Events: Homelessness Partnering Strategy

The Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) provides presentations of research and community-level practices on various topics relating to homelessness, and chairs working group meetings for the National Housing Research Committee (NHRC).


Upcoming Webinars

Stay tuned for information about upcoming Webinars.

Not on our invite list? Please contact us to be added. If you have suggestions for topics or would like to have a project featured in an upcoming Webinar, let us know.

Past Webinars

Presentation materials from past Webinars are available on request. Please contact us for more details.

October 25, 2012 - Office of Literacy and Essential Skills: Labour Market Integration Toolkit

The Literacy and Essential Skills Guide will help service providers understand and use the essential skills tools and resources available through Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC). This guide is designed to support homeless service providers, such as front-line workers, adult educators, career counsellors and other practitioners. It will help service providers to better support homeless individuals and those at risk of homelessness to identify their existing skills as well as the skills required to enter the workforce.

June 20, 2012 – Community Data Canada Roundtable: Putting Data To Work

The Roundtable brought together community data practitioners from municipal, provincial and federal governments and voluntary sector organizations in order to:

  • Showcase the applied use of innovative data management sources and tools to measure outcomes and monitor social trends;
  • Highlight the importance of access to community data by governments and organizations delivering programs and services at the local level;
  • Discuss the use of community data in the context of increasingly liberal data licensing and strong interest from the private sector in using social data; and
  • Outline opportunities for sustained collaboration via Community Data Canada.
May 24, 2012 – Raising the Roof's Youthworks Private Sector Engagement project

This presentation featured a project funded in part by the Homelessness Partnering Strategy This presentation highlighted the benefits of private sector engagement in preventing and reducing homelessness among youth.

April 12, 2012 – Homeless Outreach Practices in BC Communities

This presentation was about a study that identified effective outreach practices used in various types of communities across British Columbia, and included the learnings and recommended effective outreach practices. Six communities across BC were studied: two urban (Vancouver and Kelowna), two small urban/rural (Prince George and Port Alberni) and two suburban (North and West Vancouver and Maple Ridge).

March 19, 2012 – Mental Health Commission of Canada's (MHCC) At Home/Chez Soi Project: Sharing early learnings in implementing a Housing First approach

The provision of immediate, permanent housing is a foundational piece for programs using a "Housing First" approach. This presentation explained the approach and highlighted some of the similarities and differences across MHCC project sites to procure and maintain housing. In addition, the presentation explored some of the key lessons learned about securing housing, building relationships with housing providers and supporting successful tenancies for participants.

February 27, 2012 – Preliminary findings of the analysis of the 2011−2014 Community Plans under the HPS

The presentation highlighted the preliminary findings from a review of the 2011−2014 HPS community plans. Qualitative and quantitative analysis of the plans showed that communities identified a variety of issues and priorities, as well as different target populations, interventions and outcomes.

December 15, 2011 – HPS-funded Project: Acacia Consulting & Research, Connecting the Data Dots: Strengthening Existing Community-level Data

This presentation provided an overview of Community Data Canada. It featured information on how to acquire local data, reduce acquisition costs, and increase organizational capacity to use data for planning and decision making.

November 24, 2011 – MHCC's At Home/Chez Soi Project: Lessons learned about feasibility of implementing a participatory approach in Canadian settings

The presentation outlined the rationale for using a participatory approach (where people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness are involved in conducting the research) to the project and described how it has worked with two key community partners – persons with lived experience and service providers. It highlighted challenges and lessons learned and shared early findings about the implementation process.

September 14, 2011 – HPS-funded project: Greater Vancouver Regional District Good Practices in Transition from Homelessness: A Case Study of Metro Vancouver

The Webinar featured Pathways out of Homelessness: Regional Study 2011, a project conducted by CitySpaces Consulting, on behalf of Metro Vancouver & British Columbia (BC) Housing. The study highlighted promising practices for moving out of homelessness through an examination of the post-homelessness situation of individuals housed through the Homeless Outreach Program, the Aboriginal Homeless Outreach Program and the Emergency Shelter Program.

May 30, 2011 – MHCC's At Home/Chez Soi Project, Introduction

In collaboration with the MHCC, the HPS launched a series of Webinar presentations related to the MHCC's At Home/Chez Soi project. The overall goal of the project is to provide evidence about what services and interventions best achieve housing stability and improve health and well-being for those who are homeless with mental health issues. The project has been implemented in five cities across Canada (Vancouver, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal and Moncton) and involves over 2,200 homeless people living with mental health issues.

NHRC Meetings

The NHRC homelessness working group is made up of academics, non-governmental organizations and other levels of government.

Visit the NHRC site to view all upcoming meetings. They also provide information and material on past meetings.

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