Episodes

Check out On the Way Home’s podcast library. Don’t miss any episodes featuring the bright voices and important issues about homelessness and housing.

A new episode is released every Thursday.


Episode 45
Justine Levesque
Release Date: December 2, 2021

Justine Levesque is a Research and Evaluation Officer at Hub Solutions, a social enterprise at the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness. She talks to us about a recent report she worked on, Understanding the Needs of Workers in the Homelessness Support Sector. Justine is passionate about using participatory research approaches to create collaborate spaces for people with lived experiences to be research partners and not simply research participants.

Episode 44
3D-printing homes & housing supply
Release Date: November 25, 2021

How big does a 3D printer have to be in order to produce a home? Why is 3D-printing housing slow to gain momentum in Canada? Could it play a role in ending homelessness? Explore the answers to these questions in our interview with Ed MacNab, CEO of 3D Printed Homes Corporation. He brings a broad base of experience in construction and the oil patch, electronics and IT, and various startups including a tech venture that grew to a market cap of over $600 million.

Episode 43
Dianne Himbeault
Release Date: November 18, 2021

Dianne Himbeault is a professional planner with over 25 years of experience. She has been with CMHC for more than 10 years in a variety of roles and is currently an Outreach Specialist promoting the National Housing Strategy. We talk about the role communities play and the National Housing Co-Investment Fund. This On the Way Home episode was brought to you by the good people at the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

Episode 42
The right to housing in Canada
Release Date: November 11, 2021

The National Right to Housing Network is dedicated to the progressive realization of the right to housing in Canada, and its meaningful implementation. What does a realized right to housing in Canada look like and what barriers are standing in the way? Learn more about it by listening to this conversation with the network’s Michèle Biss and Sahar Raza.

Episode 41
Melanie Redman
Release Date: November 4, 2021

Melanie Redman is the co-founder, President & CEO of A Way Home Canada, a national coalition reimagining solutions to youth homelessness through transformations in policy, planning and practice. A Way Home Canada has inspired communities and countries around the world to adopt the A Way Home brand as a way to participate in a growing international movement for change. Melanie also leads the National Learning Community on Youth Homelessness in Canada.

Episode 40
Juha Kaakinen
Release Date: October 29, 2021

Juha Kaakinen is Chief Executive of Y-Foundation, the biggest Finnish NGO providing housing for homeless people and social housing with a housing stock of 18,000 flats. He is internationally known as a passionate advocate of Housing First policy. Finland and Helsinki have made bold commitments to end all homelessness in the next few years, find out why Juha says they can and will make it happen.

Episode 39
Tim Richter
Release Date: October 28, 2021

The 2021 National Conference on Ending Homelessness, happening Nov. 3-4, will arm policy makers, funders, researchers, advocates, community leaders and front line workers with the inspiration, information, tools and training they need to end homelessness. October 28 is the last day to register and participate. Hear from Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness President & CEO, Tim Richter, to learn more about it and the exciting #PandemciHeroes video contest!

Episode 38
Measuring a community’s social capital
Release Date: October 21, 2021

United Way Greater Toronto released two reports on social capital. The studies assess how much residents trust their neighbours and institutions; how extensive and satisfying their social connections are; how civically engaged they are; and how they feel about their safety and services. While the results are encouraging, social capital is inequitably distributed: those with lower incomes and less financial security face greater barriers. We hear from UWGT’s Christine Hill and Isabel Cascante.

Episode 37
Dr. Naheed Dosani
Release Date: October 14, 2021

Dr. Naheed Dosani is a palliative care physician who cares for homeless and vulnerably housed individuals with dignity and compassion, whether in a shelter or on the street. A transformative experience providing care to a Toronto homeless man at the end of his life motivated him to develop Palliative Education And Care for the Homeless (PEACH). The program provides community-based hospice palliative care to people regardless of their housing status or factors such as poverty or substance use.

Episode 36
Housing Professionals Mentorship Program
Release Date: October 7, 2021

The Housing Professionals Mentorsip Program is a CSAE award-winning program designed to provide education, mentorship, and networking opportunities for the housing leaders of today and tomorrow. It’s designed to foster innovation and growth in the sector. Hear from Jacob Gorenkoff from the Canadian Housing & Renewal Association, and Mary Clarke from the Chartered Institute of Housing Canada.

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