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Selected Reports and Research Findings

Report on the Homeless in the Tri-Cities April – September 2006
Details the results of the first 6 months of outreach to homeless persons in the Tri-Cities by the Hope For Freedom Society.  Provides information on where homeless people live in the Tri-Cities, where they are from, their needs, barriers and demographics and the successes and failures of the pilot outreach program.

2nd Report on the Homeless in Tri-Cities October 2006 – September 2007
Follow-up report by the Hope For Freedom Society on the second 6 months of outreach to homeless persons in the Tri-Cities.

Homeless Voices – Part 1: What We Heard from Metropolitan Vancouver Residents Who Have Experienced Homelessness
The purpose of this report prepared for the Greater Vancouver Shelter Strategy is to present the perspectives of people who have experienced being without a home so that decision makers can respond to homelessness more effectively. Outreach workers conducted interviews with 34 people in communities across Metropolitan Vancouver, including 13 women and 9 people who identified themselves as Aboriginal. Each of these people had experienced homelessness in the past 2 years.

Homeless Voices – Part 2: What We Heard from Metropolitan Vancouver Residents Who Have Experienced Homelessness
Outreach workers conducted interviews with 28 people in communities across Metro Vancouver, including women, youth, seniors and people who identified themselves as Aboriginal. Each of these people had experienced homelessness in the past 2 years

Homeless Voices, Part 3: What We Heard from Metro Vancouver Residents Who Have Experienced Homelessness
This third round of Homeless Voices interviews was designed to gather input on questions related to draft recommendations in the Call to Action. These recommendations came from the Creating Housing Choice forum, 3 days of dialogue among over 100 people. Outreach workers conducted interviews with 42 people in communities across Metro Vancouver, including women, youth, seniors and people who identified themselves as Aboriginal. Each was currently with no fixed address or had experienced homelessness in the past 2 years.

Season Summary Report Cold Wet Weather Mat Program December 1st 2007 – March 31st 2008
Final report by Hope For Freedom’s senior shelter worker on the first season of operation of the Tri-Cities Cold Wet Weather Mat Program.

From shelter to home … Greater Vancouver Shelter Strategy 2006 – 2015
The purpose of the Shelter Strategy is to plan for the shelter system in Greater Vancouver over a 10-year horizon, recognizing the links between shelters and permanent housing. The Strategy focuses on all types of emergency shelters, including year-round adult and seasonal shelters, transition houses, youth shelters and safe houses.

3 Ways to Home: Regional Homelessness Plan for Greater Vancouver – Summary
A 4 page summary of the full 224 page report document.

3 Ways to Home: Regional Homelessness Plan for Greater Vancouver – Report
The Regional Steering Committee on Homelessness developed and oversees the implementation of the Regional Homelessness Plan for Greater Vancouver. The Regional Homelessness Plan is titled Three Ways to Home to reflect the three components of a comprehensive solution to homelessness: affordable housing, support services, and adequate income.

Homelessness Study Project for the Tri-Cities – Summary Report
An initial study of homelessness in the Tri-Cities undertaken in 2001 with funding from the federal government’s Supporting Community Partnership Initiative.  Includes an estimate of the size of the homeless and at-risk-of-homelessness population in the Tri-Cities and the resources available at that time.

Homelessness Study Project for the Tri-Cities – Companion Document
Contains all of the background documentation used to prepared the summary report.

Understanding Metropolitan Vancouver’s Shelter System
An explanation of the shelter system – year-round shelter beds, cold/wet weather shelter beds and extreme weather response shelter beds – in the Metro Vancouver area, prepared by the Greater Vancouver Shelter Strategy

Still on our streets… Results of the 2008 Metro Vancouver Homeless Count – Executive Summary
This summary is designed to provide readers with a summary of the results of the 2008 Metro Vancouver Homeless Count conducted on March 11, 2008. Readers who are interested in the results beyond what is provided here should consult the final report.

Still on our streets… Results of the 2008 Metro Vancouver Homeless Count
Final report on the results of the Metro Vancouver 2008 homeless count conducted on March 11, 2008.  Includes breakdown of homeless numbers by sub-region plus demographic information on persons who are homeless in the Metro Vancouver area.

Affordable Housing Supply Analysis – Final Study Results (Metro Vancouver 2006)
This study looks at the range of factors that can influence housing supply as well as potential strategies and actions for meeting future housing demand. The findings from this study are intended to assist Metro Vancouver staff in the development of a 10 year strategy for meeting future housing needs across the Region.

Homelessness: Clear Focus Needed
Report of the Auditor General of British Columbia on the audit to assess whether government is providing adequate leadership in the effort to reduce and prevent homelessness in British Columbia. (March 2009)

Political Action Kit
A kit prepared by the Metro Vancouver Regional Steering Committee on Homelessness to assist individuals and local homeless support groups in engaging our political representatives in meaningful discussions during the course of our democratic processes. A good source of information on issues of homelessness and their solutions.

Housing and Support for Adults with Severe Addictions and/or Mental Illness in British Columbia
A 2008 report by the Centre For Applied Research in Mental Health and Addiction at Simon Fraser University which focuses on the B.C. adult population (ages 19-80 years) with severe addictions and/or mental illness (SAMI) that is also in need of adequate housing and related support services.

Stepping Forward: Improving Addiction Care in British Columbia
A Policy Paper by the BC Medical Association (March 2009).  Advocates for the formal recognition of addictions as a chronic treatable disease and recommends actions for effectively addressing it.

The State of Homelessness in Canada: 2013
The State of Homelessness in Canada: 2013 is the first extensive Canadian report card on homelessness.  This report examines what is known about homelessness, the historical, social and economic context in which it has emerged, demographic features of the problem, and potential solutions.

Housing Matters BC: A Foundation for Strong Communities
An update of the province of British Columbia’s 2006 housing strategy Housing Matters BC. The updated housing strategy covers a range of housing issues including rental housing, ownership and building safety.

WHAT WORKS: Affordable Housing Initiatives in Metro Vancouver Municipalities
Published by Metro Vancouver Regional Housing in November 2012.  This document highlights what is known about effective municipal measures for a diverse and affordable housing
supply, and some exemplary affordable housing projects and programs in Metro Vancouver municipalities (and elsewhere) that demonstrate recent efforts to tackle this critical issue.

 

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