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 report assesses the evidence base for the housing first model and other homelessness services, considering effectiveness and cost-efficiency; analyzes the potential for integration of homelessness prevention strategies; and considers how lessons from various models might be utilized to maximize effectiveness of homelessness services as a whole. Among his findings, Pleace suggests that housing first programs with a greater level of funding, provided on a sustained basis, have shown the greatest success.
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The 2018 Canadian National Conference on Ending Homelessness
The Canadian Alliance on Ending Homelessness (CAEH) expects to gather about 1,000 participants from across Canada at the 2018 National Conference on Ending Homelessness. The conference will feature six focus areas: leadership, planning and practice; indigenous homelessness; women’s homelessness; housing first; A Way Home – Youth Homelessness; Canadian Observatory on Homelessness – Research and Policy. CAEH is inviting proposal submissions for presentations on those topic areas. Registration to attend the conference is open!
The Revolving Door Between Homelessness and Imprisonment
Sophie Russell, Research Associate at the University of New South Wales, examines correlations between homelessness and incarceration in Australia. Data from the Australia Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) and the New South Wales Justice Health Survey suggests that while experiencing homelessness increases a person’s risk of imprisonment, imprisonment also increases a person’s chances of experiencing homelessness upon release. According to a 2016-17 annual report from AIHW, the number of people seeking access to homelessness services following release from prison has almost doubled in the past six years. Russell’s conclusions: access to stable housing after serving time in prison is key to ending a cycle of repeat offenses and repeatedly experiencing homelessness.
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The Role of Violence in the Lives of Women Experiencing Homelessness
A new report by the D.C. Interagency Council on Homelessness gathers information about the lives of women experiencing homelessness in Washington D.C., USA — specifically the effects of violence on their pathways to homelessness. Michael Alison Chandler of the Washington Post explores its findings.
According to the 2017 D.C. Women’s Needs Assessment Report, three out of four women experiencing homelessness in the city are survivors of violence, with 31% reporting it as the leading factor of their homelessness. Washington D.C. are survivors of violence. Advocates say that implications for improving responses to this population so of women can be drawn from the report, such as providing safe housing and more therapeutic support services.
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