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On The Way Home
On The Way Home
On the Way Home is a podcast that brings together the voices and issues involved in ending homelessness in Canada.
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Maytree’s Garima Talwar Kapoor
For so many experiencing homelessness, income security plays a large part. Join us this week on the On The Way Home podcast as we are joined by Maytree’s Garima Talwar Kapoor to talk about their recently released Social Assistance report, and the need for impactful changes moving forward. This episode is made possible by CAEH.
Jul 28, 2022
Human Rights Claims
This week on the On The Way Home podcast, we are joined by Kaitlin Schwan, Katlia Lafferty and Khulud Baig to talk about the two Human Rights Claims that were submitted on June 14th to the National Housing Advocate, the “Crisis Ends with Us” from the Women’s Network and the other, “Homeless on Homelands” from the National Indigenous Feminist Housing Working Group. An important and powerful conversation you don’t want to miss!
Jul 21, 2022
Dr. Robb Kelly
Both a lived expert and expert in his field of recovery, Dr. Robb Kelly takes a different approach to addiction, focusing on the cause of addiction and not the symptoms. He joins us on this week’s podcast to share his story of homelessness and recovery and as well his thoughts around both the causes and solutions to the opioid crisis we are facing in North America.
Jul 14, 2022
“Dwell” Housing Equity Program
Is it possible to provide longer term affordable housing while at the same time helping individuals and families build equity? Join us on the OTWH podcast this week as we discuss the “Dwell” program which looks to provide deeply affordable housing while helping people build equity for a brighter future. We are joined by the power team of Adrienne Pacini at SHS, Joshua Benard at Habitat GTA and Emmy Kelly from Blue Door, who designed Dwell through the CMHC Innovation Lab program.
Jul 7, 2022
Deirdre Freiheit, Shepherds of Good Hope
We’ve heard time and time again that innovation and action are critical if we are to move the needle on ending homelessness in Canada. This week on the podcast, we are joined by the incredible Deirdre Freigheit, the CEO of Shepherds of Good Hope in Ottawa, who has taken innovation and action to new levels in supporting the city’s most vulnerable. From new housing projects to innovative health care for those most in need, Deirdre and her team are leading the way. Give it a listen and get ready to learn!
Jun 30, 2022
2SLGBTQ+ youth and homelessness
One of the most over represented communities experiencing homelessness across North America, are youth who identify as 2SLGBTQ+ . While the research points to a need for specialized housing programs for these youth, many organizations have stepped up their programming to meet this need. This week we are joined by Alex Cheng from Blue Door and Alyssa from Trellis, two organizations who have developed innovative and responsive housing programs for 2SLGBTQ+ youth.
Jun 23, 2022
Kevin Webb, the Director of Emergency Shelter and Housing at the DI
During the pandemic there has been a rapid increase in the number of encampments across North America. In Calgary, the Calgary Drop In took a different approach to supporting individuals in a local encampment, and this week we are joined by Kevin Webb, the Director of Emergency Shelter and Housing at the DI for a great chat about the process, the successes and the learnings from the process.
Jun 16, 2022
Julia Markovich, Acting Advisor, Research at CMHC
On this week’s episode of the podcast we are joined by Julia Markovich, Acting Advisor, Research at CMHC, who’s focus is on research and public dialogue as vehicles to solve problems. Julia talk to us about some amazing and important work she has done in regards to Evictions with Seniors and Older Adults - looking at how the research was conducted, the impacts, as well as some of her most surprising findings. This is an aspect of homelessness that is often overlooked a deeply important in understanding the issue as homelessness impacts people from all corners of our community
Jun 9, 2022
This week we have very special guest as we are joined by Canada’s first Federal Housing Advocate, Marie-Josée Houle, as she starts her three-year term in this very critical appointment. She shares with the podcast how the job allows her to request reviews of systemic housing issues, make public recommendations to the federal minister on policy and programs, and to hold the federal government to account on its stated sentiment that adequate housing is a fundamental human right. She is brilliant, funny, and passionate and you won’t want to miss it!
