Homelessness and Housing First

Indigenizing Housing First

Distasio, J., Zell, S., McCullough, S., Edel, B.
This report serves as a general guide for implementing and delivering Housing First in Indigenous community contexts. The objective is to offer a framework that places community localizing efforts at the forefront to help ensure the best fit is achieved for launching Housing First initiatives.

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Indigenizing Housing First – UAKN

Distasio, J., Zell, S., Snyder, M.
This research examines urban Aboriginal homelessness and its effect on the overall wellbeing and social cohesiveness of peoples living in Winnipeg. Using a community-centered approach, we seek to document and analyze how Winnipeg adapted the mainstream Housing First model to reflect the local Indigenous context.

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The At Home / Chez Soi Demonstration Project

The At Home / Chez Soi Demonstration Project launched in 2009. Since that time, the Institute of Urban Studies has undertaken a variety of roles for the project as well as independent research on homelessness. Dr. Distasio is a co-author of the National Final Report of the Project, the Winnipeg Final Report, and several peer-reviewed publications on aspects of homelessness and the At Home project. Researchers at the Institute completed the interim reporting for the Winnipeg Site, and continue to work on Best Practices for housing the homeless. The IUS also hosts and supports research interviewers for the project, the Community Liaison Coordinators, and the Lived Experience Circle.

At Home/Chez Soi Final Reports

National Final Report
At home chez soi national report
Winnipeg Final Report
At home/chez winnipeg site final report

At Home/Chez Soi Fact Sheets

#1 Overview
Fact Sheet Overview
#2 Research Instuments
Forth coming
Fact Sheet Instruments
#3 Participant Demographics
 Fact Sheets Participant Demographics 
#4 Food Security 
Fact Sheets Food Security
#5 Participant Mobility
Fact Sheets Mobility
#6 Housing Quality
Fact Sheets Housing Quality
#7 Quality of Life
Fact Sheets Quality of Life


At Home/Chez Soi Interim Reports

Winnipeg Proposal Development
Proposal Development
Winnipeg Implemenation Final Report
Winnipeg site implementation report
Winnipeg Later Implemation Report
Winnipeg site later implementation report
Winnipeg Sustainability Report
Cover for sustainability report

LEC In-Brief
LEC in-brief

 Presentations, Media, and Podcasts

Evidence Network (2016). Ending Homelessness Through Housing First Initiatives.  Podcast (Website)

Academic Publications

Volk, J.S., Aubry, T., Goering, P., Adair, C.E., Distasio, J., Jette, J., Nolin, D...Tsemberis, S. (2016). Tenants With Additional Needs: When Housing First Does Not Solve Homelessness.  Journal of Mental Health. 25, 169-175. Paper (Website)

Reynolds, Kristin A., Isaak, Corinne A., DeBoer, Tracy, Medved, Maria, Distasio, Jino., Katz, Laurence Y. (2016).  Aging and Homelessness in a Canadian Context. Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health. 35, 1-13.   Paper (Website)

Poremski, Daniel., Stergiopoulos, Vicky., Braithwaite, Erika., Distasio, Jino., Nisenbaum, Rosane., Latimer, Eric. (2016).  Effects of Housing First on Employment and Income of Homeless Individuals: Results of a Randomized Trial.   Psychiatric Services. 67, 603-609.  Paper (Website)

Goering, P., Veldhuizen, S., Nelson, G.B., Stefancic, A., Tsemberis, S., Adair, C.E., Distasio, J...Streiner, D.L. (2016).  Further Validation of the Pathways Housing First Fidelity Scale.  Psychiatric Services. 67, 111-114. Paper (Website)

Poremski, Daniel, Distasio, Jino, Hwang, Stephen W., Latimer, Eric. (2015).  Employment and Income of People Who Experience Mental Illness and Homelessness in a Large Canadian Sample.  Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. 60, 379-385.   Paper (Website)

Alaazi, Dominic A., Masuda, Jeffrey R., Evans, Joshua, Distasio, Jino. (2015).  Therapeutic Landscapes of Home: Exploring Indigenous People's Experiences of a Housing First Intervention in Winnipeg. Social Science & Medicine. 147, 30-37.   Paper (Website)

