Homeless to Homes
The event: "Homeless to Home: A Community
Exchange" aims to bring forward the immense knowledge of those with
experience of homelessness by developing a unique and inclusive
The event, taking place on November 6 2008 in Toronto,
will bring together people who have experienced homelessness and
policy writers, researchers and service providers. The event is
intended to invert the usual policy conference - where the "experts"
at this forum will be people who have lived without permanent
housing and the "active listeners" will be the policy makers,
researcher and service providers.
There are many conferences where "experts" share
their knowledge about homelessness and housing. The "experts" at
this forum will be people who have lived without permanent housing
and the "active listeners" will be policy makers, researchers and
A working group of formerly homeless youth, younger and older
adults, facilitated by the project team, will develop innovative and
accessible "exchange sessions" to dialogue and document best
practices in housing and supports. Shortly after the event the team
will produce useful tools that document and advocate for the best
strategies and solutions put forward during the exchange, as
determined by the formerly homeless working group. Approximately
80-100 individuals from in and around the GTA will be invited to
The event will include an invitation to the premiere (at the Isabel
Bader Theatre) of Home Safe - a documentary chronicling the Home
Safe project led by Laura Sky and Cathy Crowe. Our partners at the
Centre for Urban and Community Studies will host a second day
symposium focused on family homelessness.
This initiative is led by NICE: a network of researchers, service
providers and older adults who work toward getting information into
the hands of those that can use it the most: the community and
service providers. The project is funded by Homelessness Partnering
Secretariat, Human Resources and Social Development Canada. Julia
Janes and Michel Jones with the Institute for Life Course and Aging
are the project staff.
The Ontario Women's Health Network
Canadian Association of Gerontology
Planning Council of Toronto
The Institute for Life Course and Aging
The Centre for Urban and Community Studies
HR Council releases Canada-wide
July 31, 2008
HR Council releases findings from Canada-wide surveys of nonprofit
employers and employees (Ottawa - July 31, 2008) The HR Council for
the Voluntary & Non-profit Sector (HR Council) is currently
conducting a comprehensive Labour Force Study that will shape
strategies to attract, develop and retain appropriately qualified
people to work in the voluntary and non-profit sector. Today the HR
Council released the Study's second report, presenting findings from
its recent Canada-wide surveys of non-profit employers and
Conducted on behalf of the HR Council by Ipsos Reid, the parallel
surveys provide an overall national picture of paid employment in
the sector. The Survey of Employers provides empirical evidence
about the characteristics of organizations, their recruitment and
retention practices and challenges, as well as their skills needs.
The Survey of Employees provides new statistical information about
the demographic characteristics of the people who work in the
sector, what they find satisfying and dissatisfying about their
jobs, and their plans and expectations for the future.
"With the results of these national surveys, we are building
tangible evidence of the realities of paid employment in our
sector," says HR Council Executive Director Lynne Toupin. "
The data collected in these national surveys will help lay the
foundation for the development of strategies and plans to respond to
those realities." The surveys are an integral part of the HR
Council's Labour Force Study, a comprehensive look at paid
employment in the sector leading to a first-ever labour force
strategy for the sector.
The Study's third and final report, featuring recommendations shaped
by the survey results and strengthened by input from sector
stakeholders, will be published in March 2009.
The first two published reports from the Labour Force Study are
available online on the HR Council's website at the following URL: