At this year’s annual Community Forum on Ending Homelessness, attendees will be able to participate in two afternoon break-out sessions – one from 1:00-1:50 pm, and another from 2:00-2:50 pm. Details on the four sessions being offered during each time period are found below:

(Registration for the Forum is available by clicking here)

1:00 – 1:50

Engaging youth through Participatory Action Research: Film-making (Jacqueline Kennelly, Sociology, Carleton University; Lynette Schick, Research Assistant, Carleton University; Valerie Stam, Research Assistant, Carleton University; with Ben Hoskyn, Film-maker and youth participants)

  • Join this exciting workshop to hear about the development of three films in collaboration with homeless youth, based on the issues most important to them. Then help guide the project in a discussion on what next to do with the films.

Access to Justice and Ottawa’s Ticket Defense Program (Suzanne Bouclin, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa)

  • Hear about access to justice issues for street-involved individuals, and how one Ottawa program – the Ticket Defense Program – is working to make a difference.

Planning for Affordable Housing (Melissa Estable, Development Officer, CCOC; Dennis Carr, Principal, DCarr Community Solutions; Abra Adamo, Postdoctoral Fellow, Carleton University)

  • Declining senior government investment in housing across Canada is placing severe pressure on housing affordability. In this context, municipalities in Canada are increasingly looking to their land-use planning systems to generate affordable housing opportunities. Join Melissa, Dennis and Abra who will discuss how Canadian cities are utilizing existing and new planning policies and tools to advance the development of new affordable non-profit and private sector rental housing within their jurisdictions.

Finding homes for refugees arriving in Ottawa (Louisa Taylor, Director, Refugee613)

  • Refugee613 was founded this Fall (2015) to help coordinate our community’s response to an expected jump in the inflow of refugees to Ottawa. How can our community — ordinary citizens, settlement agencies, housing providers, reception centres and local organizations and institutions — work together to ensure that each finds a home here? Join Louisa Taylor, Director of Refugee613, for an action-oriented discussion on this local and global effort.


2:00 – 2:50

The PROMPT Study: ”Participatory Research in Ottawa, Management and Point-of-care of Tobacco” (Smita Pakhale, Associate Scientist – Ottawa Hospital Research Institute; with Peer Researchers and Participants)

  • Hear about how the Ottawa Hospital is successfully employing a peer-led Community-Based Participatory Research project embedded in the social-network-based approach to engage the inner city population of Ottawa in tobacco dependence management with a holistic approach.

Day Programs in Ottawa’s Ten-Year Plan (Shea Kiely, Chair, Day Programs Coalition of Ottawa, and Jennifer Crawford, Executive Director, Centre 454)

  • “Housing alone is sometimes not enough. Ensuring people get the support they need is key to securing and retaining housing for many of our residents.” City of Ottawa, Ten Year Plan. Please join us for a discussion about how the day programs in Ottawa play an essential role in providing various levels of support and ensuring that this plan is successful.

A Way Home Ottawa: Building a community of support to prevent and end youth homelessness in Ottawa (Kaite Burkholder Harris, Project Coordinator; and Edgar Mbaraga, Youth Facilitator)

  • With support from the United Way Ottawa, local stakeholders and young people are coming together to develop a framework to prevent, reduce and end youth homelessness in Ottawa – with a focus on transitional-aged youth (16-25). Grounded within a housing first approach, the plan requires a coordinated, community-wide approach that is responsive to young people. Hear the latest on how the plan is coming together.

Inspirations for catalyzing affordable housing development: Learning from other communities to broaden the base of support for affordable housing in Ottawa  (Steve Pomeroy, Focus Consulting, and Gina Grosenick, Broadening the Base)

  • Broadening the Base is an Ottawa initiative focused on identifying and creating innovations in five areas to enhance availability of affordable housing over the coming five years. Hear about affordable housing innovations in other cities and communities and ways that we can connect the dots to make change happen in Ottawa.