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Data and Collective Impact During COVID-19: What We’ve Learned

IGH launched our Community of Impact (CoI) to connect leaders and practitioners to a collaborative and dynamic global network of knowledge of what works in ending homelessness. COVID-19 has represented […]

Homelessness and the New Urban Agenda

Last month, IGH joined 30,000 participants from 167 countries in Quito, Ecuador for the third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III). Homelessness and the New [...]

Connecting Threads: The IGH Leadership Fall Convening

Nairobi, Bratislava, Chennai, Hamilton, Waterloo, Santiago, Budapest, Brno, Tshwane. These cities have different foods, different customs, different styles of dress. They believe, sometimes, in different religions. Their governments are bound [...]

A Brief History of Flight: The IGH Leadership Program Spring Convening

The IGH Leadership Program cohort is building paper airplanes. Fourteen leaders in the homelessness sector from eight countries have split into three teams and they're arguing over aerodynamics. Paper planes seem so simple, don't [...]

Amazon Donates $8M to Homelessness; NYU Studies Service Resistance; and More

Amazon Donates $8M to Housing and Homelessness Nonprofits Amazon, a multinational technology company that focuses on e-commerce, cloud computing, digital streaming and artificial intelligence, and the world's largest online retailer, is [...]

True Colors United Analyzes LGBTQ Youth Homelessness; Mansfield, Australia Launches Prevention Plan; and More

At the Intersections: LGBTQ+ Youth Homelessness Homelessness is one of the most pressing issues facing a disproportionate number of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) youth in the United [...]

Montevideo, Uruguay Expands Homelessness Services; Salvation Army Meets with Illinois Lawmakers; and More

Five Factors Underpin Good Homelessness Service Implementation The Centre for Homelessness Impact added new content to their Intervention Tool that can be used by homelessness, practitioners and policymakers to raise [...]

The World’s Big Sleep Out Launches; Rotorua, New Zealand Establishes Housing First Program; Vincentian Family’s ’13 Homes’ Campaign; and More

The World's Big Sleep Out On Saturday, December 7, 2019, the world’s largest display of solidarity and support of street homelessness and displacement will take place. The World's Big Sleep [...]

Kerala, India Offers Housing; Bristol, UK Aims to End Rough Sleeping; and More

Kerala, India Offers Housing to Tackle Homelessness The state of Kerala is offering free housing to people experiencing homelessness. Executive Director of Housing and Land Rights Network, Shivani Chaudhry, says [...]

FEANTSA Supports EU Citizens Experiencing Homelessness, North America’s Largest Homelessness Shelter Becomes Housing-Focused, and More

Supporting People Experiencing Homelessness: Migrating Across EU States Policy Officer for The European Federation of National Organisations working with the Homeless (FEANTSA), Mauro Striano, discusses how charities throughout Europe are [...]

UCSF Analyzes Homelessness Among Seniors; Montevideo, Uruguay Agencies Partner to Utilize Local Property; and More.

UCSF Analyzes Homelessness Among Seniors in America In a study that discusses the current safety net for low-income seniors in America, researchers found that just less than half of people [...]

IGH Joins Efforts to Address Global Street Homelessness; RAIS Fundación Proposes Policy Change in Spain; and More

The United Nations Working Group to End Homelessness The United Nations NGO Working Group to End Homelessness (WGEH), IGH, and the International Coalition to End Homelessness propose a renewed focus [...]

La Casa Norte Opens Homelessness Facility; The Y Foundation Shares Expert Outlooks on Homelessness in 2030; and More.

La Casa Norte Opens Facility in Chicago for People Experiencing Homelessness La Casa Norte, an organization serving families and youth experiencing homelessness in Chicago, USA, opened a new, state-of-the-art facility [...]

Sydney, Australia Joins the IGH AP2CH Campaign; CAEH’s 2019 Conference; Working Group Pushes for UN’s Increased Engagement to End Homelessness; and More

The 2019 National Conference on Ending Homelessness The Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness (CAEH) will host their National Conference on Ending Homelessness on November 4-6, 2019 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. [...]

Through the Eyes of Change: IGH 2018 Leadership Assembly

As the 2018 IGH Leadership Program approached, I imagined what it would be like. I anticipated meeting the cohort, who traveled from all over the world, and learning about their [...]

Tackling Student Homelessness at The University of Washington Tacoma; Homelessness Declining in Vietnam; and More

Student Homelessness Project in Tacoma, Washington As a joint effort between the Tacoma Housing Authority (THA), local real estate developers, and The University of Washington Tacoma's (UWY) Associated Students (ASUWT), [...]

