Projects, Publications and Resources

Explore the various current and past projects, publications and resources that WoodGreen has developed within the categories of services that we provide.

New Housing Models for Youth Transitioning Out of Care Design Brief

WoodGreen, CMHC, PARTISANS and Process have partnered to develop a deeper understanding of the complex needs of youth transitioning out of the foster care system to put forth new solutions to support youth to thrive. Adopting a mixture of qualitative and quantitative research to explore potential solutions in social programming, architecture, and design, the information gathered will be documented and disseminated via a digital Design Brief and an eventual, culminating Roadmap Report.

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Final Report: "Voices from the Child Welfare System"

This report provides a synthesis of key literature findings, as well as specific feedback from the project’s stakeholder engagement activities. The report also provides key recommendations to inform policy and service delivery aimed at improving outcomes for youth leaving care.

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Homeward Bound Program Five Year Retrospective Evaluation: Key Findings and Recommendations (2018)

The Homeward Bound Program’s Five Year Retrospective Evaluation Report is the result of extensive collaboration among individuals and organizations that have contributed in numerous ways to support this evaluation and the Homeward Bound program. This report is the first of two that examine the extent to which the Homeward Bound program reduces poverty for single mothers in Ontario. The findings of this project are contributing to a body of evidence that highlights programming that is improving the socioeconomic outcomes for Ontarians living in poverty.

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Neighbourhood Retail in East End Toronto: A Look back to look forward (2018)

In wrapping up the Renewing Commercial Districts project, funded by Metcalf Foundation, WoodGreen convened a group of researchers, urban planners, and community development staff to look at another area of the Danforth East. They mapped the historical shifts that have occurred in and around the neighbourhood, looked to other jurisdictions for models to support small businesses, and suggested further possible policy and program adaptions.

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Extending Our Reach: Integrating Innovative Technology into WoodGreen’s Financial Empowerment Program.

Extending Our Reach summarizes the findings of a feasibility study that investigated how WoodGreen’s Financial Empowerment (FE) program can effectively use technology to reach community members who are immobile, isolated or otherwise facing barriers. Extending the reach of our Financial Empowerment program provides much-needed services in our community. WoodGreen will coordinate our FE services with other supports in the community to improve the financial stability of lower-income Ontarians. This Feasibility Study was generously supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

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Community Use of Schools: Guide to Foster and Support Best Practices (October 2015)

Commissioned by the Ontario Association of School Board Officials, Community Use of Schools Committee, WoodGreen interviewed staff and community members across the province’s 72 school boards to identify ways community and schools can partner. The project builds on WoodGreen’s commitments to innovative approaches, wraparound service, a commitment to a place where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.

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CAFE School House Symposium

On May 1, 2014, through Community Assets For Everyone advocacy campaign and a grant from the Heart & Stroke Foundation, WoodGreen supported one hundred key decision-makers from around the province to a symposium to look at how school hubs might roll out as a system priority. Participants demonstrated a high degree of good will and consensus that this idea should be more than the work of local heroes.

At the symposium, we agreed that to move forward, we need:

Key Recommendations

  • A citizen-focused vision of service delivery
  • Provincial leadership and collaboration from the various government partners
  • A cohesive legislative framework and mandate to foster co-location and coordination
  • Appropriate structures, policies, incentives and resources to sustain the approach and people who will make this work
  • Flexibility to support and enable community driven solutions
  • Start with co-location and build towards integration

Much that is exciting and promising has happened since then, including:

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Evaluating Community Hubs as Social Networking Sites for Recent Immigrants

Community hubs are getting a lot of attention across the province of Ontario now. In this paper, one of WoodGreen’s research interns explored how social networks are strengthened through the community hub model of service delivery.

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Ice Storm 2013

A report on community connections and how older adults fared in East York.

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Shadow Economies: Economic Survival Strategies of Toronto Immigrant Communities

Produced through the former Toronto East Local Immigration Partnership, this report examines the household economics of three immigrant communities. The findings show persistent labour market exclusion, sub-standard employment practices and widespread participation in the informal economy as a means of coping with high levels of poverty in the city’s east-end neighbourhoods.

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Debt Management Guide: A Resource for Social Services Professionals

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Balancing the Budget but Who’s Left to Budget the Balance:

A Visual Representation of Professional Networks within Toronto East Local Immigration Partnership.

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Bed Bugs Are Back: Are We Ready?

Bed Bugs Are Back: Are we ready? is a research report that brings together our local Toronto experience and current worldwide knowledge and understanding of bed bugs. The ultimate goal of Bed Bugs Are Back: Are We Ready? is to inform and shape public policy, government responses, and community strategies aimed at implementing effective bed bug interventions that prevent uncontrolled outbreaks.

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All About Bed Bugs

This information guide has been written for tenants, landlords, community groups, and anyone looking for simple and straightforward information about bedbugs.

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The Bed Bug Resource Manual

A guide to Preventing, treating and Coping with bed bugs.

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