Knowledge Building & Sharing

Research and Knowledge-Building Initiatives

How can you address a societal crisis like homelessness when you don’t know all the facts? Before we can allot critical resources using a consistent and evidence-based methodology, as well as develop new programs, we must first understand the depth and breadth of the problem.

Knowledge is key to helping homeless people gain greater stability and autonomy. As the largest resource for homeless people in Quebec, the Old Brewery Mission is well-suited to lead the discussion on the problem of homelessness and to generate awareness and insights.

Currently, the Old Brewery Mission is involved in different research and knowledge-building initiatives.

Old Brewery Mission – McGill University Collaboration

Our ongoing collaborative partnership with McGill University generates data and information that continuously informs how we do things and ensures funds are efficiently invested.

Early results of a study conducted by the Mission – McGill research department revealed:

80% of temporary users look for a shelter for a few nights only

15% use emergency services occasionally

5% are chronic users, staying for long periods or returning

50% of our resources are used by chronic users

To learn more, visit the McGill Centre for Research on Children and Families.

Conferences & Events Participation

The Mission actively participates in a variety of local and national conferences on homelessness. Our experts share insights from years of front-line work with the homeless.

Symposiums & Town-Hall Discussions

In 2014, the Old Brewery Mission organized a symposium on housing alternatives. We invited stakeholders in the field of homelessness, as well as professionals in the health and social services network, to discover new housing solutions in the quest to end homelessness.

Having accurate, current statistics and other factual data at our disposal will enable the Mission, government and community organizations to better treat not only the symptoms of homelessness, but also the root causes. It will allow all organizations concerned about the welfare of people experiencing homelessness to plan and tailor policies, interventions and real solutions.

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