DeBoer, T., Distasio, J., Isaak, C.A., Roos, L.E., Bolton, S., Medved, M., Kats, L.Y....Sareen, J. (2015).  What are the Predictors of Volatile Substance Use in an Urban Community of Adults Who are Homeless?  Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health. 34, 37-51. Paper (Website)

Adair, C.E., Kopp, B., Lavoie, J., Distasio, J., Hwang, S.W., Watson, A., Veldhuizen, S...Goering, P. (2015). Development and Initial Validation of the Observer-Rated Housing Quality Scale (OHQS) in a Multisite Trial of Housing First.  Journal of Urban Health. 91, 242-255. Paper (Website)

Roos, L.E., Distasio, J., Bolton, S., Katz, L.Y., Afifi, T.O., Isaak, C...Sareen, J. (2014). A History In-care Predicts Unique Characteristics in a Homeless Population with Mental Illness.  Child Abuse & Neglect. 38, 1618-1627. Paper (Website)

Nelson, G., Stefancic, A., Rae, J., Townley, G., Tsemberis, S., Macnaughton, E., Aubry, T...M. Goering, P. (2014). Early Implementation Evaluation of a Multi-site Housing First Intervention for Homeless People with Mental Illness: A Mixed Methods Approach. Evaluation and Program Planning, 43, 16-26.   Paper (Website)

Hinds, Aynslie., Distasio, Jino., Martens, Patricia J., Smith, Mark. (2013).  Health Status and Service Use In Homeless Individuals With Mental Illness: Consistency Between Self-Reported and Administrative Health Records In The At Home/Chez Soi Mulit-Site Trial.  Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 67.  Paper (Website)

Roos, L.E., Mota, N., Afifi, T.O., Katz, L., Distasio., Sareen, J. (2013). Relationship Between Adverse Childhood Experiences and Homelessness and the Impact of Axis I and II Disorders.  American Journal of Public Health, suppl. 103.2, 275-81. Paper (Website)

Additional Institute of Urban Studies Reports

  • Winnipeg Street Census. Maes-Nino, C., Godoy, M., McCullough, S., Retzlaff, B., Wiebe, A., Wurcherer, L. (2016).  Recommendations (PDF)  Summary of Findings (PDF)
  • Panhandlers and Winnipeg's By-Law: Perceptions and Realities. MacDonald, D. (2012).  IUS Student Paper Series. Paper (PDF)
  • Working Poor Facing Homelessness: Taking Stock of the Knowledge. Distasio, J. (2009).  Proprietary
  • Winnipeg Housing and Homelessness Initiative. Distasio, J. (2009).  Report (PDF)
  • Homelessness in Manitoba: An Initial Scan. Distasio, J. (2008).  Proprietary
  • Home is Where the Heart is and Right Now that is Nowhere: An Examination of Hidden Homelessness among Aboriginal People in Prairie Cities. Distasio, J., Sylvestre, G., Mulligan, S. (2005).  Report (PDF)
  • Winnipeg Housing and Homelessness Initiative 2005. Institute of Urban Studies. (2005).  Proceedings (PDF)
  • Beyond a Front Desk: The Residential Hotel as Home. Distasio, J., Mulligan, S. (2005).  Report (PDF)
  • Governance in Local Partnerships to Address Homelessness. Carter, T. (2003).  Report (PDF)
  • Measuring Homelessness: a review of recent research. Bentley, D. (1995).  Bibliographica Series No.7.  Literature Review (PDF)
  • Research Initiatives on Homelessness: International Year of Shelter for the Homeless (IYSH). Charette, C. (1991).  Occasional Paper No.27.   Paper (PDF)
  • Main Street Project Hostel Evaluation: Executive Summary. Institute of Urban Studies. (1986).  Report (PDF)
  • Coping Strategies and Street Life: The Ethnography of Winnipeg's Skid Row Region. Hauch, C. (1985).  Report No.11. Report (PDF)

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