The Economics of Homelessness

In this comprehensive and compelling presentation to the Timmins Chamber of Commerce, Cochrane District Social Services Administration Board CAO Brian Marks outlines a powerful argument for a “Housing First” strategy to solving homelessness.  


Homelessness is universal.

Challenges in downtown areas,

are universal.

Thought-provoking stories for


Thought Leaders

Albuquerque, New Mexico

When Richard J. Berry, the mayor of Albuquerque, New Mexico saw a man on a street corner holding a cardboard sign that read “Want a job,” he decided to take him (and others in his situation) up on it. He and his staff started a citywide initiative to help the homeless by giving them day jobs and a place to sleep — and the results were incredible. Find out how any city can replicate Albuquerque’s model with this frank and optimistic talk.

Finland’s aggressive approach to solving homelessness.


Web Resources

Websites for Thought Leaders

Canada’s leading online resource on homelessness

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A Mental Health-focused resource for those in need

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Leading a national change effort on homelessness

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Video Resources

Videos for Thought Leaders

Conversations Matter

How to approach and talk with someone who is homeless. Portland, Oregon.

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Warm Socks - Who Knew?

Socks and a simple, “Hello, how are you?” can make a world of difference.

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New Face of Addiction

In this heartbreaking CBC Television report, a young addict shares her story.

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Who Knew??

Actor-Comedian Robin Williams
Would only work on a film if the producers agreed to hire a number of homeless people.


Federal legislation that governs how police forces must respond to criminal activity and how it impacts the “catch and release” phenomenon.

Community Safety and Well Being Plan

 “To achieve the ideal state of a sustainable community where everyone is safe, has a sense of belonging, opportunities to participate, access to services and where individuals can meet their needs for education, health care, food, housing, income and social and cultural expression”


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