinions from the sector

Calgary Homeless Foundation

The National Housing Strategy Consultation process ends October 21st. As you consider your submissions, check out the views of others in the sector. The Calgary Homeless foundation believes that for the Strategy to be an effective tool to further the vision of ending homelessness, it needs to provide specific measures to address the specialized needs for housing with supports for vulnerable and homeless citizens, including Indigenous Peoples. 

Read the brief
Discerning 'Functional Zero'

Contribute to the national definition of Functional Zero!

We want your feedback on the Functional Zero definition! The framework needs to be holistic in its approach by tackling all elements contributing to homelessness.Take our online survey and share your thoughts on the usefulness and accuracy of the definition.

Find the proposed definition on our website.
Take the online survey
Read the proposed definition

Functional Zero Consultation Town Halls

We held our first Town Hall yesterday - if you missed it, join us Monday, September 19th at 1pm and provide your feedback on the Functional Zero definition.
Do you have any specific questions you want us to address? Submit them on the Community Workspace on Homelessness!

Location: Online
Dates: Monday, Sept 19, 1:00pm (EST)


Register to join us!
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