Get Your BS Meter and Megaphone Ready

We are just days away from Veterans Day. Get your BS meter and megaphone ready. You are about to hear many communities declare “functional zero” in ending homelessness for veterans in their community. I call BS loud. I hope and trust you have the strength and courage to do so as well.

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My Take Aways from the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness Conference

I attended my first Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness conference in the three year history of the conferences. I applaud Tim Richter and the Canadian Alliance for pulling it off. I applaud the people that travelled from all ends of the country to attend in Montreal.

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Rapid ReHousing is NOT a Crisis Service

Three times just this week I have heard Rapid ReHousing referred to as a crisis service, or that the role of support staff in Rapid ReHousing is to respond to crises.

No. No. No. No. No. No. No. Big fat no.

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Before That Winter Shelter Gets Into Full Swing, Read This

I grew up in Northern Ontario. I understand winter cold. I know first hand the piercing pain of a northern wind sweeping across Lake Superior and taking the breath from you. My brother and I used to have to shovel our driveway and we would describe the degree of cold outside of whether or not snot would freeze when you breathed in deep. And just to make my cold weather credentials (and hoser-esque Canadiana) even more well known, we heated our house with wood, so I know what it is like to be in the middle of the night in a frozen abode until more logs got on the fire. I hate the cold. I know winter is a heartless bastard. I wish winter did not happen, and the more I travel to places like Florida, Southern California and Hawai’i, the more I realize how smart people are for living there.

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The Leadership Academy Happens This Week

This week, in West Virginia, about 200 leaders in ending homelessness are coming together to participate in the first ever OrgCode Leadership Academy. I am humbled by how many people have made the commitment to be at the Academy. I said we would do the Academy if there were 40 people interested in it – and it turns out more than five times that were interested if you include the waiting list.

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I Give Thanks

Today is Thanksgiving in Canada. To my good friends south of the border: yes we eat turkey, and watch football (Monday Night Football…or the Canadian Football League), and hang out with relatives – some of whom we legitimately like.

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Measuring a Functional End to Homelessness

It is no easy task to measure an end to something as fluid and dynamic as homelessness. I am not writing this blog to critique approaches that have been suggested by others. Instead my focus is to add my voice on considerations and approaches that communities may want to contemplate to truly declare “Functional Zero”.

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Are Tiny Homes the Answer?

Every day I get a Google News Feed about homelessness. There seems to be a disproportionate number of articles the past few months about tiny homes. They are sometimes called micro homes or city cottage homes or some variation. In some stories you read about an individual citizen creating the tiny home for a person that is homeless that they know. Sometimes it is a completely new development…like a “tiny home suburb”.

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Say What? Volume 3 – The Crazy Sh*t I Have Heard/Encountered This Quarter

Here we go with my third instalment of the year on the weird and unbelievable things I have heard or encountered on the road. This time it covers July, August and September.

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It Ain’t Housing Only (For F Sake)

As you read this blog instalment this week, it is important you remember there is almost always a lag between when I write the blog and when it is posted. I especially do not want people to think I am pointing fingers at specific communities I have been to in the past three weeks given I make my schedule publicly available on FaceBook. Let us focus on the message – not a specific place – because you may see yourself in this instalment.

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