Assessing Barriers To Homelessness

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A slideshow presentation for the Canadian Association of Planning Students conference 2010. The presentation was of studio material produced in 3rd year client-based studio for a men\'s shelter in Toronto, Ontario.

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<ul><li> 1. Assessing barriers to Homelessness: <br />A needs assessment of Seaton House<br />Presentation: Angela Bepple<br />Integrated Urban Health Consultants Studio Group:<br />Lucas Berube, Matt Edwards, Danny Bridson, Robin Clarke, Mike Iannicello,<br />Dan Ihnatowycz, Andrew Infusino, Sean OCallaghan , Angela Bepple<br /></li></ul> <p> 2. Overview<br />Outline of Project<br />Findings<br />3.Conclusion<br /> 3. Project<br />Client: Seaton House Mens Shelter<br />-Largestshelter in Toronto<br />-Employment Assistance<br />-Housing Assistance<br />-Harm reduction program<br />-Variety of dormitories for <br />different users<br />IUHC dealt specifically with the LONG-TERM population on the 4th floor<br /> 4. 4th Floor: Long-term resident needs assessment<br />-User Characteristics<br />-Typically elderly - Many had disabilities<br />-Addictions issues- Mental health issues<br />- Needs Assessment Considerations:<br />- Health<br />- Housing<br />- Social Life/ Network<br />To discover the self-perceived needs of users in order to help with long-term housing<br /> 5. Findings:<br /></p> <ul><li>Over 50% previously stayed at Seaton House </li></ul> <p> 6. Indicated housing outcome had failed-Reasons for return:<br />-Inadequacy &amp; disrepair of housing<br />-Breakdown of social network<br />-Serious health issues leading to loss of housing/hospitalization<br />-Lack of money was NOT a significant reason<br />-The absence of an alternative was the most significant reason<br /> 7. Findings<br />-Many respondents dont think/plan long-term<br />-Seaton House medical staff are the primary and only source of medical treatment for many<br />-Most respondents felt Seaton House was their social network<br />-Yet many did not participate in the social life of Seaton House<br /> 8. Many Faces....<br />Source: The Catholic Register<br />http://www.catholicregister.org/content/view/496/849/<br />Source: Eideard<br />http://eideard.wordpress.com/2009/03/24/toronto-to-pay-10k-to-imitation-homeless-people/<br /> 9. PROGRESSIVE PLANNING<br /> 10. WORK IN PROGRESS<br /> 11. Conclusions<br />-Respect inherent difference &amp; PLAN FOR IT<br />-Challenge the concept that shelters are temporary:<br />SHELTER IS NOT A TEMPORARY CONCEPT<br />-Planners shouldnt just consider housing in homelessness:<br />-community development-finance<br /> 12. Conclusions<br />-Planners should be concerned with the interiors of communal buildings <br />PLANNING<br />Architecture/Design<br />Social Services<br /> 13. QUESTIONS?<br /></p>