Publications

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Publications

Policy Brief on NOS and Right to Housing

2021 | 
Housing | 
Report

This brief seeks to demonstrate changes that can be made to the National Occupancy Standards (NOS), and the operational policies surrounding it, to align with the federal legislation on the right to housing in order to enable families to secure stable, affordable and safe housing.

2021 24 Hour Women’s Transition House and Support Programs Census Report

2022 | 
24 Hour Census, BCSTH, Women | 
Census, Report

A One-Day Snapshot of the Transition Housing and Support Programs in BC

2021 24 Hour PEACE Program Census Report

2022 | 
24 Hour Census, BCSTH, Children, PEACE | 
Census, Report

A one day snapshot of the Prevention, Education, Advocacy, Counselling and Empowerment (PEACE) Programs for Children and Youth in BC.

Sheltering Pets and People

2022 | 
Pets | 
Toolkit

This toolkit, which was adapted from the C.A.R.E. Handbook, offers an overview of the connections between violence against women and animals, as well as a broad range of practical tools and strategies for supporting pets in Transition House, Second Stage and Safe Home programs, including sample policies and forms.

Women Centered Long Term Housing Design Presentation

2021 | 

As part of the Getting Home Project, design-based research was conducted to understand this policy issue from a practical approach. The research conducted highlighted solutions that focus on the spatial needs of families rather than the fixed number of bedrooms required under the NOS and conventional models of housing units. In particular, it was determined that flexible and adaptable space and housing design would lead to suitable housing models. Flexible and adaptable design will have the potential to address the issue of overcrowding as well as the privacy needs of occupants within smaller housing units while also addressing the lack of affordable three-bedroom housing units in BC.

Finding Rooms for Families NOS Study Infographic

Housing | 
Infographic

This infographic, created by Alina McKay (UBC), reveals the research findings from the Finding Rooms for Families Study. In 2021, the BC Society of Transition Houses (BCSTH) and researchers from the University of British Columbia (UBC) partnered on a research project to learn more about the impacts of National Occupancy Standards on women who had experienced gender-based violence and their families.

Of the eleven women interviewed, two were living in transition or second-stage housing, three were living in subsidized housing, and six lived in market rental housing. Of the six families living in market housing all of them sent 50% or more of their income on their rent. Six of the eleven families were under-housed according to National Occupancy Standards (i.e. needed more bedrooms based on the size and composition of their family). Eight of the eleven women (73%) identified as a visible minority.

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