RESEARCH | The devastating biological consequences of homelessness

May 21, 2019

Serggio Lanata, a neurologist at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), was struck by similarities in the behaviour of some older homeless people and patients he had treated for dementia in the clinic. Now, years later, he is embarking on a study that will examine homeless adults for early signs of Alzheimer’s disease and … Read More

RESEARCH | Making social housing friendly for resettling refugees

May 17, 2019

This work is an extension of a longer-term project that began in 2015, in which the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives partnered with Welcome Place, the housing arm of the Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council (MIIC). This research focuses on three main objectives: demonstrate the challenges and successes that resettling refugees (a term described below) have … Read More

RESEARCH | Is co-living an answer to the affordable housing crisis?

May 10, 2019

Most commercial developers recognize the changing interests of millennials, with co-working advancing to become a well-accepted commercial development model. Co-living, meanwhile, also appears to be making some inroads, particularly in delivering student housing and in highly densified cities. Co-living serves as a modern form of housing, whereby residents share values, interests, aspirations and living spaces. … Read More

RESEARCH | 2018 Shelter Capacity Report

May 3, 2019

The Shelter Capacity Report is a descriptive account of capacity statistics for emergency homeless shelters in Canada. The number of emergency shelter facilities and the number of permanent beds are reported for each province and territory, as well as by community. It also includes brief overviews of Transitional Housing facilities and Violence Against Women shelters … Read More

RESEARCH | Housing First in Practice: Challenges and Adaptations in Alberta

April 26, 2019

In 2008, Alberta committed to ending chronic homelessness through a Housing First approach. Developed in New York City, Housing First emphasizes that housing is the first need for someone experiencing homelessness. Clients are offered permanent housing in the community, followed by any services they may need. As Housing First has spread internationally, it has been … Read More

RESEARCH | Survey on where should Calgary spend its money

February 12, 2019

The School of Public Policy partnered with the Canadian Municipal Election Study to ask 2,001 Calgarians about their municipal spending priorities. The survey was carried out by Forum Research between November 14 and December 13, 2018. The results are weighted by gender and age. They chose to focus on nine policy areas to capture a … Read More

RESEARCH | Housing as a social determinant of health

February 1, 2019

Housing—as a physical structure, a source of stability or stress, and a part of a neighborhood and community—affects residents’ health. Health and housing partnerships are rooted in evidence that improvements in housing can support physical, mental, and behavioral health. By studying health patterns and determinants at the community or population group level, epidemiologists can help … Read More

RESEARCH | Envisioning a Modernized Social and Affordable Housing Sector in Canada

January 25, 2019

This discussion paper seeks to frame these challenges and opportunities and to provide some suggestion of what sector modernization and renewal might entail. It also presents a vision of a possible more sustainable future. The paper provides a brief historical overview as a way to help determine in what ways the current operating models may … Read More

RESEARCH | Neighbour­hood Financial Health Index

January 22, 2019

The Neighbourhood Financial Health Index (NFHI) is a new measure and visualization tool created to help municipalities, community organizations, and residents to explore the different dimensions and distribution of financial health in their community.