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.
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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.
Refocused 20,000 Homes Campaign aims to end chronic homelessness in 20 communities and house 20,000 of Canada’s most vulnerable homeless people by July 1, 2020.
The CAEH today released our call for presentations and opened scholarship applications and online registration for the 2018 National Conference on Ending Homelessness. CAEH18 takes place November 5 to 7, 2018 in Hamilton, Ontario at the Hamilton Convention Centre.
The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) today transferred the Canadian Housing First Toolkit to the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness (CAEH) who relaunched the site this morning with an updated, user friendly design. This valuable online resource helps organizations and communities across Canada plan, implement, evaluate and sustain Housing First programs. The toolkit also includes videos and external links to online resources.
The federal government released their long awaited National Housing Strategy (NHS) yesterday. Here’s my take on the strategy and what it means for ending homelessness in Canada.
The study by Stephen Gaetz, director of the Canadian Homelessness Research Network, pulls together research from across Canada and the United States, which suggests it’s far cheaper to give a homeless person a place to live than to provide a patchwork of emergency services.