Cape Town, South Africa Looks at Street Homelessness; Alaska Leaders Collaborate to Tackle Homelessness; and More

Street Homelessness in Cape Town, SA A panel of municipal officials and local nonprofit leaders convened to discuss homelessness throughout Alaska. According to Kristen Swann of Alaska Public Media, the [...]

A Way Home Europe; Street Homelessness in Taipei, Taiwan; and More.

A Way Home Europe The efforts of A Way Home Canada have inspired communities, states and other countries to join their international movement for change in the homelessness sector. Europe [...]

Glasgow, Scotland Joins the A Place to Call Home Campaign

Glasgow, Scotland announced on October 9th its position as the seventh official Vanguard City in the Institute of Global Homelessness's A Place to Call Home campaign. The Glasgow Homeless Network, [...]

IGH Joins Rijeka, Croatia to Collect Data; Auckland, New Zealand Counts Street Homelessness; and More

Ira Mata, Ira Tangata: Auckland, New Zealand’s Homeless Count Over 700 people took to the streets of Auckland, New Zealand to conduct a point-in-time count of people experiencing homelessness. According [...]

England Plans to End Rough Sleeping by 2027; Adelaide, Australia Launches Online Tool to Track Rough Sleeping; Hong Kong Looks at Local Street Homelessness; and More

Homeless Link: Homelessness Law, Practice, and the Homelessness Reduction Act Course Homeless Link will be holding knowledge courses on homelessness legislation and practice in the United Kingdom (UK). The next [...]

Understanding Rural Homelessness in Canada; Housing Over 500 People in Auckland, New Zealand; and More

FEANTSA's 13th European Research Conference on Homelessness In partnership with the Metropolitan Research Institute Budapest and Foundation Budapest, FEANTSA will host the 13th Annual European Research Conference on Homelessness in [...]

Japan Sees Decline in Homelessness; St. Mungo’s Helps Women Experiencing Homelessness After Imprisonment; and More

HUD Helps Fund Youth Homelessness Programs in the U.S. The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) distributed grants to help fund a wide range of housing initiatives, [...]

Greater Manchester, England Works Toward Ending Rough Sleeping; The U.S. Department of Education Addresses Student Homelessness; and More

Centre for Homelessness Impact: Why reliable evidence matters The Centre for Homelessness Impact reflects on Evidence Week – an initiative led by Sense about Science and other agencies in the [...]

Young Families Experiencing Homelessness in America; Homelessness Prevention in England; and More

Missed Opportunities: Pregnant and Parenting Youth Experiencing Homelessness in America In this briefing, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago analyzes homelessness among youth who are pregnant or parenting. It [...]

Canada Has a New Homelessness Strategy; Dame Louise Casey Discusses Hopes for Ending Rough Sleeping in the United Kingdom; and More

Canada’s New Homelessness Strategy According to the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, the government of Canada plans to make bold changes to the federal strategy [...]

City of Rijeka Joins the A Place to Call Home Campaign

Rijeka, Croatia announced on June 13th its position as the fifth official Vanguard City in the Institute of Global Homelessness's A Place to Call Home campaign. The effort in Rijeka [...]

Vanguard Cities Gather in Chicago

Last week, representatives from 13 cities gathered in Chicago for the first annual Vanguard Cities Summit, part of IGH's A Place to Call Home initiative. This select group of vanguard [...]

CAEH’s National Conference; Real-time Data in Ending Homelessness; and More

CAEH National Conference on Ending Homelessness The Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness (CAEH) invites policy makers, funders, researchers, advocates, community leaders and front line workers to the National Conference on [...]

FEANTSA’s 2018 Policy Conference; Homelessness Among Transgender-People in South Africa; and More

2018 FEANTSA Policy Conference: Future Challenges for the Homeless Sector in Europe The European Federation of National Organisations Working with the Homeless (FEANTSA)’s 2018 Policy Conference will be held on [...]

Auckland, New Zealand Provides Permanent Housing; Bogotá, Colombia Shares Data on Local Street Homelessness, and More

Program to Help People Transition into Permanent Housing in Auckland, New Zealand A two-year pilot study has secured permanent housing for nearly 40 individuals experiencing chronic street homelessness in Auckland, [...]

Typology of Homelessness Prevention; Domestic Abuse and Housing; and More

Homeless Link’s Transatlantic Practice Exchange 2018 The Transatlantic Practice Exchange 2018, a partnership between Homeless Link in the United Kingdom (U.K.) and the National Alliance to End Homelessness in the [...]

