What is this research about?
Waitlists for housing and social services are cited as a barrier to transitioning away from homelessness for young people. However, it is difficult to know the extent of this issue because wait times are not tracked or reported consistently. Tracking wait times has significant policy, advocacy, research, and service implications. This includes the ability to identify sectors requiring systemic change and recognize patterns of systemic inequity.
Understanding the barriers to tracking and reporting wait times for housing services is important. In addition, we must develop strategies to make such information more available to local communities. This research aims to not only shed light on the extent of this issue, but also undertake a policy review towards understanding how we can better monitor and report housing and service wait times at a local level.
What did the researchers do?
The researchers conducted over 40 interviews with stakeholders, including local administrators in charge of housing and by-name lists, provincial administrators, wait time researchers, and data experts.
What did the researchers find?