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Guelph & Wellington Registry Week: Gaining an Understanding of the Needs & Experiences of Individuals Experiencing Homelessness in Our Communities

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Title: Guelph & Wellington Registry Week: Gaining an Understanding of the Needs & Experiences of Individuals Experiencing Homelessness in Our Communities
Author: Ellery, Randalin
Abstract: Homelessness is a hidden problem in Guelph-Wellington. People experiencing homelessness in the community tend to choose options such as couch surfing at a friend’s, hiding in abandoned properties, or staying at a shelter. The 20,000 Homes Campaign is committed to housing 20 0000 of Canada’s most vulnerable homeless people by July 1, 2018. As a participating community, Guelph-Wellington hosted a Registry Week from April 25th to April 29th, 2016. During this time, trained volunteers administered a health and housing survey with individuals experiencing homelessness in Guelph-Wellington. The methodology used a targeted approach, called Housing First, to move the most vulnerable homeless people into long-term housing. In addition to the Registry Week survey, participants were invited to participate in a second survey as part of the Government of Canada’s first ever coordinated point-in-time count. During Guelph-Wellington Registry Week 2016, 295 individuals in the community were found to be experiencing homelessness during a three-day period (April 25th to April 27th). This includes 14 families, comprised of 15 parents/guardians and 19 dependents. Additional survey findings include demographic information (e.g. age, gender), history of housing and homelessness (e.g. length of time homeless), interactions with emergency services (e.g. ER visits, police interactions), and wellbeing (e.g. physical health, substance use). A final report was released in July 2016 that describes the outcomes of Guelph-Wellington Registry Week 2016.
Description: Poster was part of 'What We Know' display, held on March 1, 2017 at the Quebec Street Mall in Downtown Guelph. At 'What We Know,' the Community Engaged Scholarship Institute brought together 50 posters featuring diverse research on Guelph and Wellington from community organizations, municipal staff, faculty and students. Topics included feral cats, farmland loss, food waste, the wellbeing of children and more - all specific to Guelph and Wellington.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/10371
Date: 2017-03-01
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