Exciting changes on the Community Workspace on Homelessness!
It’s been one year since we first launched the Community Workspace on Homelessness!
We created this space to further enhance the collaborative work that is happening all across Canada towards preventing and ending homelessness. This online forum invites community representatives, service providers and others working in the homelessness sector to collaborate, share information and exchange resources. Here’s a look back at the success of the Workspace and some of the new and exciting features that we are introducing today:
First and foremost, we would like to thank all of you for your contribution to and engagement with the Workspace. We now have over 1,300 members on the Workspace taking part in conversations, sharing resources and exchanging knowledge on homelessness topics. Your continued participation will help make the Community Workspace on Homelessness the primary destination to exchange ideas. If you haven’t signed on in the last few months, take the opportunity to do so today and keep your account active!
Ask Me Anything (AMA)
We’ve hosted 5 Ask me Anything sessions with experts from the homelessness sector. We would like to thank all those who contributed to the discussion, as well as the experts who dedicated their time to provide answers and insights. You can download the PDF transcripts with all the questions and answers in the resources section. In the upcoming months, we will be inviting experts on the topics of landlord engagement, veteran homelessness and program evaluation. Stay tuned for the dates and times!
Point-in-Time Counts page
This year, communities across Canada participated in the HPS Coordinated Point-in-Time Count. This page on the Workspace provided a space to ask questions and share learning. There are also a number of resources available for planning and implementing a count. As communities prepare for the 2018 count, this page will remain a valuable tool.
Youth Homelessness page
We launched the Youth Homelessness page on the Workspace in March, in collaboration with A Way Home, a national coalition dedicated to preventing, reducing and ending youth homelessness. The Canadian Observatory on Homelessness recognizes that youth homelessness is distinct from adult homelessness and as such, we created this page to allow for separate conversations about the causes and consequences of youth homelessness.
Today, we are launching a rebrand of the Community Workspace on Homelessness! This exciting new look is part of our ongoing effort to improve your experience of the website.
Homelessness Partnering Strategy page
The Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS), in collaboration with the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness (COH), is launching a new resource page on the Workspace. This page is designed to be a hub for HPS resources including the latest publications, newsletters, webinar presentations, calls for proposals and other resources. On this page you will find:
- The Highlights of the National Shelter Study 2005-2014
- Roles of Community Advisory Boards and Community Entities
- Elements of a Well-Functioning Community Advisory Board Series
Come visit the HPS page to stay connected with the most recent information about the program.
Share your thoughts on the Community Workspace on Homelessness!
Take a few minutes to complete this survey and let us know what features you find most useful, what could be improved and what you would like to see more of on this interactive space. Your feedback will guide the development of the Workspace on Homelessness so that it continues to meet the needs of communities.
If you have any comments or questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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