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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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Course Listings

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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. 

  • Coordinated Access

    The Reaching Home – Coordinated Access course provides guidance and detailed information on how to design, implement and operate Coordinated Access in communities. This course has been developed to support communities receiving funding from Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy and beyond, to support their efforts in preventing and reducing homelessness.

  • Making Zero Count

    The Making Zero Count project set out to refine the definition and measurement of an end to homelessness, specifically the concept of Functional Zero. Functional Zero can be simply defined as: a community where homelessness-related resources match or exceed the demand for them from the target population. These resources are optimized and perform at maximum efficacy. 

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    The Systems Planning Collective has heard from communities across Canada that there is a desire to pursue systems planning for prevention and sustained exits from homelessness. Regardless of the size of the community or the level of coordination within their homeless-serving system, communities have reported feeling stuck and needing support to drive change locally. Getting communities unstuck and helping them to chart a path forward that aligns with federal priorities, meet their local needs, and utilize assets and opportunities is essential.

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    The work for a Point-in-Time (PiT) count does not end after the count is conducted. This course provides guidance and tools to support the Post-Count phase of a PiT count. It covers data entry, management, and analysis, as wells as post-count communication and planning for subsequent counts. This is Part 4 in a four-part series:

    1. PIT Count Planning 

    2. PIT Count Preparation 

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    This course provides guidance and tools to support the final implementation of a Point-in-Time (PiT) Count, as well as the day of the count. In this phase, communities obtain any supplies needed for the count, assign volunteers to teams and provide training, set up their headquarters, and conduct the count. This is Part 3 in a four-part series:

    1. PIT Count Planning 

    2. PIT Count Preparation