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(A new episode is released every Thursday.)

Episode 69
Dr. Paul Kershaw on Generation Squeeze
May 19, 2022

This week, Dr. Paul Kershaw talks about the state of housing in Canada and how Generation Squeeze is working towards improving Canada’s wellbeing through cutting-edge research and the voices of youth.

Episode 68
Margo Schulte and Carola Cunningham on Edmonton’s Coordinated Youth Response
May 12, 2022

President and CEO of Youth Empowerment and Support Services (YESS), Margo Schulte, and CEO of Niginan Housing Ventures, Carola Cunningham, join us this week to discuss Edmonton’s Coordinated Youth Response. They talk about how a group of agencies came together during the pandemic to meet an immediate need for better helping youth. You don’t want to miss it!

Episode 67
The impact that data-driven storytelling has on the work to end homelessness
May 5, 2022

On this week’s episode, we’ll be joined by Jordan Press, a reporter for the Ottawa bureau of the Canadian Press who focuses on data-driven storytelling and access to information.

Jordan talks to us about his extensive career covering housing on Parliament Hill, his thoughts on the housing chapter in 2022’s federal budget, and what he believes to be the greatest advances in the fight to end homelessness. You don’t want to miss it.

Episode 66
John Neufeld on House of Friendship’s efforts to end homelessness in Waterloo region
April 28, 2022

On their journey to help end homelessness in Waterloo Region, House of Friendship provides people with shelter and long-term, permanent supportive housing.

This week, Executive Director of House of Friendship, John Neufeld discusses his work to support vulnerable individuals in accessing vital services such as food, housing and addiction services. He also talks about House of Friendship’s Shelter Care program, the only one of its kind, specifically aimed at providing access to healthcare for those experiencing homelessness in Waterloo Region.

Episode 65
Amanda Katz on donating cars to eliminate homelessness
April 21, 2022

In this episode, we’re joined by Amanda Katz, Executive Director of Homeless Cars, an organization dedicated to eliminating homelessness and food insecurity through the proceeds of donated vehicles.

Amanda talks about her innovative organization that uses funds from scrap vehicles in support of ending homelessness within communities across Canada.

Episode 64
Marc Soberano on Creating Long-Term Affordable Housing
April 14, 2022

There are thousands of vacant homes that can be used for truly affordable housing in Canada.

This week, Marc joins us to talk about “Reside”—a Raising the Roof program that repurposes vacant homes to create long-term affordable housing along with employment opportunities in the trades.

Episode 63
Kaite Burkholder Harris on Renovictions
April 7, 2022

Motivated by a desire to see larger systems change, Kaite’s passion lies in engaging and mobilizing new stakeholders towards the goal of safe and affordable housing for all.

Join us this week where we discuss the long-term impact of renovictions and how strengthening tenant protections can push us forward in addressing Canada’s homelessness crisis.

Episode 62
Mark Richardson on the impact of data
March 31, 2022

CTO of Rich Analytics, Mark Richardson has over 25 years of experience on data-analytics platforms. As the pro-bono Technical Lead for data visualization & analytics on the HousingNowTO.com civic-tech project, Mark works to develop robust tools to improve engagement around civic challenges like affordable-housing development and supportive housing access.

Join us this week where we talk about the impact data has on Canada’s housing market and how leveraging it can improve Toronto’s delivery of new affordable housing.

Episode 61
How COVID-19 has impacted 2SLGBTQ+ Youth
March 24, 2022

2SLGBTQ+ youth are overrepresented among the homeless youth population and experience significantly higher rates of mental health issues compared to heterosexual and cisgender youth.

Internationally renowned researcher, Dr. Alex Abramovich, joins us along with 360°kids Chief Executive Officer, Clovis Grant, and Peer Outreach Worker, Jesse Vacarciuc, to talk about how service providers, policymakers, and public health officials can adequately address the needs of 2SLGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness during the pandemic.

Episode 60
John Fox discusses the Ontario Housing Report
March 17, 2022

John Fox has 20 years of experience working in the housing sector, specializing in real estate development, social and affordable housing, and construction law.

Through his commitment to advance and sustain affordable housing, our guest discusses the Ontario Housing Affordability Task Force Report and what its findings mean for renters, home-buyers, and developers in the province.

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