Cisco and Destination: Home Join Efforts; Homelessness in Austria; and More

Cisco to Provide Destination: Home with Funding to Help End Homelessness in Santa Clara County Destination: Home has announced that they will be partnering with Cisco – leader in internet [...]

FEANTSA and Fondation Abbé Pierre Analyze Housing Exclusion in Europe; Professor Sarah Johnsen Gives Insight on Housing First; and More

FEANTSA and Fondation Abbé Pierre’s Third Overview of Housing Exclusion in Europe Since 2015, the European Federation of National Organisations Working with the Homeless (FEANTSA) and the Fondation Abbé Pierre [...]

Homeless Link’s 2017 Report; The Public Health Model of Homelessness Prevention; and Australia’s National Homelessness Conference 2018

Homeless Link's 2017 Report Homeless Link’s Annual Review of Support for Single Homeless People provides insights into England’s homelessness sector. The report aims to provide a comprehensive picture. The range [...]

City of Tshwane Becomes Fourth Vanguard City to Join A Place to Call Home

Tshwane released the following announcement this morning of their participation as a vanguard city in the Institute of Global Homelessness A Place to Call Home campaign: The City of Tshwane [...]

Homeless Hub Discusses Women and Youth Homelessness; a Recent Census in Bogotá, Colombia; and More

Homeless Hub: The women left behind On the Homeless Hub blog, Abe Oudshoorn of Western University discusses unique experiences and support needs of women and youth experiencing homelessness in Canada. [...]

Greater Manchester Becomes Third Vanguard City with A Place to Call Home

Greater Manchester Combined Authority released the following announcement this morning of their participation as a vanguard city in the Institute of Global Homelessness A Place to Call Home campaign: Greater [...]

Progress in Odense, Denmark; SPARC Report on Race and Homelessness in the US; Free Houses in Kerala, India; and More

Odense, Denmark Credits Housing First for Reduction in Homelessness Data from a recent survey shows that over the past two years, the number of people experiencing homelessness in Odense, Denmark, [...]

Housing First in Integrated Strategies in the U.K., Housing Support After Incarceration in Australia, and More

Using Housing First in Integrated Homelessness Strategies In Using Housing First in Integrated Homelessness Strategies, Nicholas Pleace explores various aspects of the housing first model in the United Kingdom. The [...]

Depaul Ireland Extends Housing, The Y-Foundation Shares Insight on the Finnish Housing First Model, and More

Depaul Ireland Extends Housing for Almost 600 People Evelyn Ring of the Irish Examiner reports on Depaul Ireland's efforts to more permanently house nearly 600 people experiencing homelessness. CEO of [...]

IGH Announces New Global Homelessness Resource Hub

Follow #IGHhub | Subscribe to the IGH Hub newsletter | Submit to the library Roughly how many hours per week would you say you spend begging Google for information on housing […]

Homelessness and Internet Cafés in Tokyo, Meters to Fund Outreach in Los Angeles, Consultation on Youth Homelessness in Canada, and More

“Internet Café Refugees” in Tokyo, Japan Sakura Murakami of the Japan Times explores the findings of a recent survey on homelessness conducted by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. The survey, conducted [...]

Mark McGreevy: “A commitment to ending unsheltered homelessness should take center stage”

This is the transcript of a speech delivered to the UN by IGH co-founder Mark McGreevy. To watch the video, click here. Thank you to the organizers for the invitation [...]

The State of Homelessness in Hong Kong and San Diego, California and Bridging Health and Homelessness in Chicago

Homelessness in Hong Kong Wyman Ma and Chermaine Lee of Reuters discuss rising homelessness in Hong Kong. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the local government estimate over 1,000 people experiencing street [...]

The Canadian Observatory on Homelessness Introduces an Intervention Guide for Youth Homelessness, Canadian Cities Increase Their Focus on Permanent Housing, and More

Mental Health & Addictions Interventions for Youth Experiencing Homelessness: Practical Strategies for Front-line Providers According to the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness, issues surrounding mental health and addition can increase young [...]

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Announces Funding Awards, Expanded Evidence on Housing and Healthcare, and More

Bridging the Gap Between Housing and Healthcare in the U.S. Politico explores a four-year effort to demonstrate how permanent housing can alleviate costly health care visits among people who had [...]

The Urban Institute Discusses Housing Assistance, Pathways to Housing PA Addresses the Opioid Epidemic, and More

Benefits of Expanding Housing Assistance Housing assistance plays a significant role in stabilizing low-income households and helping them progress. However, only one in five eligible renters receive the assistance they [...]

