What’s the Future of Homelessness Prevention? Adapting the Welsh “Duty to Assist” for Canada

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The desire to address inequalities and exclusionary practices within homelessness policy led Wales to become the first country to attempt to fully reorient homelessness services toward prevention and to make preventive services universally available. At the heart of the Welsh approach is a legal duty that requires municipal authorities to assist anyone who is at risk of homelessness, or who … Read More

Announcing the Making the Shift Youth Homelessness Social Innovation Lab: A Network of Centres of Excellence!

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Today we celebrate the launch of the Making the Shift (MtS) Youth Homelessness Social Innovation Lab. Making the Shift is a Network of Centres of Excellence (NCE) with an initial investment of $17.9 million over five years from the Government of Canada’s Research Tri-Council. Leveraging the strengths of lead partners the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness (COH) at York University and … Read More

Reflections on Reaching Home, the Government of Canada’s New Homelessness Strategy

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This April 1st marked a key turning point in the Canadian response to homelessness with the launch of the Federal Government’s ten-year Reaching Home strategy. With this launch, the Government of Canada revealed more details about the program design and its operations. The full directives of Reaching Home were developed through extensive community and expert consultations. Funding has been restructured to give … Read More

Top 10 Things to Know About the Making the Shift Demonstration Lab

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The Making the Shift Demonstration Lab (MtS DEMS) is almost two years old! We wanted to share some of the fundamentals of A Way Home Canada and the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness’ collaborative youth homelessness initiative. Here are the top ten things you need to know about #MtSDEMS: 1. Collaboration The foundation of the entire MtS DEMS project – collaboration is … Read More

4 Steps to get Systems Mapping Going in your Community

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This blog is part of a monthly series by the Systems Planning Collective to support communities in all their systems planning priorities. Stay tuned for next month’s blog! Systems Mapping as a journey not a destination   Systems Mapping is a methodical process of making sense of the many services, benefits, and initiatives operating in your homelessness ecosystem. As such, it really … Read More

Innovations in Social Technology to Inspire Your Next Hackathon to End Homelessness

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This blog is part of a monthly series by the Systems Planning Collective to support communities in all their systems planning priorities. Stay tuned for next month’s blog! Have you mused lately about how your efforts to prevent/end homelessness might benefit from the rapid advancements in technology underway?  If so, look no further. We’ve curated a diverse list of Innovations in Social … Read More

Putting General Comment 21 on Children in Street Situations to Work for Canadian Children and Youth

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Please join A Way Home Canada, the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness,  the American Bar Association Commission on Homelessness and Poverty, Justice for Children and Youth, and the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children for a webinar on Thursday, Feb 28, 2019 from 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM EST. The webinar will include a discussion on: the background, process and purpose … Read More

The Story that Needs to Be Told

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We can’t expect policies and practices to change without the presence of good quality research and data that support the need for policy and practice shifts. At a most basic level, the existence of policy gaps leads to research being undertaken. It is clear that the relationship is of a long-term nature; it takes time to generate research as well as … Read More

From Research to Impact: Narrowing the Gap

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Over the summer of 2018, the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness (COH) and A Way Home Canada (AWH) conducted an international scan of policies and practices that are contributing to youth homelessness prevention (the Evidence Scan). The Wales Centre for Public Policy commissioned this report for Public Policy, under the direction of the First Minister of Wales. Drawing together a extensive literature … Read More

Engaging Youth in the 2019 Without A Home National Youth Survey

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The voices of young people with lived experience must be at the centre of our efforts to prevent and end youth homelessness in Canada. In 2014, the Lived Experience Advisory Council developed seven principles for engaging and including people with lived experience making the statement “Nothing about us without us”. This statement speaks to the rights of people to have their experiences, … Read More