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Lived Experience Advisory Council
During the 2014 Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness conference in Vancouver, a group of individuals came together with a common goal: to ensure that individuals with lived experience received equitable representation from service providers,...
Lived Experience Advisory Council
On October 14th about 40 Saskatonians, most with the lived experience of housing insecurity, provided many suggestions for our 1st National Housing Strategy. This is a summary but not a complete list, starting with the most commonly heard comments...
Homeless Hub
Answers to many of the questions surrounding homelessness and poverty issues. 1) What is homelessness? Homelessness is an extreme form of poverty characterized by the instability of housing and the inadequacy of income, health care...
Laura Prescott, Leah Harris
First in the Moving Forward, Together series, this introduction addresses the value of recovery, the history of consumer involvement, steps to get started, and the reason why the authors chose to use the word “consumer” throughout the series. Moving...
Laura Prescott, Leah Harris
Just as individual recovery depends on opportunities to change and grow based on the lessons learned, the process of organizational change is also dynamic. Creating partnerships with consumers as colleagues helps set a tone in the agency that...
The Canadian Observatory on Homelessness (COH) has developed a definition and typology of homelessness intended to improve understanding, measurement and responses to homelessness in Canada by providing a common ‘language’ for addressing this...
This is an almost impossible question to answer. Our systems for recording and monitoring the deaths of people who (as the Toronto Homeless Memorial says) “lived on the streets of Toronto and died as a direct result of homelessness” is beyond flawed...
Alina Turner
In its renewal of the Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS), the Government of Canada has prioritized Housing First as a key strategy to reduce homelessness. A Housing First approach focuses on moving people who are experiencing chronic or episodic...
Aboriginal: The term "Aboriginal" is appropriate when referring to matters that affect First Nations (Indian) and Métis peoples. The word is most appropriately used as an adjective (e.g., Aboriginal person). Aboriginal CAB: The term “Aboriginal CAB...
It is essential to meaningfully involve youth throughout the development of your plan. Create a youth engagement strategy at the outset of the process and engage youth from planning through implementation. As the real experts on their experiences,...
It is important to acknowledge the experience of Indigenous people in Canada if we are to truly end youth homelessness, particularly in light of their consistent overrepresentation in vulnerable populations. Indigenous homelessness is notably...
“Youth homelessness” refers to the situation and experience of young people between the ages of 13 and 24 who are living independently of parents and/or caregivers, but do not have the means or ability to acquire a stable, safe or consistent...