The UK-based Centre for Homelessness Impact Announces 2018 Launch, and Registration Opens for the NAEH Conference on Ending Family and Youth Homelessness

The New Centre for Homelessness Impact to Launch Spring 2018 The UK-based Centre for Homelessness Impact is off the ground! The Centre will be headed by Dr Lígia Teixeira, formerly [...]

Street Homelessness in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Homeless Link Convenes on Housing First in England, and Three Cities Join World Habitat’s Campaign

Rising Street Homelessness in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil As stated in Al Jazeera, there are a reported 15,000 people living on the streets in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, more than [...]

The U.S. Explores Increase in Homelessness, U.K. Assembles Panel to Address Rough Sleeping, and Canada Unveils National Housing Strategy

A Rise in Homelessness Across the U.S. Pam Fessler of Southern California Public Radio explores a reported increase in homelessness across the United States this year. According to the 2017 [...]

Symposium on Street Homelessness and Catholic Social Teaching in Rome, Italy

Practitioners and theologians are coming together in Rome, Italy to discuss global street homelessness in an event hosted by DePaul University's IGH, Depaul International, Niagara University, St John's University, and [...]

Housing Veterans in Montreal, Brainstorming On Strategic Improvements in Brno, and Building Toward An End to Rural Homelessness

Pilot Project Finding Permanent Housing for Veterans in Montreal The Old Brewery Mission, Quebec Veterans Foundation, and the Canadian government are collaborating on the Sentinels of the Street pilot project, [...]

Adelaide, Australia Becomes Second City to Join the A Place to Call Home Initiative

The Don Dunstan Foundation released the following announcement this morning of their participation as a vanguard city in the Institute of Global Homelessness's A Place to Call Home campaign: The [...]

The 2018 Transatlantic Practice Exchange, A New Plan to Combat Homelessness in Austin, Texas, and More

Homeless Link's Transatlantic Practice Exchange 2018 Leaders in the United Kingdom homelessness sector will be able to apply for Homeless Link's fourth Transatlantic Practice Exchange at the end of November [...]

Edmonton, Canada Joins A Place to Call Home

Homeward Trust Edmonton released the following announcement this morning of their participation as a vanguard city in the Institute of Global Homelessness's A Place to Call Home campaign: Edmonton - [...]

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, Eradicating ‘Core Homelessness’ in Scotland’s Largest Cities, and More

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week (HHA) is approaching! A series of educational, service, fundraising, and advocacy events, raising awareness of homelessness, will be held across [...]

The State of Housing in the EU 2017, A New Goal for CAEH’s 20,000 Homes Campaign, Housing Development in Sri Lanka, and More

The State of Housing in the EU 2017 The Housing Europe Observatory, the research branch of Housing Europe, released The State of Housing in the EU 2017 this week. This [...]

Guadalajara, Mexico Sees Decline in Homelessness, Scottish Charities Advocate Early Intervention, Singapore Releases Point-in-Time Count Findings, and More

Guadalajara, Mexico Sees Decline In Homelessness El Informador reports that Guadalajara, Mexico, has seen significant decline in homelessness since the last City Council point-in-time count in 2015. Rubén Arroyo Ramos, [...]

Niagara Receives Funding for Supportive Housing, Brno Wins FEANTSA’s Ending Homelessness Award, and More

Niagara, Canada Receives Funding for Supportive Housing The provincial government has provided over 5 million dollars in funding towards housing for at least 63 people experiencing homelessness in Niagara, Canada. [...]

Crisis UK and Homeless Link Team Up With ‘Older Age Homelessness’ Prevention Session

Crisis UK and Homeless Link Team Up With 'Older Age Homelessness' Prevention Session As part of Crisis' 50th anniversary, the organization is conducting a major consultation to gather evidence and [...]

Freight Containers and Affordable Housing in Hong Kong, Housing Solutions for Young People in Europe, and More

Thinking Inside the Box: Hong Kong's Next Effort to Solve Affordable Housing Shortage According to the South China Morning Post, a plan to convert freight containers into living units to [...]

World Habitat Day 2017, Urgency to End Homelessness in Greater Manchester, and More

World Habitat Day 2017: Affordable Homes Through Housing Policy On Monday, October 2, 2017, World Habitat Day will carry the theme ‘Housing Policies: Affordable Homes’. The focus encourages all levels [...]

IGH Announces the First Global Framework on Homelessness

How many people are experiencing homelessness worldwide? This is more difficult to answer than it sounds. There is no globally agreed definition of homelessness, and even within countries the topic [...]