2.4 Vignette: Northern Housing Networks: Collaborative Efforts to Develop Innovative Housing Programs for High-needs Indigenous Women in Northern, Remote Communities

Canada’s northern and remote regions experience unique challenges related to housing and homelessness. As such, there is a need to understand and develop strategies to address housing-related concerns in the North. The diversity of communities across the North demands the tailoring of specific local-level responses to meet diverse needs. Over the past decade, local networks have emerged as a powerful method for governance and development of localized responses to addressing homelessness across Canada and North America. Despite this, there is a paucity of research examining challenges and effective approaches utilized by these local networks or their potential applicability for building housing security in rural, remote and northern communities. This case study examines the efforts of a Northern Canadian housing and homelessness network to foster and evolve a housing partnership and develop a significant and innovative housing program. The experience of this network points to strategies that can lead to successful collaborative approaches aimed at implementing programs to address homelessness in northern and remote communities.

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Canadian Observatory on Homelessness
Naomi Nichols; Carey Doberstein