The Wellesley Institute’s Michael Shapcott will be joining about two dozen thought and practice leaders from Europe, North America and Australia for an international summit on housing and homelessness in Washington DC from March 15 to 18. Among the invitees are representatives from the European Federation of National Organisations Working with the Homeless, Australian Housing andUrban Research Institute, US National Alliance to End Homelessness, Canadian Homelessness Research Network, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Calgary Homelessness Foundation; along with governmental representatives including the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, plus government reps from Alberta, the Australian national government and various municipal governments; leading academics from three continents; and a wide variety of community-based organizations from Britain, US, Canada and Australia including NYC’s Common Ground, the UK’s Homeless Link and Thames Reach, and Australia’s Mercy Foundation and Micah Projects. During the four days, the select group will share information and good practices from their respective countries, identify common issues for an international research agenda, identify innovations in policy solutions and consider the value of a new international partnership. The Wellesley Institute’s Precarious Housing in Canada includes detailed information on housing and homelessness issues across the country, and practical policy options.
About Michael Shapcott
Michael Shapcott is Director, Affordable Housing and Social Innovation at the Wellesley Institute, an independent, non-profit research and policy dedicated to advancing urban health. Michael has worked extensively in Toronto, in many parts of Canada, nationally and internationally on social innovation, the non-profit sector, civic engagement, housing and housing rights, poverty, social exclusion, urban health and health equity. He is recognized as one of Canada’s leading community-based housing and homelessness experts.