The McGill-Old Brewery Mission (OBM) collaborative partnership is a 5-year project designed to generate knowledge that will improve the services offered to homeless men served by the OBM. The project is now entering its second phase.
The first phase of the project built knowledge and organizational capacity for data collection and systematic inquiry. Phase 1 developed an understanding of the transition services (i.e., Étape and Escale) and the client trajectories through the Old Brewery Mission. An exploratory study collecting both qualitative and quantitative data was also completed during this phase.
The second phase of research will attempt to answer a specific question: What demographic, psychosocial, and contextual factors predict chronic stays in transitional programs?
Phase II seeks to understand the underlying reasons for why certain clients return often and stay for long periods of time. This will inform shelter policy and programming to better serve the most vulnerable clients in the population. A full description of phase II can be found here.
The lessons learned during this project will be shared with the network of homeless service providers (e.g., Homeless Hub). Findings will be disseminated in and presented at a variety of peer-reviewed conferences and journals.