Partnering with Other Systems

The information and resources here are intended to support your efforts to develop stronger connections between the homelessness response system and other community systems and partners.

Keep checking back here as we will be regularly updating materials and adding further resources.

See sections below for information and resources to connect with many different system partners. Remember, you can also always search on the Homeless Hub and the Homelessness Learning Hub for further information.

General Partnership and Discharge Resources
Child Welfare
  • Ready, Set, Go Guide (Ontario, 2023) – a 33-page Guide supporting children aid societies to better support children and youth to prepare for the transition to adulthood as part of the new Ontario Ready, Set, Go Program.
  • Foster Youth to Independence Program (US, 2023) – a new voucher program for rent subsidies for youth who are exiting foster care or are experiencing homelessness after being in foster care.
  • The Link Between Foster Care and Homelessness (COH Blog, 2021)
  • Equitable Standards for Transitions to Adulthood for Youth in Care (Child Welfare League of Canada and the National Council of Youth in Care Advocates)
    • Policy Brief (2021) – 12 pages – provides an overview of Canada’s position on transitions to adulthood for youth in care in comparison to other Western countries, and outlines key actions that need to be implemented by Federal, Provincial and Territorial governments in supporting more equitable transitions for youth in care across the country.
    • Report  (2021) – a 30 page report outlining the 8 transition pillars – housing is pillar #3.
  • Youth Homeless Innovations with Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice and Coordinated Entry (Los Angeles, 2018)
Developmental Disabilities, Acquired Brain Injury, & FASD

Research demonstrates that 30 to 40 percent of people experiencing homelessness have a cognitive impairment, including traumatic brain injury, learning difficulties, intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research, 2020).

  • Dealing with Cognitive Impairments and Homelessness (US National Health Care for the Homelessness Council, 2019) – 6 pages with info and practical tips
  • Homelessness and Brain Injury Toolkit (UK, Groundswell, 2020) – 10 pages with info, tips, examples and info to access a screening tool
  • Brain Injury Canada (website) – find provincial and local brain injury associations available across Canada that provide support, information, education, advocacy, and a variety of programs and services to those affected by acquired brain injury. See also, the Brain Injury and Canada Homelessness page.
  • ABI in the Streets – a program of Traverse Independence in Kitchener, ON funded through the Ministry of Health – a low barrier program, supporting those who have triggered a positive HELPS screener (see links on page), are considered homeless or precariously housed. They are assigned a worker who is specialized in brain injury who will team up with other community workers to offer direct support for clients through a brain injury lens. 
  • ‘Unthinkable’: homelessness hits those with developmental disabilities (Nanaimo BC News Bulletin, 2023)
Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking
Coordinated Access Considerations
Emergency Shelter and Housing Program Considerations
Employment and Financial Empowerment
Financial Empowerment
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