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Building Communities: The Importance of Participatory Management in Non-Profit Housing

Publication type: 
Research Paper / Project Report
Agency: 
Centre for Human Settlements, School of Community and Regional Planning, University of British Colum
Date: 
1995
Pages: 
39
Collections: 
Summary: 
Presents research exploring participatory housing management in non-profit housing. Includes a historical survey of Canadian social housing policy. Uses case studies of Red Door and Entre Nous Femmes Housing Society to demonstrate that resident participation in housing management improves quality of life of residents and highlight the need for women to be part of all aspects of housing. Discusses policy implications of these findings.
Keywords: 
housing; homelessness; Canada; social housing; participatory housing management; housing policy; women; quality of life; human rights

Teaching Resource on Homelessness (1st Ed.)

Publication type: 
Training / Education Manual
Agency: 
The Society for Urban, National and Transnational/Global Anthropology
Date: 
1999
Pages: 
110
Collections: 
Summary: 
Includes example course syllabi for the teaching of homelessness as well as reflective statements from educators on the teaching of homelessness. Also includes community resources for the teaching of homelessness; book and film reviews of resources for the teaching of homelessness; and additional teaching resources.
Keywords: 
housing; homelessness; education; adult education; book review; film review

Single Room Occupancy (SRO): A New Frontier or a Step to the Rear?

Publication type: 
Research Paper / Project Report
Agency: 
Ministry of Housing, Recreation and Consumer Services, British Columbia Housing Management Commissio
Sponsor: 
Ministry of Housing, Recreation and Consumer Services, British Columbia Housing Management Commissio
Date: 
1994
Pages: 
89
Collections: 
Summary: 
Documents the existing SRO stock in British Columbia; provides an analysis of known preservation of SRO techniques in both the United States and Canada; provides recommendations on policy and program options for the government of BC. Discusses the possibility of a provincial SRO program in light of the increase in construction of housing of this type due to a lack of government subsidized housing.
Keywords: 
housing; homelessness; SRO; United States; quality of life; housing policy; government subsidized housing; low income; affordable housing

A Place to Call Home: A Conference on Homelessness in British Columbia

Publication type: 
Conference / Meeting Proceedings
Agency: 
University of British Columbia, Centre for Human Settlements
Sponsor: 
City of Vancouver
Date: 
1987
Pages: 
137
Collections: 
Summary: 
Finds that the problem of homelessness worsened in British Columbia in the eleven years between this conference and Habitat, the United Nations Conference on Human Settlements in 1976, where Canadian governments were forced to recognize the crisis in human settlements. The British Columbia government offered little response to the concern of participants regarding a crisis of homelessness in BC. Includes keynote addresses from Stephen Lewis, Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations, and Seno Cornely, Vice-President of the International Council for Social Welfare. Also includes seven background papers, discussing the international context, defining homelessness, factors contributing to homelessness, the social welfare system, housing policy, temporary shelter, and solutions.
Keywords: 
housing; homelessness; United Nations; International Council for Social Welfare; social welfare system; housing policy; temporary shelter

Downtown Eastside Strathcona Coalition has major concerns about announcement of hotel purchases

Publication type: 
Media Release
Agency: 
Downtown Eastside Strathcona Coalition
Date: 
1998
Pages: 
2
Collections: 
Summary: 
Expresses concern at the plan to convert two downtown Vancouver hotels into social housing for people with mental health issues, people with HIV/AIDS, and others. Concern is that the community was not consulted and a perceived "we know what is best for the community, we don't need to consult" attitude toward community development. Also requests that employment opportunities arising from the re-development be made available to community residents.
Keywords: 
housing; homelessness; DTES; SRO; Vancouver; social housing; mental health; AIDS; Vancouver Richmond Health Board; BC Housing; Ministry of Human Resources; community development

Downtown Eastside Community Health Plan Community Update

Publication type: 
Policy Paper / Action Plan
Agency: 
Downtown Eastside Community Health Plan
Date: 
1995
Pages: 
74
Collections: 
Summary: 
Provides information on the development of a Community Health Plan and Community Health Council for the DTES. Describes the mandate and role of community health councils as part of the regionalization of health. Presents data collected from service agencies and surveys of community members regarding health needs and priorities.
Keywords: 
housing; homelessness; DTES; health reform; Community Health Council; regionalization

Side by Side: An Introduction to the Downtown Eastside Revitalization Program

Publication type: 
Policy Paper / Action Plan
Agency: 
City of Vancouver
Date: 
2000
Pages: 
4
Collections: 
Summary: 
Describes the Downtown Eastside Revitalization Program, with its pillars of community safety and health; housing; and economic development. Describes problems in as well as what has been accomplished in these three areas prior to the program by community-based organizations and others. Details next steps and long-term objectives of the program.
Keywords: 
housing; homelessness; DTES; community safety; community health; economic development; Vancouver Coalition for Crime Prevention and Drug Treatment; National Crime Prevention Centre; Vancouver Agreement

Community Inquiry Into Inner City Revitalization: Summary Report

Publication type: 
Policy Paper / Action Plan
Agency: 
Urban Futures Circle
Date: 
1990
Pages: 
10
Collections: 
Summary: 
Summarizes the results of community consultation into inner-city revitalization at the end of the Winnipeg Core Area Initiative II, an intergovernmental urban development agreement. Finds that inner city residents are key to sustained "revitalization" efforts, and that if inner city problems are to be successfully addressed, in a preventative rather than remedial way, resources should be allocated to community-based organizations that foster local ownership and responsibility.
Keywords: 
housing; homelessness; community-based organization; Winnipeg

Letter to Alfonso Gagliano, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, from Libby Davies, MP Vancouver East

Publication type: 
Letter / Correspondence
Agency: 
Minister of Parliament, Vancouver East
Date: 
1997
Pages: 
3
Collections: 
Summary: 
Expresses concern at the federal government's decision to remove itself from housing policy, specifically the development of social and cooperative housing, particularly with regard to the effects of this devolution of responsibility on the DTES. Raises several important questions to the Minister.
Keywords: 
housing; homelessness; DTES; federal government; Woodwards; social housing; cooperative housing; SRO; gentrification; low-income; CMHC; BC provincial government; human rights; poverty; national social housing program; RRAP program; national standards; Cooperative Housing Federation of Canada

Downtown Eastside Revitalization Program-Community Health

Publication type: 
Web Page / Electronic Reproduction
Agency: 
City of Vancouver
Date: 
1999
Pages: 
3
Collections: 
Summary: 
From the City of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside Revitalization webpage in 1999, under Community Health. Describes the health problems in the community, including HIV/AIDS which was declared a public health crisis in 1997, as well as syphilis, for which there was an increase in rates from 1997-1999. At this point in time, the city was considering how to move forward with a new and holistic approach to community health.
Keywords: 
housing; homelessness; health; HIV; AIDS; hepatitis; pneumonia; alcoholism; drug addiction; sobering and detox services; harm reduction; influenza; immunization; syphilis

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