For the CHRN, a key vehicle of knowledge mobilization is the Homeless Hub, the world’s largest repository of homelessness research. Building on the success of the Canadian Conference on Homelessness (2005), the Homeless Hub was created to address the need for a single access point to find homelessness information from across Canada. Launched in 2007, the Homeless Hub is a web-based research library and information center representing an innovative step forward in the use of technology to enhance knowledge mobilization and networking. The Homeless Hub has emerged as a place where community services providers, researchers, government representatives, and the general public can access and share research, stories, and best practices. This project began with an understanding that different stakeholders (in government, academia and the social services sector) are likely to think about and utilize research in different ways. As such, the website is built with different stakeholders in mind. Anyone can access and share the latest research, policy and best practices associated with alleviating homelessness and housing instability.
What can I find on the Homeless Hub?
- A library of over 30,000 resources on topics such as youth homelessness, mental health, housing and more.
- Find others conducting research by location and/or topic through our Canada-wide database of researchers.
- Community profiles across Canada, with access to community plans, report cards, homeless counts and other reports that monitor homelessness trends in the region.
- Stories by individuals and families who have experiences homelessness, as well as the service providers dedicated to providing support.
- Curriculum Units and additional resources for teachers who plan to undertake homelessness as a topic in their classroom.
- Resources to help you conduct research: ethics, methodologies, community planning and program evaluation.
- Plain language content including reports, research summaries, blogs and e-books.
- Arts-based resources including: videos and documentaries, music, poetry, fine arts and dramatic arts pieces.
- Event and conference listings across Canada.