Michael Shapcott is a Director on the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness’ Board of Directors. He is recognized as one of Canada’s leading community-based housing and homelessness experts and has worked extensively in Toronto, nationally and internationally on social innovation, the non-profit sector, civic engagement, housing and housing rights, poverty, social exclusion, urban health and health equity. Michael lead the CAEH’s participation in the federal government’s national consultation on a rights based approach to housing.
In June 2017 the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development appointed an Advisory Committee on Homelessness. The mandate of the committee was to support the redesign of the Homelessness Partnering Strategy. The 13-member committee met over the course of seven months, held roundtables in eight regions (along with a roundtable focused on veterans homelessness and a meeting with Community Entities and Community Advisory Board representatives at CAEH17) and they pored over reams of research and feedback from a public consultation process. The committee’s report with recommendations to the Minister was released today.
We can’t gather the necessary information to house our homeless neighbours solely by counting them anonymously once every two years. Solving homelessness requires actionable, real-time, person specific data to ensure the right people get into the right housing at the right time and communities are armed with the data they need to transform their homeless systems.