Jun 2, 2022
Peter McMillan, Executive Officer at NT Shelter in Australia
This week we are joined by Peter McMillan, Executive Officer at NT Shelter in Australia, who paints a picture of what homelessness looks like in the Northern Territory of Australia as well as the efforts that are being made to help end homelessness in the country.
May 26, 2022
Join us on On The Way Home for a special podcast around the #Vote4Housing campaign as we chat with Marlene Coffey from ONPHA and Tim Ross from CHF Canada to learn what the campaign is all about, why it’s so important, and how we all can get involved
May 19, 2022
Dr. Paul Kershaw
This week we have Dr. Paul Kershaw, a tenured professor at the University of BC, public speaker, regular media contributor and Founder of Generation Squeeze. Paul talks to us about the state of housing in Canada and his organization Generation Squeeze – a force for intergenerational fairness, to improve Canada's wellbeing, powered by the voices of younger Canadians and those who love them -- all backed by cutting-edge research.
May 12, 2022
Margo Schulte Long President and CEO of Youth Empowerment and Support Services (YESS) in Edmonton, and Carola Cunningham, Carola Cunningham, CEO of Niginan Housing Ventures
This week we are joined by Margo Schulte Long President and CEO of Youth Empowerment and Support Services (YESS) in Edmonton, and Carola Cunningham, Carola Cunningham, CEO of Niginan Housing Ventures. Together they talk about the work and progress of Edmonton’s Coordinated Youth Response that was started by a group of agencies in Edmonton to better help youth during the pandemic to launch a coordinated effort to improve the way they provide services to youth.
May 5, 2022
Jordan Press, a reporter at the Canadian Press
This week on the podcast, Jordan Press, a reporter at the Canadian Press, talks to us about his extensive career covering housing on parliament hill, his thoughts on the latest federal budget around housing, and what he believes to be the greatest advances in the fight to end homelessness from a governmental perspective.
Apr 28, 2022
John Neufeld about House of Friendship
This week we are joined by John Neufeld, who speaks to us about House of Friendship, an organization that supports vulnerable individuals in accessing vital services like, food, housing and addiction services. John also talked to us about the Shelter Care program, the only one of its kind, specifically aimed at providing access to healthcare for those experiencing homelessness in Waterloo Region.
Apr 21, 2022
Amanda Katz, Executive Director of Homeless Cars
This week on the podcast, we’re joined by Amanda Katz, Executive Director of Homeless Cars, who talks to us about her unique organization that uses funds from scrap vehicles to eliminate homelessness in your community.
Apr 14, 2022
Marc Soberano the Executive Director of Raising the Roof
There are thousands of vacant homes that can be used for truly affordable housing in Canada. This week, Marc Soberano the Executive Director of Raising the Roof joins us to talk about “Reside”, a program that repurposes vacant homes to create long term affordable housing, and employment opportunities in the trades helping to prevent homelessness.
Apr 7, 2022
Kaite Burkholder Harris, the Executive Director at the Alliance to End Homelessness Ottawa
On this week’s episode of OTWH, Kaite Burkholder Harris, the Executive Director at the Alliance to End Homelessness Ottawa, talks about renovictions, the rights of tenants, displacement, and how fewer tenant protections can lead to homelessness.
Mar 31, 2022
Mark Richardson a volunteer at HousingNowTO
Here is the write up for this week’s guest, Mark Richardson from HousingNowTO. Data plays a pivotal role in creating affordable housing. This week on the On The Way Home podcast, we are joined by Mark Richardson a volunteer at HousingNowTO, a pro-bono group of volunteers in Toronto who are leveraging data to improve Toronto’s delivery of new affordable housing.
