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"If Our Streets Could Speak"

presented at the CAEH National Conference in November 2016.

 

Court Order to Reside Pilot Project - Final Evaluation Report

For approximately twenty years, The Salvation Army Correctional and Justice Services and The Salvation Army Centre of Hope have worked together to arrange emergency shelter for individuals placed on a Judicial Interim Release Order1 with a condition to reside at The Salvation Army Centre of Hope until their criminal matter was resolved.

Placing individuals on a Judicial Interim Release Order to reside at The Salvation Army Centre of Hope was a response to the reluctance by Justices of the Peace to release an individual to no fixed address. If an individual had no fixed address and the option of emergency shelter was not there, they would likely be remanded into custody pending their court date.

The practice of placing an individual on a Judicial Interim Release Order to Reside at The Salvation Army Centre of Hope often resulted in lengthy stays in emergency shelter and the use of an emergency shelter exceeded its intended purpose. Further, there were many unknowns and gaps in information about what happened to individuals who were on a Judicial Interim Release Order with a condition to reside in an emergency shelter.

The Court Order to Reside Pilot Project (O2R) was commissioned by the City of London Homeless Prevention Service Area to:

1. Test assumptions about what happens to individuals on a Judicial Interim Release Order

with a condition to reside at an emergency shelter;

2. Develop a better understanding of the impacts related to ordering individuals into

homelessness; and

3. Transition individuals ordered by the Courts to reside at The Salvation Army Centre of

Hope into appropriate housing with supports.

The O2R Pilot Project operated from November 4, 2014 to September 30, 2016 as a collaborative effort between St. Leonard’s Community Services, The Salvation Army Centre of Hope, The Salvation Army Correctional and Justice Services, Mission Services of London – Men’s Mission, Unity Project for Relief of Homelessness in London, and the City of London.

The O2R Pilot Project used a Housing First approach. A Housing First approach assists individuals and families experiencing homelessness by seeking out and supporting the right housing, at the right time, in the right place, with the right level of support to develop lasting housing stability.

A copy of the Final Evaluation Report can be found to the right of your screen.

London's 2015-2016 Enumeration Results

Solving Homelessness Together: London's 2015-2016 Enumeration Results provides a point-in-time snapshot of homelessness in London.

The report includes a count of individuals experiencing absolute homelessness at specific points in time in London.  The data was collected during Registry Week, held in October 2015, and the Point-in-time Count, which was held in April 2016.  The complete report is available to the right of the screen.  

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