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    Being homeless means you are more vulnerable to the spread of infectious disease than people with housing. The rigours of life on the streets mean that people experiencing homelessness have compromised health and are vulnerable to the spread of infectious disease.

Courses are collections of resources grouped by topic. Some of these range from beginner basics (such as Housing First 101) to specifics in case management (such as working with youth). As the website develops and grows, we will create more self-paced courses with clear learning outcomes (much like the Systems Planning Collective Learning Modules). 

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    Being homeless means you are more vulnerable to the spread of infectious disease than people with housing. The rigours of life on the streets mean that people experiencing homelessness have compromised health and are vulnerable to the spread of infectious disease.

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    A Way Home Canada and the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness have partnered to support frontline workers’ efforts and provide guidance tailored to the unique needs of young people who are experiencing homelessness or who are provisionally housed. These are challenging times for organizations who are delivering direct services to young people at risk of or who are currently experiencing homelessness.

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    If your work involves supporting clients experiencing homelessness or housing vulnerability, you may be worried about how an outbreak could affect their welfare as well as your own. Research has shown that individuals experiencing homelessness may be at greater disadvantage during pandemic outbreaks, are often nutritionally vulnerable, and may have health conditions that put them in medically high risk populations.

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    The Homeless Individuals and Families Information System (HIFIS) is a web-enabled Homelessness Management Information System (HMIS) that can provide communities with the information they need to further their efforts with addressing homelessness. It allows multiple service providers from the same geographic area to implement coordinated access using real-time information about people experiencing homelessness and the resources they need to find and keep a home.

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    To engage communities on implementing a Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) and on data management, strategies and project planning are essentials aspects for any successful implementation. It also requires the collaboration of service providers, front line users, and clients to leverage multidisciplinary team and create change.

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    Point-in-Time (PiT) Counts are coordinated community efforts to enumerate (or count) the homeless population in a given community at a given time. PiT Counts provide important evidence informing resources needed, as well as painting a picture of change over time.