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Transition from Homelessness – Community Discussion – “Changing Systems”

April 23 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


In 2019, with funding provided by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), we established a Community Advisory Board consisting of individuals with lived experiences of homelessness, service providers and leaders in Kingston, Ontario. This Community Advisory Board worked together with researchers from Western University to conduct a stakeholder consultation with 51 individuals with lived experiences of homelessness, service providers and leaders in the Kingston community to identify the strengths and challenges of the current system of supports in the city, and how we can more effectively support individuals to thrive following the experience of homelessness.

During this community consultation meeting, we will discuss three of the recommendations developed by the Kingston Community Advisory Board that speak to “Changing Systems”:

Recommendation 1: Systemic changes are needed to improve the lives of individuals following homelessness in Kingston

Recommendation 2: Existing services need to reflect a more strengths-based, trauma-informed lens and acknowledge systemic racism experienced by Indigenous persons

Recommendation 9: Informal and formal supports should be designed to be continuous and should last as long as people need following homelessness

Attendees will join a facilitated discussion in small groups about each topic, and share their ideas about potential solutions in the Kingston community. The presenters will collect these ideas, and attendees will engage in a full-group discussion aimed at solutions for “Changing Systems” within the city.

NOTE: This presentation would be of interest to community members living or working in Kingston or the surrounding areas, and who have an interest in improving the system of supports available for individuals during and after leaving homelessness.



April 23
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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