Mar 24, 2022
How the Covid19 pandemic has impacted 2SLGBTQ+ youth across York Region
While the pandemic has been hard on us all, it’s been so much harder on many of our vulnerable communities. On this weeks episode of OTWH, Internationally renowned researcher on 2SLGBQ+ issues Dr. Alex Abramovich joins us, along with CEO of 360kids, Clovis Grant and lived expert Jesse to talk about Dr. Alex’s recent research around how the Covid19 pandemic has impacted 2SLGBTQ+ youth across York Region.
Mar 17, 2022
John Fox About The Ontario Housing Affordability Task Force
On this week’s episode of OTWH, John Fox, Managing Partner at Robins Appleby LLP, who specialises in real estate development, social and affordable housing, and construction – talks about the Ontario Housing Affordability Task Force Report and what it means for renters, home-buyers and builders in the province.
Mar 10, 2022
Jake and Julie from CHRA
One of the best and biggest conferences on Housing and Homelessness is happening in April. Jake and Julie from CHRA join us to talk all about this year’s exciting speakers and topics you won’t want to miss
Mar 3, 2022
Jeff Willmer, Co-Founder of A Better Tent City
Instead of taking down an encampment, they made it a safe step toward permanent housing. Join us this week on this week’s episode where Jeff Willmer, Co-Founder of A Better Tent City, talks about how a small but mighty group of volunteers in Waterloo Region put together an amazing project supporting many of the community’s most vulnerable.
Feb 24, 2022
Stéphane Corriveau - Community Housing Transformation Centre
With a housing crisis in full swing, Canada needs new supports to work our way through these challenging times. Executive Director, Stéphane Corriveau, joins us on this week’s podcast to talk about The Community Housing Transformation Centre and their innovative and different approach in working with housing organizations across the country to drive transformation, sustainability and growth in community housing.
Feb 17, 2022
Coldest Night of the Year
On February 26th, thousands of Canadians will walk to raise awareness and funds to prevent and end homelessness in the Coldest Night of the Year event happening across the country. Join us on the podcast as Marj and Katie from two of the organizations participating, Blue Door and Choices for youth, chat with me about this year’s event.
Feb 10, 2022
Mariana Gallo from Word Habitat
This week we are joined by Mariana Gallo from Word Habitat, where we’ll talk about some of the amazing and innovative Word Habitat Award winners from 2021 and how you can enter the awards in 2022. You don’t want to miss it.
Feb 3, 2022
Scott MacAfee, the Chairperson of the National Advisory Council on Poverty
This week Scott MacAfee, the Chairperson of the National Advisory Council on Poverty joins us on On The Way Home to talk about who the council is, their important work, and the just released, “Understanding Systems: The 2021 Report of the National Advisory Council on Poverty
Jan 27, 2022
Isabel Cascante and Trisha Scantlebury
This week we are joined by the brilliant and passionate Isabel Cascante and Trisha Scantlebury from the United Way of Greater Toronto as we discuss their impactful and eye opening research report called “Vertical Legacy: The case for revitalizing the GTA’s aging rental tower communities.
Jan 20, 2022
This week we speak with Yasushi Ohki the Executive Director of the Green Violin Community Development Company. Join us as we chat with him about the business of fighting the system and pushing housing solutions into the gaps that can make a difference as well as looking at better ways of being a neighbour in an effort to melt the walls that separate people from housing. Take a listen!
Jan 13, 2022
Charly Ligety is the Director of The Housing Innovation Collaborative (“HICo”), an action-oriented non-profit housing research and development platform based in Los Angeles, CA. HICo highlights the next generation of construction, finance, and policy solutions to address the housing affordability crisis. His recent work on rapid shelter solutions has been featured in national press and published with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Jan 6, 2022
Dr. Alina Turner
Dr. Alina Turner is the co-founder of HelpSeeker, a social enterprise focused on scaling systems innovation to accelerate social change across Canada. HelpSeeker uses machine learning, data science, and social innovation to help people access services that improve their lives. A researcher and entrepreneur, Alina led the implementation of Canada’s first Homelessness Management Information System and designed Calgary’s Housing First System of Care.
