About the Networks

Collaboration can take many forms and develop through a variety of processes, ranging from two individuals working together on a research project, to several organizations working together on a common cause, to an official partnership between government, service providers and individuals. Canada is blessed with a wide range of examples of collaborations directed towards the goal of enhancing the impact of research on homelessness. Our objective is not to replace such institutions and activities, nor to usurp their efforts, as this would be profoundly counterproductive. Rather, we wish to enhance the efforts of individuals, institutions and networks engaged in such work through increasing institutional support for collaboration, and through providing opportunities to create new linkages and activities. In order to achieve this objective, we will support the development of, and interchange between:

1a) Regional research networks. Research networks organized regionally have the advantage of addressing homelessness issues that are best understood locally, and the possibilities for engagement (through meetings, workshops and other mechanisms of knowledge exchange) are enhanced when people live in close proximity.

1b) Topical research networks (focused on specific research subject areas). Cross-sectoral research networks need not only be organized regionally, and indeed in many cases are more effective when focused topically. Through our co-investigators and collaborators, for instance, we have identified four emergent topical areas to develop and/or enhance linkages. The key topical areas we will focus on initially include: a) income generation and employment, b) justice issues, c) Aboriginal homelessness, and d) women and homelessness.

1c) Pan-Canadian linkages. The CHRN will also strive to enhance pan-Canadian linkages, an objective clearly identified through our previous consultations. We will work to collaborate with existing national and regional networks, alliances and organizations with a mandate to address the homelessness crisis in Canada.