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Using Point-in-Time Counts to Measure Progress Towards Ending Homelessness Webinar

Canadian Observatory on Homelessness

Tuesday, 24 March 2015 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

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Stephen Gaetz (Canadian Observatory on Homelessness) will present on Point-in-Time counts in general, and more specifically, the Canadian Point-in-Time Count Methodology developed by the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness and discuss the COH’s involvement in the first homeless count coordinated among communities across Canada in 2016 as supported by the Government of Canada
Nicole Jackson (Calgary Homeless Foundation) will share her knowledge on engaging volunteers and working with unexpected or unusual partners, as well as the process of mapping large areas as a critical component of the rough count portion of the PiT. 
Wally Czech (City of Lethbridge and Social Housing in Action) will share his experiences conducting a PiT count in a smaller community. 
Our final presentation, by Alina Turner (Turner Research & Strategy Inc.) will outline key findings from the Alberta's 7 Cities count, discuss learnings from implementation of the Canadian Point-in-Time Count methodology, and recommend actions to improve future counts.


Photo of Stephen GaetzStephen Gaetz is a Professor in the Faculty of Education at York University and the Director of the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness and the Homeless Hub. He is also now President of Raising the Roof, a leading Canadian charity that focuses on long term solutions to homelessness. Stephen will be introducing the webinar and discussing the research priority areas of the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness.

Photo of Nicole JacksonNicole Jackson is a Research and Policy Analyst at the Calgary Homeless Foundation. Her work at the Foundation has focused on mobilizing research and policy to improve Calgary’s System of Care, strengthen programs based on best practices, monitor and evaluate program and system outcomes, and contribute to knowledge translation in the community. Previous to her work with the Foundation, Nicole completed her Masters of Public Policy at the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy, and has worked for both the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness and the Centre for Addictions Research of BC.


Photo of Wally CzechWally Czech is the Housing First Specialist with the City of Lethbridge in Alberta Canada. Wally has a Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology and has been in his current roll since July of 2011 where he provides the clinical and operational support to all funded Housing First programs within the city. In addition he is responsible for ensuring best practices, Housing First fidelity, program development, training, and continuity of the Housing First system. Wally is passionate about Housing First and adherence to the core elements but being creative in fitting those elements into the demographics of the community you  work in. 


Photo of Alina TurnerAlina Turner is recognized as a leading homelessness researcher and thinker. Her PhD focused on immigration and housing and she is a Fellow at The School of Public Policy, University of Calgary. She also serves on Accessible Housing's Board of Directors. Alina works with a variety of organizations to support human service system planning and integration, including plans to end homelessness and transitions to Housing First. She also engages in academic and applied research on issues including housing stress, poverty, domestic violence, migration and rural social issues. She has extensive experience in strategy and program development on a variety of social issues. Prior to consulting, Alina was the Vice President of Strategy for the Calgary Homeless Foundation where she led program investments of more than $35M annually, system planning and integration, the Homeless Management Information System, research and policy.

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Canadian Observatory on Homelessness

The Canadian Observatory on Homelessness is a non-profit, non-partisan research institute that is committed to conducting and mobilizing research so as to contribute to solutions to homelessness.  We work together as a group of researchers, service providers, policy and decision makers, people with lived experience of homelessness as well as graduate and undergraduate students from across Canada with a passion for social justice issues and a desire to solve homelessness in our communities.

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