Dec 30, 2021
What On the Way Home meant to us in 2021
For the final episode of 2021, Meg, Michael and Stefania look back at our podcast's first year. Join us to hear our personal favourite moments, our hopes for the new year and what home means to us. A huge and warm thank you to everyone who have listened and supported us in our first year of On the Way Home. We can't wait to show you what we have planned for 2022!
Dec 23, 2021
Us and Them
The documentary Us and Them spans over 10 years following the lives of four people experiencing homelessness, including Karen who spent 20 years on Canada's streets. Karen is a long-time friend of the film's producer, co-writer and co-director, Krista. The two join us on the podcast this week to talk about their experiences and the documentary.v
Dec 16, 2021
National Housing Strategy Solutions Labs
Andrew Cowan joins us to talk about the National Housing Strategy Solutions Labs. He is a Senior Specialist on the Demonstrations and Excellence team in Innovation and Partnerships at CMHC and leads the administration of Solutions Labs, which provides housing stakeholders with funding and expert innovation lab consultants to help solve complex housing problems using innovation. This On the Way Home episode was brought to you by the good people at the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.
Dec 9, 2021
Northern Access: Housing Supply Challenge
The Housing Supply Challenge is heading into round three in January 2022, the Northern Access Round: Supply Chain Solutions for Northern and Remote Housing. Building in the north is expensive and difficult. This challenge invites residents and professionals to submit ideas and solutions to improve Canada’s housing supply chain in northern and remote regions. Listen and learn more! This On the Way Home episode was brought to you by the good people at the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.
Dec 2, 2021
Justine Levesque is a Research and Evaluation Officer at Hub Solutions, a social enterprise at the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness. She talks to us about a recent report she worked on, Understanding the Needs of Workers in the Homelessness Support Sector. Justine is passionate about using participatory research approaches to create collaborate spaces for people with lived experiences to be research partners and not simply research participants.
Nov 25, 2021
3D-printing homes & housing supply
How big does a 3D printer have to be in order to produce a home? Why is 3D-printing housing slow to gain momentum in Canada? Could it play a role in ending homelessness? Explore the answers to these questions in our interview with Ed MacNab, CEO of 3D Printed Homes Corporation. He brings a broad base of experience in construction and the oil patch, electronics and IT, and various startups including a tech venture that grew to a market cap of over $600 million.
Nov 18, 2021
Dianne Himbeault is a professional planner with over 25 years of experience. She has been with CMHC for more than 10 years in a variety of roles and is currently an Outreach Specialist promoting the National Housing Strategy. We talk about the role communities play and the National Housing Co-Investment Fund. This On the Way Home episode was brought to you by the good people at the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.
Nov 11, 2021
The right to housing in Canada
The National Right to Housing Network is dedicated to the progressive realization of the right to housing in Canada, and its meaningful implementation. What does a realized right to housing in Canada look like and what barriers are standing in the way? Learn more about it by listening to this conversation with the network's Michèle Biss and Sahar Raza.
Nov 4, 2021
Melanie Redman is the co-founder, President & CEO of A Way Home Canada, a national coalition reimagining solutions to youth homelessness through transformations in policy, planning and practice. A Way Home Canada has inspired communities and countries around the world to adopt the A Way Home brand as a way to participate in a growing international movement for change. Melanie also leads the National Learning Community on Youth Homelessness in Canada.
Oct 28, 2021
Juha Kaakinen is Chief Executive of Y-Foundation, the biggest Finnish NGO providing housing for homeless people and social housing with a housing stock of 18,000 flats. He is internationally known as a passionate advocate of Housing First policy. Finland and Helsinki have made bold commitments to end all homelessness in the next few years, find out why Juha says they can and will make it happen.
