Kelowna Homelessness Research Collaborative
Recognizing the need to address the homelessness crisis, the Journey Home Task Force (JHTF) was appointed by Kelowna City Council to lead the development of the long-term Journey Home Strategy to ensure people experiencing homelessness in Kelowna have a clear path to the support they need, when they need it. The JHTF held numerous workshops and meetings with Kelowna citizens, homelessness service users and providers. An outcome of these community-driven consultations was the need to embed research in the Journey Home Strategy implementation to explore intersecting facets of homelessness and offer evidence-based approaches to mitigate and eradicate it.
The Kelowna Homelessness Research Collaborative (KHRC) was established in pursuit of this goal. A team of interdisciplinary researchers with scholars and graduate students in Anthropology, Data Science, Economics, Engineering, Geography, Management & Business, Medicine, Neuroscience, Nursing, Social Work, and Sociology, along with our community partners, have come together to pursue innovations including, but not limited to, technology, organizational change amongst service providers, and the community impact of stigma.
We invite you to join us in our pursuit, review the resources, and consider participating in events, workshops, and research opportunities. If you have questions, would like to share ideas, or are interested in partnering with or joining our team, please contact us at the email below – we look forwarding to connecting with you!
We acknowledge that the land on which we conduct our work is the unceded territory of the Syilx (Okanagan) Peoples.