Professor Naomi Nichols, of our Department of Integrated Studies in Education (DISE), is co-editor of a recent publication, Exploring Effective Systems Responses to Homelessness, published by The Canadian Observatory on Homelessness (Homeless Hub). The collection represents the nation’s first book on systems-level solutions to homelessness.
The volume conceives of homelessness as a “systemic problem involving numerous sectors,” and argues that our governments and institutions need to take a closer look at their own relationship with the problem of homelessness. Issues discussing structure, policy, and systems integration are at the forefront of the conversation.
“We see efforts to coordinate services, policies and governance strategies as the next critical step in a pan-Canadian effort to end homelessness,” write the co-editors. The Canadian Observatory on Homelessness (Homeless Hub) at York University is a “non-profit, non-partisan research institute committed to conducting and mobilizing research to have a greater impact on solutions to homelessness.”
The publication presents over 35 case studies in which various change has occurred, at different levels, demonstrating the practical possibilities of a task that sometimes seems daunting. Exploring Effective Systems Responses to Homelessness will provide valuable resources for governments, stakeholders, inter-sectoral partners and service collectives in their attempts to coordinate solutions to homelessness.
Exploring Effective Systems Responses to Homelessness may be downloaded at no cost by following this link.
Dr. Nichols is Assistant Professor with our Department of Integrated Studies in Education. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship with the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness at York University. Her research activities and publications span the areas of youth homelessness, youth justice, alternative education and safe schools, inter-organizational relations in the youth sector, “youth at risk", and community-academic research collaborations. In 2014 the University of Toronto Press published her book Youth Work: An Institutional Ethnography of Youth Homelessness.
Co-editor Dr. Carey Doberstein is an Assistant Professor in Political Science and Philosophy, Politics and Economics with the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences at the University of British Columbia.
[visit Exploring Systems Responses to Homelessness at The Homeless Hub, free publication download]