Oct 28, 2021
The 2021 National Conference on Ending Homelessness, happening Nov. 3-4, will arm policy makers, funders, researchers, advocates, community leaders and front line workers with the inspiration, information, tools and training they need to end homelessness. October 28 is the last day to register and participate. Hear from Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness President & CEO, Tim Richter, to learn more about it and the exciting #PandemciHeroes video contest!
Oct 21, 2021
Measuring a community's social capital
United Way Greater Toronto released two reports on social capital. The studies assess how much residents trust their neighbours and institutions; how extensive and satisfying their social connections are; how civically engaged they are; and how they feel about their safety and services. While the results are encouraging, social capital is inequitably distributed: those with lower incomes and less financial security face greater barriers. We hear from UWGT’s Christine Hill and Isabel Cascante.
Oct 14, 2021
Dr. Naheed Dosani
Dr. Naheed Dosani is a palliative care physician who cares for homeless and vulnerably housed individuals with dignity and compassion, whether in a shelter or on the street. A transformative experience providing care to a Toronto homeless man at the end of his life motivated him to develop Palliative Education And Care for the Homeless (PEACH). The program provides community-based hospice palliative care to people regardless of their housing status or factors such as poverty or substance use.
Oct 7, 2021
Housing Professionals Mentorship Program
The Housing Professionals Mentorsip Program is a CSAE award-winning program designed to provide education, mentorship, and networking opportunities for the housing leaders of today and tomorrow. It's designed to foster innovation and growth in the sector. Hear from Jacob Gorenkoff from the Canadian Housing & Renewal Association, and Mary Clarke from the Chartered Institute of Housing Canada.
Sep 30, 2021
New pan-Canadian survey on women's homelessness
Kaitlin Schwan and Khulud Baig from the Women’s National Housing and Homelessness Network and authors of a new survey, The Pan-Canadian Women’s Housing and Homelessness Survey released Sept. 29, talk to us about the chilling results. This is the largest and first-ever national survey of women experiencing homelessness and housing need in Canada. The report includes key recommendations for governments to address the systemic barriers and issues facing this population.
Sep 23, 2021
Mumilaaq Qaqqaq (ᒧᒥᓛᖅ ᖃᖅᑲᖅ) is an Inuk woman and human rights defender. She was elected as an MP in 2019 but chose not to run again in the recent election. Originally from Baker Lake, Mumilaaq has worked with Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., The Quality of Life Secretariat in the Government of Nunavut, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, and Qulliq Energy Corporation among other organizations. She fights for adequate housing, clean water and food security in the North.
1 hr 16 min
Sep 16, 2021
Election 44: Housing affordability and renter rights
Five million people in Canada didn’t know if they were going to make rent on September 1. Housing affordability and renters’ rights are key election issues—how are federal party promises faring compared to this country’s rental crisis? Hear from leading experts on affordability, evictions, and renter rights. This Is the final episode of our special election series on housing and homelessness as voters in Canada head to the polls.
Sep 15, 2021
Election 44: Party platform analysis on housing & homelessness
This election is about housing. We are joined by rights and policy experts Garima Talwar Kapoor-Maytree, Justin Marchan- CHRA Indigenous Caucus, and Ricardo Tranjan-Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. They walk us through their analysis of federal party platform commitments on housing and homelessness. This is the fourth episode of our special election series on housing and homelessness as voters in Canada head to the polls.
Sep 14, 2021
Election 44: Housing, policy & politics
We’re joined by experts Leilani Farha, Eric Weissman and Zain Velji who talk to us about campaigning during a pandemic, housing and policy issues voters should consider this election. This is the third episode of our special election series on housing and homelessness as voters in Canada head to the polls.
Sep 13, 2021
Election 44: Lived experts & voting for solutions
What are some of the key election issues for people experiencing homelessness and housing precarity? What do candidates and federal parties need to get right if they’re going to solve homelessness if elected? Find out this episode and speak to folks with lived expertise. This is the second episode of our special election series on housing and homelessness as voters in Canada head to the polls.
