The current rental landscape is changing, and changing fast. Highlighting data on rental housing from a variety of sources, the Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton is publishing a series of bulletins to bring attention to Hamilton’s renters, the buildings they live in, the rents they pay, and the difficulties they face in this challenging housing market.
Rising Rents and Evictions in Hamilton and Beyond
Trends in Hamilton’s rental stock
Funded by: City of Hamilton and United Way of Halton and Hamilton
Out of Control examines differences between Hamilton and Quebec City’s rental markets and finds that Quebec has both stronger tenant protection policies and greater supply of new rental housing, both of which help to create a more affordable housing market than in Ontario.
Funded by: City of Hamilton Enrichment Fund and United Way Halton & Hamilton
Partners: Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction and the Hamilton Community Legal Clinic
Despite a significant increase in funding over the last five years to address women’s homelessness in Hamilton, the crisis persists with seemingly no end in sight.
Funded by: Federal government’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy administered by the City of Hamilton, United Way Halton & Hamilton
This report explores what intergenerational trauma is, how it relates to historical treatment of Aboriginal Peoples, and how the effects persist to this day, including effects on homelessness. The report also offers insights into ways mainstream organizations can join in the reconciliation process, help to heal families and communities, and move forward in a relationship of trust, dignity and respect between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities.
Funded by Service Canada and the United Way of Halton and Hamilton
This submission to the federal government’s National Housing Strategy consultation is based in part on the City of Hamilton’s housing and homelessness action plan. The policy brief includes suggested federal strategies to address affordable housing, based on the SPRC’s own consultations in this area, as well sound policy proposals from Ontario’s Long Term Affordable Housing Strategy, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the Big Cities Mayor’s Caucus, the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association, and the Calgary Homeless Foundation.
Funded by: United Way of Burlington and Greater Hamilton
This report outlines the recommendations from 2016 community consultations with LGBTQ2+ community members and ally service providers on how to make Hamilton an LGBTQ2+ Positive city to work, live, learn and play.
Community Partners: Hamilton Community Foundation, United Way of Burlington & Greater Hamilton
This report updates the community on the vision and values of the St. Leonard’s Society of Hamilton and summarizes their services and recent accomplishments.
Funded by: St. Leonard’s Society of Hamilton
The federal election is on October 19, 2015. Use Canada Votes to help spark dialogue about social issues in Canada and put them on the public agenda.
On October 19, 2015 Canadians will come together to choose the direction of policy in this country for the next 4 years. Democracy works best when citizens engage in dialogue about the society in which we want to live. Canada Votes is a tool to help spark dialogue about social issues in Canada. The federal government has a role to play in addressing them – and you can help by talking about the social issues that matter to you and asking questions to find out what will be done.
With Canada Votes you can:
THIS SERIES WAS PRODUCED BY: Canadian Council on Social Development, Community Development Council Durham, Community Development Halton, Edmonton Social Planning Council, Saint John Human Development Council,Social Planning and Research Council of BC, Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton, Social Planning Council of Cambridge and North Dumfries, Social Planning Council of Kitchener-Waterloo, Social Planning Network of Ontario, and Social Planning Toronto.
Social planning organizations across the country are helping to strengthen communities and work on social justice issues. We also recognize the need to work together around key issues affecting our communities. We have come together to provide this publication on the federal election because we believe that democracy works best when citizens engage in dialogue on important issues.
Summary of results from survey conducted in February 2015, showing 47% of Hamilton’s residents experiencing homelessness surveyed on downtown streets were Aboriginal.
Funded by: United Way of Burlington & Greater Hamilton and Service Canada
This short report gives overview of demographics of Hamilton’s Aboriginal residents in other to better understand this important community. The report highlights a growing youth population, a large age group in the 45-49 year age group, possibly due to the “Sixties Scoop”, as well as education, occupations and income. Finally the report ends with some data from a recent survey of Aboriginal people experiencing homelessness in Hamilton.
Funded by: United Way of Burlington & Greater Hamilton and Service Canada
This Profile of North Hamilton describes the trends and conditions within North Hamilton, including the North End and Keith neighbourhoods. The report was commissioned by North Hamilton Community Health Centre and the Hughson Street Baptist Church. This profile will inform NHCHC’s Board of Directors’ strategic planning process as they chart the future directions of the NHCHC to fulfill its mission “to enable health through healing, hope and wellness” and realize its vision of “no obstacles to health”. The Profile of North Hamilton reveals a community of resilience, a community facing challenges, and a community poised with opportunities.
Community Partners: North Hamilton Community Health Centre and the Hughson Street Baptist Church
This report is the result of a consultation process initiated by the City of Hamilton (Housing Division) and involving the Women’s Housing Planning Collaborative (WHPC). WHPC exists to develop, coordinate, advocate for and facilitate a gender specific, comprehensive and seamless system of services to meet these stated needs.
Funded by: City of Hamilton
Community Partner: Women’s Housing Planning Collaborative
This report conducts an evaluative review of client satisfaction, an evaluation of program results and an overview of best practices for the services of the St. Leonard’s Society of Hamilton.
