Episodes

Check out our podcast library. Don’t miss any episodes featuring the bright voices and important issues about homelessness and housing in Canada.

(A new episode is released every Thursday.)


Episode 90
Matthew Barker on how our sector can work to to prevent and end homelessness
October 13, 2022

This week, we are joined by Matthew Barker, a reporter for The St. Catharines Standard who works to create awareness by changing the dialogue around homelessness and affordable housing in Canada. Matthew joins us to talk about the learnings from his years of being a reporter and what has to change in order for our sector and country to make strides in preventing and ending homelessness.

Episode 89
Matthew Downie on working to eliminate homelessness in the UK
October 6, 2022

Matthew Downie, the Chief Executive at Crisis joins us this week to speak about the housing and homelessness crisis in the United Kingdom, as well as the National Transformations Plan created to reduce and eliminate homelessness in the U.K.

Episode 88
How to promote social responsibility when designing spaces
September 29, 2022

This week, we are joined by Kellie Chin, an Architect at WORKSHOP who is committed to promoting social responsibility and invigorating local communities through design.

This week, Kellie joins us to discuss the need for affordable housing in the GTA, the shift from congregate-style emergency housing to single-room occupancy transitional housing, and the connection between design, health, and dignity in affordable housing.

Episode 87
How to embed social justice practices into your organization’s recruitment process
September 22, 2022

Our sector, like many others, have found it hard to recruit and keep the talented people we need to continue to make big changes happen in housing, health and homelessness.

This week, Ellery Rosin, the People Operations Manager of Food Share Toronto joins us to talk about some of the innovative and inspiring steps this organization has taken to create a diverse, equitable and inclusive workspace, and much, much more!

Episode 86
How social purpose real estate can help solve Toronto’s housing crisis
September 15, 2022

This week, we are joined by Eric Phillip, the Director of Real Estate and Property Management at Dixon Hall to discuss social purpose real estate and its role in helping end the deepening housing crisis we are in.

Episode 85
Policies and infrastructure solutions to address Toronto’s housing crisis
September 8, 2022

This week, Matti Siemiatycki joins us to discuss the trends and opportunities in creative mixed-use buildings that blend public, private and non-profit services, the importance of good policy in developing infrastructure in a city, and what has to happen in a city like Toronto to move forward with affordable housing and adequately address the housing crisis we are in.

Episode 84
The importance of lived experience voices in developing housing policy
September 1, 2022

This week, Dr. Antoine Lovell joins us to share his own experience of homelessness on the subways of New York City, the importance of having the voices of lived experience at the table when developing policy, the intersection of race, racism and homelessness, and the incredible new research he is heading up as the recipient of the prestigious William T. Grant Foundation grant.

Episode 83
How End Homelessness St. John’s is working to reduce chronic homelessness
August 25, 2022

This week, we are joined by Doug Pawson, the Executive Director of End Homelessness St. John’s to talk about the initiatives this organization is taking in an effort to end chronic homelessness, including the monumental shift they made that led to a dramatic reduction of chronically homeless individuals in the community.

Episode 82
How St. Thomas-Elgin reduced chronic homelessness by 25%
August 18, 2022

This week, we are joined by Danielle Neilson the Supervisor of Housing Programs and Homelessness Prevention for the city of St. Thomas-Elgin to talk about how this Built for Zero community made efforts to reduce chronic homelessness by 25%.

Episode 81
Safiyah Husein on the intersections between justice and homelessness
August 11, 2022

This week, we are joined by Safiyah Husein, the Senior Policy Analyst at John Howard Society of Ontario’s Centre of Research and Policy. She discusses the intersections between justice and homelessness including how people involved in the justice system often become caught in a vicious cycle of homelessness and incarceration, as well as the recently released “No Fixed Address – The Intersections of Justice Involvement and Homelessness” report.

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