Sep 9, 2021
David Le Blanc - Elections Canada
David Le Blanc is the Assistant Director for Stakeholder Mobilization at Elections Canada, where he has been working on reducing barriers to electoral participation for Canadians for many years. He talks to us about how people with no fixed address can vote in election 44. This episode is the first of our special election series on housing and homelessness as voters in Canada head to the polls.
Sep 2, 2021
Mike Lethby is the Executive Director of the Niagara Resource Service for Youth (The RAFT) a not-for profit agency in the Niagara region working with youth and their families. He shares why his focus has shifted to preventing homelessness, shelter diversion, and the impacts COVID-19 has had on the sector. Born and raised in Niagara, Mike worked in the local auto sector before graduating Brock University with an honours B.A. in Political Science and History. Mike also holds a master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario.
Aug 26, 2021
Tom Cooper serves as Director of the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction - a collaborative organization formed to tackle the city's unacceptable levels of poverty. Through the roundtable's work, Tom has engaged governments at all levels to invest in poverty reduction initiatives and worked to give people experiencing poverty a voice in the decisions that affect their lives. He talks to us about his involvement in helping to establish Ontario's first basic income pilot.
Aug 19, 2021
Powered by The Home Depot Canada Foundation, TradeWorx is a collaboration of 10 successful Canadian employment social enterprises helping bridge systemic gaps and prevent youth homelessness. TradeWorx partners provide youth at-risk of homelessness with the skills training needed to secure a long-term well-paying career in the trades, resulting in the ability to afford/retain housing. Learn more from today’s guests: Emily Rowe, Sheldon Pollett, and Emmy Kelly!
Aug 12, 2021
The national non-partisan campaign “Vote Housing” is designed to engage and mobilize Canadians to pledge to Vote Housing in the upcoming federal election. The people-powered campaign wants to see solutions to the homelessness and housing crisis on the upcoming ballot. We're joined by Jeff Morrison, ED of the CHRA and Alex Nelson, who serves on the steering committees of both the Canadian Lived Experience Leadership Network and the Women’s National Housing and Homelessness Network.
Aug 5, 2021
Dr. Andrew Boozary
Dr. Andrew Boozary is a passionate and brilliant social advocate and a primary care physician and ED of Population Health and Social Medicine at the University Health Network. He is working to develop, evaluate and scale new models of healthcare delivery for patients with complex health and social needs. During this pandemic, Dr. Boozary also serves as co-lead of the Ontario Health Toronto Region COVID-19 Homelessness Response and is a member of the Canadian Medical Association's Post-Pandemic Expert Advisory Group.
Jul 29, 2021
Daniel McCulloch is a Lecturer in Criminology and Social Policy at The Open University (UK). His research has explored aspects of homelessness such as the ways in which people experiencing homelessness talk about their experiences, as well as the ways in which their lives are discussed in government policy. In addition to this, he has also carried out research which examines the experiences of Deaf prisoners in the UK, and studies exploring research methods in the social sciences.
Jul 22, 2021
Cheyanne Ratnam is passionate about equity and developing inclusive and accessible spaces and processes. She joins On the Way Home and talks about being a first voice advocate and the groundbreaking work she is doing with the Ontario government to meaningfully change the aging out process of youth in care. Cheyanne has dedicated much of her time and expertise in child welfare and homelessness. She is the Co-founder/Executive Lead of the Ontario Children’s Advancement Coalition. She serves on the Board of the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, she’s a member of the Equity and Inclusion Council of the Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada, among many others.
Jul 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".
Jul 8, 2021
Community Land Trusts & Land Assembly Solutions for Affordable Housing
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 for Affordable Housing. 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.
Jul 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.
Jun 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.
Jun 17, 2021
Canada’s Land Trust Models
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!
Jun 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.
Jun 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.
1 hr 11 min
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.
May 20, 2021
Jen St. Denis
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 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.