Funded by: St. Leonard’s Society of Hamilton
This evaluation gathered the stories of men who had some level of engagement with discharge planning offered by The Bridge upon release from the local Detention Centre. One focus group was conducted with nine men and six men agreed to individual key informant interviews assessing how The Bridge and/or other organizations assisted them in transitioning from jail back into the community.
Funded by: Homelessness Partnering Strategy
Community Partners: Hamilton Housing Help Centre, Hamilton Urban Core Community Health Centre
This report is an evaluation of the Youth Housing Support Project (YHSP). This evaluation reports on activities and outcomes achieved throughout the timeline of April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2014.
Community Partners: The Street Youth Planning Collaborative, The Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton, The Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton, Catholic Family Services
Funded by: Government of Canada – Homelessness Partnering Strategy
This report is about services to help homeless women in Hamilton, including statistics on the first 18 months of the Supporting our Sisters project in partnership with the Women’s Housing Planning Collaborative. Read more »
Funded by: United Way of Burlington & Greater Hamilton, City of Hamilton, and Government of Canada
The Affordable Housing Flagship has been working with the City of Hamilton’s Housing Division since 2010 to develop a 10 year housing and homelessness action plan for the community. The plan is now complete and has two parts:
This plan will guide will ensure that everyone in Hamilton has a home.
This is the first in a series of occasional bulletins that focus on issues highlighted in the Hamilton’s Social
Landscape report and bring attention to more recent trends.
This report is based in part on research from “The Right to Choose Where to Live: Challenging the radial separation by-law and perceptions of supportive and supported housing in Hamilton”. Meng (Dolly) Lin, a McMaster University Health Sciences student, completed a study on Hamilton’s radial separation bylaw and perception of supportive housing in Hamilton. During the course of her research, Ms. Lin and Mohawk College student Veronic Sanyaolu interviewed neighbours, residents and staff members of supportive housing facilities.Funded by: Affordability and Choice Today (ACT), Ontario Trillium Foundation, United Way of Burlington & Greater Hamilton Community Partner: Affordable Housing Flagship
This report was commissioned by Mission Services of Hamilton and attempts to give at least a partial picture of the challenges and conditions faced by homeless women in Hamilton with the aim of aiding Mission Services to better understand this population and plan for potential additional services.Commissioned by: Mission Services of Hamilton Funded by: United Way of Burlington & Greater Hamilton, Ontario Trillium Foundation
This report aims to outline the state of housing in Hamilton, with an emphasis on affordable housing for our most vulnerable residents. These residents include people with disabilities, racialized minorities, people experiencing poverty and/or living in lower income brackets, newcomers, and Aboriginal people.Funded by: United Way of Burlington & Greater Hamilton Community Partners: Affordable Housing Flagship, Housing Help Centre of Hamilton, City of Hamilton, Immigrant Women’s Centre
This report is an evaluation of the three year project led by the Street Youth Planning Collaborative and based on the 27 recommendations in the 2005 Addressing the Needs of Street Involved and Homeless Youth in Hamilton report. It reflects the project’s status as of June 30, 2009 when the community research was completed.Funded by: Government of Canada
In 2008, the Homelessness Partnership Initiative (HPI) provided funding to The Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton (CCAS) in partnership with The Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton (CAS) and the Street Youth Planning Collaborative for a three-pronged project- 1) supporting two transitional housing projects for street-involved and parenting youth, 2) providing aftercare support to youth in the community to help maintain housing and 3) to develop a community plan for reducing the risk of street-involvement for former youth in care. This report reflects the final result of the third prong.Funded by: Homelessness Partnering Initiative Community Partner: Street Youth Planning Collaborative
On March 26, 2008 the SPRC, the Street Youth Planning Collaborative (SYPC) and a group of students from the McMaster University School of Social Work 4J03 Class hosted a community discussion about drop-in programming for street-involved and homeless youth in Hamilton. This report reflects the proceedings from that event.Community Partner: Street Youth Planning Collaborative
The Youth Anti-Abuse Project Phase 2: Strengthening Supports and Expanding Diversity (YAAP) is evaluated in this report. This project was a partnership fostered by the Sexual Assault Centre of Hamilton and Wesley Urban Ministries. This project spanned 15 months (January 2007 – March 2008).Commissioned by: The Youth Anti-Abuse Project Community Partner: Sexual Assault Centre of Hamilton, Wesley Urban Ministries
This report is intended to provide community members and service agencies with a progress update on the implementation of the Addressing the Needs of Street Involved and Homeless Youth in Hamilton report.Funded by: Government of Canada Community Partner: Street Youth Planning Collaborative, Street-Involved Youth Network
The purpose of this report is:
To assist in the homelessness planning activities of the Hamilton Aboriginal community;
To research the need for a Homeless Aboriginal Men’s Residence; and
To facilitate the process for a Homeless Aboriginal Men’s Residence.Funded by: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (National Homelessness Initiative – Urban Aboriginal Homelessness) Community Partners: Hamilton Executive Directors’ Aboriginal Coalition, Hamilton Regional Indian Centre