In Ottawa on Tuesday, the CAEH joined fellow advocates to release an open letter urging the Prime Minister to make good on his commitment to the right to housing by enshrining that right in upcoming National Housing Strategy legislation. The letter, signed by over 170 organizations and prominent Canadians, was … More
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The complexities facing mothers who find themselves homeless are many and interconnected, not least the very real fear of having their children apprehended. For Indigenous women it’s even worse – Indigenous children are apprehended at an unconscionable rate. Often these mums draw on a patchwork of agencies and community supports … More
Common assessment tools are used in coordinated access systems as part of the triage and prioritization process. Prioritization and matching people to the right housing and the right supports at the right time is essential in ending homelessness. In this blog we’ll explore common assessment tools – what they are … More
In the announcement of Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy, Minister Duclos introduced a new federal requirement for the implementation of Coordinated Access Systems. A Coordinated Access System is a community-wide system that streamlines the process for people experiencing homelessness to access housing and supports and is an essential step to … More
This column was published in National Newswatch, June 19, 2018 Alan Broadbent and Kevin Page In his address to the UN General Assembly last fall, Prime Minister … More
The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development announced Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy at an event in Toronto Monday. ‘Reaching Home’ represents the most significant change in federal homelessness programming since the introduction of the National Homelessness Initiative in 1999. By Tim Richter Reaching Home represents the … More
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.
The CAEH has released a discussion paper on Ending Homelessness and the Right to Housing as part of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s national consultation on a human rights based approach to housing.