May 13, 2021
CMHC’s Housing Supply Challenge
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
May 6, 2021
Sekani Dakelth is from the Tl'azt'en Nation and calls the Downtown Eastside home. She is passionate about trans rights, sex worker rights and harm reduction. Like many of her peers, Sekani knows firsthand how stigma around drug use acts as a barrier to accessing health care. She has worked as a vendor with Megaphone, a monthly magazine based in the Downtown Eastside and Victoria, BC, for years and officially joined the team in 2018 to help build the Speakers Bureau.
Apr 29, 2021
Lorraine Lam has spent the last decade hanging out and working with Sanctuary, a community in the heart of Toronto that seeks to particularly value individuals who live in the margins of society. These individuals often bear the brunt of the weight of systemic oppression, including homelessness, stigma, and more. Her friendships at Sanctuary have changed her life and her hope is for others to experience the same kind of transformational relationships.
Apr 22, 2021
Nicholas Ridiculous & Michelle German
In order to solve youth homelessness, young people experiencing it or aging out of the foster care system must sit at the table where solutions are being discussed and designed. Hear Nicholas Ridiculous share his lived experience and Michelle German, Vice President of Policy and Strategy at WoodGreen Community Services, talk about their critical new report, New Housing Models for Youth Transitioning Out of Care, a Solutions Lab Roadmap. As Nicholas notes, there are lots of reports but we must act to end youth homelessness!
Apr 15, 2021
David Ireland has been a housing advocate all his working life, from local authorities to government, to media and charities. Now he’s the Chief Executive of World Habitat based in the UK, whose vision is “a world where everyone has a safe and secure home in a successful community.” World Habitat recently released a report about how organizations across Europe worked together to save lives during the pandemic, and supported people’s journey out of homelessness.
Apr 8, 2021
Laural Raine is Director of Service Planning & Integrity at Shelter, Support and Housing Administration with the City of Toronto. Recently, the city released its shelter system data publicly to inform solutions to homelessness. The data is updated monthly, and the city is expanding on the data it collects. Hear more about why transparency and data are key pillars to end homelessness.
Apr 1, 2021
Dr. Jeffrey Turnbull
There is no denying that Dr. Jeffrey Turnbull is dedicated to serving people experiencing chronic homelessness after turning down a top job with a hospital in order to found Ottawa Inner City Health and work with people whose homelessness mean compounded complex health issues and a much shorter lifespan. Hear about lessons learned from COVID-19, challenges, and why housing is healthcare.
Mar 25, 2021
Mental Health Ambassador with the University of New Brunswick-Saint John, Tara O'Toole
Mental Health Ambassador with the University of New Brunswick-Saint John and mentor, Tara O'Toole joins us this episode to talk about her journey out of homelessness and the power of mentorship, mental health support and prevention.
Mar 18, 2021
While the pandemic has been rough on everyone, it has had even more of an impact on people experiencing homelessness. Nick Falvo, a well known and respected Research Consultant, who started his career on the front line, joins us on the On The Way Home podcast to talk about his recent report on the long term impact of the Covid-19 Recession on homelessness in Canada.
Mar 11, 2021
She sings, acts, writes and is a fierce advocate for our country’s most vulnerable. Join us this week on ‘”On The Way Home”, as Canadian icon, Bif Naked shares her personal journey through the entertainment industry and how she works to continually use her platform to help and lift up those in need in our communities!
Mar 4, 2021
Bahar Shadpour joins us this episode to talk about the necessity of an evictions moratorium in Ontario as the pandemic rages on. She is the Communications and Public Affairs Specialist at the Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario, a specialty community legal clinic serving tenants and fighting for safe, adequate and affordable homes.
Feb 24, 2021
Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson
On the Way Home kicks off its inaugural podcast episode with Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson. From his personal motivation for ending homelessness to why he thinks we can do it, Mayor Iveson shares the necessary policy and decisions required to make it happen. Since 2009 Edmonton has housed over 12,000 people through Housing First.