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 121
The National Housing Strategy Reset
April 27, 2023

In 2017, there was a lot of excitement around the announcement of the National Housing Strategy (NHS). Now 6 years later, many feel the plan, while full of potential, has stalled. Jacob Gorenkoff from the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association joins us this week to talk about why the NHS needs a reset and what that might look like. Listen in on this timely conversation.

Episode 120
What is Modular Construction Exactly?
April 20, 2023

While many of us have heard of the term “modular construction”, many don’t truly understand what it is. This week we’re joined by Jackie Evans from NRB Modular Construction, who will help us learn what modular housing is, what the benefits of it are, and why the team at NRB has been busier than ever in the past few years. Listen in on the conversation!

Episode 119
Homes and Domes – Small Solutions to Big Issues
April 13, 2023

After 15 years in the construction industry, Andrew Miller turned his thinking towards a small solution that could address the massive housing crisis facing the country. This week on the podcast we talk about his journey from construction worker to maker of Tiny Homes and Domes, and how they can play a part in affordable housing. We’ll also hear more about how he’s working with Community Builders, an amazing construction social enterprise on scaling up.

Episode 118
From Ideation to Organization – A Journey of Two Changemakers
April 6, 2023

This week on the podcast, we speak with Marc and Evan from Card for Change, two self-described average citizens who took it upon themselves to start an organization looking to provide a dignified and respectful way of aiding people experiencing homelessness through the provision of gift cards. Listen to their fascinating journey as they made observations during the pandemic, came up with an idea, and made it happen in a way bigger than either of them expected. It’s an inspiring conversation with two amazing changemakers.

Episode 117
Jennefer Laidley and Mohy Tabbara on Key Insights from the Welfare in Canada Report
March 30, 2023

Tune in to this week’s episode of the podcast as we’re joined by Jennefer Laidley and Mohy Tabbara from the Maytree Foundation and co-authors of the Welfare in Canada Report. Jennefer is a Maytree consultant and Mohy leads the organization’s research on social safety and poverty.

We discuss key insights from the ground-breaking national welfare report, including the dire poverty that households across the country are currently experiencing. With their decades of combined experience in public policy and politics, Jennefer and Mohy will then offer up potential solutions to support those most in need.

Episode 116
Earl Thiessen on Addiction, Recovery, and Building a Better Community at Oxford House
March 23, 2023

Join us for this inspiring episode of our podcast as we sit down with Earl Thiessen, Executive Director of Oxford House in Calgary, Alberta. Earl shares his journey of personal recovery from addiction and how it led him to work and eventually lead the team at Oxford House.

Episode 115
Louis Francescutti on the Bridge Healing Transitional Accommodation Program
March 16, 2023

This week Dr. Louis Francescutti joins us on the podcast to talk about the amazing new program he’s spearheading in Edmonton, Alberta, the Bridge Healing Transitional Accommodation Program, also known as Asamina Kochi, which means “to try again” in Cree. This program provides transitional housing for people in need leaving the ER. We talk about why there was a need for this, how it came together, and the hopes for it to be scaled in the future.

Episode 114
Emma Wood on the connection between housing and food security
March 9, 2023

This week, we are joined by a very special guest, Blue Door’s very own Emma Wood. Emma works within Blue Door as a Resource Development Manager and during the COVID-19 pandemic, she started a food security organization called The Good Food Impact. Tune in to this week’s episode to listen to how Emma started this organization, the plans she has for its future, and more on the connection between housing and food security!

Episode 113
Juha Kahila on Finland’s work to end homelessness
March 2, 2023

Is ending homelessness nationally possible? The answer is yes, and the proof is Finland. Juha Kahila from the Y-Foundation in Finland joins us this week on the podcast to talk about the strategy that has brought his country international acclaim for its approach to preventing and ending homelessness. We talk about the how, the what, and what’s next. Don’t miss it!

Episode 112
A Vision for Youth Empowerment and Community Transformation
February 23, 2023

This week, Sheldon Pollett and Sherri Payne from Choices for Youth join us to talk about the groundbreaking new Employability Support Stability Pilot Program⁠—an innovative program designed to remove barriers to employment and help young people transition away from social assistance. They’ll share the inspiring story behind the program, provide updates on its progress, and discuss their vision for the future. You don’t want to miss it!

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