Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

The Upstream Project: The Canadian Pilot to Prevent Youth Homelessness and Improve School Engagement @ Online
Sep 4 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Join a webinar on the Upstream Project, a Canadian adaptation of a successful Australian initiative that works to prevent youth homelessness and improve school engagement.

In conjunction with the release of a project evaluation report, this webinar will bring together key stakeholders from the project to discuss their experiences, insights, and lessons learned.


  • Elisa Traficante – Director of Community Initiatives, Raising the Roof
  • Mike Lethby – Executive Director, The RAFT
  • Yvonne Kelly – Community Resource Facilitator, York Region District School Board (YRDSB)
  • Ann Harrison – Student Achievement Leader Instruction and Learning, District School Board of Niagara

This webinar is hosted by the Upstream Project.

The Human Rights Approach to Housing @ Online
Sep 13 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

The Human Rights-Based Approach to Housing Team, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation recently released a discussion paper, “A Human Rights-based Approach to Housing” (2018).

The OHFRN-CoI provided feedback that includes seven main points which will be highlighted in this webinar. Presenters will also discuss their views on the rights-based approach to housing and how it fits with the Housing First approach.

This webinar will explore how a Housing First approach fits with a human rights approach to housing.

You will learn about:

  • A rights-based approach for the National Housing Strategy;
  • How Housing First fits with the approach; and,
  • How to get the rights-based approach into legislation.

Participants from different communities are encouraged to attend and share their stories about implementing Housing First for persons experiencing chronic homelessness.


  • Kenneth Hale, Director of Legal Services, Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario
  • Emily Paradis, Independent researcher, and instructor, Urban Studies, University of Toronto
  • Bruce Porter, Executive Director of the Social Rights Advocacy Centre


  • Tim Aubry, Professor, School of Psychology & Senior Researcher, Centre for Research on Educational and Community Services, University of Ottawa; and OHFRN-COI Co-lead
  • Geoff Nelson, Emeritus Professor of Psychology, Wilfrid Laurier University; and OHFRN-COI Co-lead; and OHFRN-COI Co-lead

This webinar is hosted by the Ontario Housing First Regional Network Community of Interest.

Quest CHC Annual General Meeting @ Market Square
Sep 26 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Quest Community Health Centre invites you to attend their Annual General Meeting.

Panel Discussion: From Street to Home – “Building” a Solution – Innovative housing solutions to homelessness

5:30pm – 6:15pm: Reception
6:15pm – 7:00pm: AGM
7:00pm – 8:00pm: Panel Presentation

55% of Quest clients are homeless or at risk.

This event is hosted by Quest Community Health Centre.


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