Housing + income + food = health: Wellesley Institute submission to UN food expert

Housing, income, food and health are all strongly linked. It is important to understand the interconnections, the vicious and virtuous cycles that feed each other, and the impact policy and program interventions can have on those cycles. Those are some of the key messages that …

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Private Personal Care: Homes And The ‘Hardest To House’

Project aim was to survey the housing history of tenants in private boarding homes and examine the levels of care and support in these homes. The starting hypothesis, based on anecdotal evidence was that private boarding homes catered to a disproportionately higher percentage of hard-to-house individuals …

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Controversial scheme to sell-off 740 affordable TCHC homes back on Exec agenda, with little change

After strong and sustained opposition from housing experts, tenants and four former mayors, Toronto City Council’s Executive Committee hastily pulled the proposal for the sell-off of 740 affordable homes in 675 buildings from its January meeting. The scheme is back on the agenda for the …

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New WI research underlines health, equity and social benefits of scattered site housing

An all-day ‘ideas forum’ sponsored by the City of Toronto on July 3 will take a detailed look at plans for the sell-off of more than 600 of Toronto Community Housing Corporation’s affordable homes. A new research paper by Wellesley Institute analyst Steve Barnes and …

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Affordable Housing Mandates

This report reviews the affordable housing mandates that have been used by uppertier jurisdictions in the US and Canada. The mandates include those in the four states of New Jersey, California, Massachusetts and Connecticut; the two provinces of British Columbia and Ontario; and the two …

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Housing, Homelessness, Income and Health: Presentation Notes

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The Wellesley Institute’s Director of Housing and Innovation, Michael Shapcott, sets out the links between housing, homelessness, income and health and draws housing and homelessness lessons in this presentation to York University health policy students on October 19, 2011.   York University Housing Presentation October …

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Keeping The Homeless Housed: An Exploratory Study Of Determinants Of Homelessness In The Toronto Community

This new research explores alternatives to shared housing as a transitional strategy for Toronto’s chronically  homeless population, and exposes a fragmented and confusing system that lacks a focus in developing long term, sustainable strategies for integration into the community.  Jacques Tremblay demonstrates homelessness as a …

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Housing And Health Presentation To OMSSA/OAH Housing And Homelessness Forum September 2010

Bad housing leads to bad health, and good housing improves population health. Michael Shapcott’s presentation to the Ontario Municipal Social Services Association / Ontario Association of Hostels provincial forum on housing and homelessness in September of 2010 highlights current research on housing and health, and …

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