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 21
Erin Dej
Release Date: July 15, 2021

Criminalizing people experiencing homelessness is a tragic reality that must end. Erin Dej is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology at Wilfrid Laurier University. She is a critical criminologist who has been doing research on homelessness for over a decade, focusing on how to create meaningful inclusion for people who have experienced homelessness, with the ultimate aim of preventing and ending homelessness in Canada. She recently published her first book, “A Complex Exile: Homelessness and Social Exclusion in Canada”.

Episode 20
Community Land Trusts & Land Assembly Solutions for Affordable Housing
Release Date: July 9, 2021

The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) recently announced $2 million in funding for the National Housing Strategy Demonstrations Initiative, for a 2021 open call competition for Community Land Trusts and Land Assembly solutions. Listen to CMHC’s Ramya, Carlos and Anne-Marie tell us about how to successfully apply and receive between $100,000 to $250,000 for a project. This On the Way Home episode was brought to you by the good people at the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

Episode 19
Nick Gefucia
Release Date: July 1, 2021

Nick Gefucia is a lawyer and Vice President of Affordable Housing with EllisDon Capital where he provides leadership to EllisDon’s dedicated national affordable housing team, EllisDon Community Builders. Nick is an experienced project development professional having led the commercial and legal aspects in a multitude of infrastructure and real estate transactions across Canada. We talk to Nick about how Community Builders is delivering affordable housing to folks and the gaps they’re trying to fill in the crisis.

Episode 18
Carole Saab
Release Date: June 24, 2021

Carole Saab is the CEO of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and a tireless champion for cities and communities–driving an ambitious vision for local government leadership in building a more sustainable, prosperous, and inclusive Canada. We talk to her about local governments across the country getting more involved in the housing crisis and advocating for real solutions.

Episode 17
Canada’s Land Trust Models
Release Date: June 17, 2021

Let’s talk about the Land Trust model! How can it help solve the housing affordability crisis? Hear from Melissa Estable, Manager of the Co-operative Housing Development with CHF Canada, and Joshua Bénard, VP of Real Estate Development with Habitat GTA and Board Member of Community Affordable Housing Solutions. Learn about Land Trusts as a solution and some amazing examples of where they’re working!

Episode 16
Kasari Govender
Release Date: June 10, 2021

Kasari Govender took office as B.C.’s first independent Human Rights Commissioner in 2019. We talk to her about the groundbreaking work she’s doing as commissioner and her office’s recent report on the grandmother’s perspective, which is about disaggregating data collection. Her role is to lead the promotion and protection of human rights in British Columbia through the Office of the Human Rights Commissioner. Govender has devoted her life to promoting human rights as a lawyer and community builder in an effort to create a more equitable and just province.

Episode 15
Margaret Pfoh
Release Date: June 3, 2021

Margaret Pfoh is Tsimshian from the Eagle Clan of the Gitga’at First Nation. She joined the non-profit housing sector 25 years ago and is the CEO of the Aboriginal Housing Management Association. She talks to us about AHMA as the first housing authority of its kind in Canada and how the model could be replicated across the country–delivering housing for Indigenous by Indigenous Peoples. 

Episode 14
Garth Mullins
Release Date: May 27, 2021

Reporting from the font lines of the drug poisoning crisis, Garth Mullins is a drug user activist and award-winning radio documentarian. He is host and executive producer of the Crackdown Podcast where drug users cover the drug war as war correspondents. This is Garth’s second overdose crisis. He used injection heroin for over a decade and is now on methadone. He is a member of the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users and is also a trade union organizer and musician.

Episode 13
Jen St. Denis
Release Date: May 20, 2021

Jen St. Denis is an award-winning journalist who’s spent her career providing in-depth reporting on housing and city politics. Today, she is working with The Tyee, an independent news magazine based in Vancouver, BC, focusing her eye on the complex Vancouver Downtown Eastside. Her investigative coverage has shed light on both the beauty and tragedy the community experiences, from grassroots advocacy to over-policing and gentrification. But unlike mainstream media, Jen also covers the unique culture and strong ties of this neighbourhood—the front lines of homelessness, the drug war, and Vancouver’s affordable housing crisis.

Episode 12
CMHC’s Housing Supply Challenge
Release Date: May 13, 2021

Targeting housing experts and professionals, CMHC’s Housing Supply Challenge aims to remove or reduce barriers that hinder housing supply. And there’s $300 million in funding to be awarded over 5 years for those up for it. Hear from CMHC’s Brigit and Sarah about how to stand out and apply. This On the Way Home episode was brought to you by the good people at the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

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