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 140
Debunking Mental Health Stigmas
septembre 14, 2023

Listen in this week on the podcast, as we are joined by the brilliant Keir MacDonald, CEO of Coast Mental Health. He helps us to de-bunk some of the stigmas around mental health, why it’s so important to have supportive and affordable housing options for people exiting healthcare and treatment, and what has to change in order for us to make serious progress in ending homelessness moving forward.

Episode 139
Fast Tracking Affordable Housing
septembre 7, 2023

Housing veteran Keith Gowans, CEO of Aloft Housing joins us on the pod to chat about the innovative housing solutions him and his team at Aloft have come up with, that provide an affordable, convenient, and speedy way to create the housing Canadians desperately need.

Episode 138
On the Streets of New York City
août 31, 2023

In May 2023, researcher Nick Flavo and Marky Clarke, General Manager of the Canadian Chartered Institute of Housing, organized a study tour of Housing professionals and individuals from policing in New York City, to explore programs and work being done around housing and preventing and ending homelessness. They join us to talk about the tour and the learnings from their time in NYC, as well as where future study tours might take place.

Episode 137
Lessons from the Streets
août 24, 2023

This week on the podcast, lived expert, Al Wiebe, shares his story of going from earning a six figure salary to living on the streets, the lessons he learned, and how he’s since taken that experience forward to change things for the better through his radio show, training police officers and healthcare professionals, and through many conversations with politicians and housing professionals.

Episode 136
The National Housing Accord
août 17, 2023

We need tangible solutions to end the homelessness and housing crisis in Canada, and the recently released National Housing Accord is just that. Today I’m joined by Tim Richter, CEO of the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness and Michael Moffat Chief Executive at REALPAC to talk about how the accord came together, what it’s all about, their hopes for the future and how we all can support the accord moving forward.

Episode 135
The New Housing Accelerator Fund
août 10, 2023

This week on the pod, Frank Berube from CMHC joins to chat about the new Housing Accelerator Fund. We’ll discuss how it came fruition, how it can help address the national housing crisis, what the hopes are for the fund moving forward. Listen in on this timely conversation.

Episode 134
The Plight of Migrant Farmers
août 3, 2023

Migrant farmers play a huge role in feeding the country, yet when it comes to providing them with housing, decency and dignity are nowhere to be found. Advocate and lived expert, Gabriel Allahdua, joins us on this week’s pod, to share his experience and to chat with us about why he’s working hard to make sure migrant farmers can realize their right to dignified and acceptable housing and care.

Episode 133
Where We Were, Are, and Hope to Be
juillet 27, 2023

The 2SLGBTQ+ community continues to be overrepresented in point in time counts across the nation that examine who might be experiencing homelessness. Although great strides have been made in creating awareness and recognizing the rights of the 2SLGBTQ+ community, recent events across Canada and the world have shown us, we still have far to go. This week on the podcast we are joined by Brian Middleton and Carl McLuhan, two retired teachers who have been together for almost 50 years. As we look back at their journey from coming out, to meeting and keeping their relationship a secret for fear of losing their jobs. We’ll then hear about why they’ve made a decision to make a gift to Blue Door’s 2SLGBTQ+ program, “Innclusion” in their will. Disclaimer: this episode could be triggering for some listeners. Listener discretion is advised.

Episode 135
Advocating during Tenuous Times
juillet 20, 2023

Although there has been progress in creating awareness, education and support for the 2SLGBTQ+ community, over the last few years the community has been subject to increased amounts of hate and harassment across the US and Canada. Advocate, CEO and Principal Consultant at Ivy + Dean Consulting, Jacq Brasseur joins us on the pod to share their journey to advocacy, the current climate of push back, and what needs to change moving forward.

Episode 132
The Role of Income Supports in Ending Homelessness
juillet 13, 2023

We can’t really have the conversation about ending homelessness if we don’t look at income supports for our most vulnerable. Lee Stevens from Vibrant Communities Calgary joins us on the pod this week to talk about basic income, her research around it, and her hopes for the future of income supports in Canada.

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