Recent Publications
Below are some of the recent community publications offered through the Human Development Council. Click on the links below to learn more.

**NEW** 2016 Progress Report on Homelessness


2016 New Brunswick Child Poverty Report Card

The Human Development Council, in partnership with Campaign 2000, releases our 2016 New Brunswick Child Poverty Report Card. With the fourth highest child poverty rate of Canada's ten provinces, New Brunswick has much work ahead. Despite our challenges, this report is written with a distinct sense of hope, particularly in light of the new, enhanced Canadian Child Benefit, implemented by the federal government on July 1, 2016. This alone is expected to raise hundreds of thousands of children out of poverty. Considering the discussions on poverty reduction being had by all levels of government, there is a feeling of optimism about our ability to capitalize on the momentum that exists. Click Here to read the report card.

2016 National Housing Day Homelessness Snapshot

Currently, Canada is the only G8 country without a National Housing Strategy – but that is soon to change! For the first time since National Housing Day was founded 16 years ago, the Government of Canada has taken steps toward the creation of a National Housing Strategy! Consultations were held with Canadians throughout the summer and fall on what should form the basis of this strategy. Today the government will share the results of these consultations.
To provide some context, we’ve put together some recent findings on homelessness in Saint John. While not comprehensive, the findings point to the ongoing struggles that we face locally, and the need for a National Housing strategy that prioritizes ending homelessness once and for all.Please click here to view a snapshot of homelessness in 2016. Click here to see a snapshot of homelessness in Saint John .

 Strategic Framework for a Plan to End Youth Homelessness in Saint John

The Human Development Council in partnership with A Way Home Canada has been developing a plan to end youth homelessness in Saint John. Here is the strategic framework portion of the report that identifies 3 goals the community can take action on in order to reduce and end youth homelessness as we know it in Saint John. Please click here to read the strategic framework.

Ward Profiles

The Saint John HDC has released profiles of Saint John’s four wards, which powerfully illustrate unequal poverty rates, housing conditions, and voter turnout within the Saint John city limits. For detailed information on each ward, Download a copy in PDF.

2015 Homelessness Report Card

In years past, the HDC’s Homelessness Report Card has focused on shelter use. For the first time, this year’s document takes a more in-depth look at what is needed to end, rather than simply manage, homelessness in this region. In particular, the Report Card examines the housing situation in Saint John—especially how a lack of affordable housing has directly contributed to homelessness. To read the full report card, click here:

Payday Loans

As many New Brunswickers struggle to make ends meet, there’s one industry that’s cashing in as a result: payday lending. Payday lenders offer short-term, high-interest loans to borrowers in need of quick cash. They tend to cluster their storefronts in low-income neighborhoods. The HDC responded to the New Brunswick Financial and Consumer Services Commission's request for comments on the regulation of the payday industry in the province and has focused on two areas: the high cost of borrowing and the debt cycle created by repeat and concurrent borrowing. To read the full report, click here:

To view maps illustrating where payday lenders cluster their locations in Saint John, Moncton, and Fredericton, click here

Community Information

Surviving the Streets – Where to go when you need help. Updated for 2016. This guide was developed for at-risk youth, aged 13-25 in the St. John and Kings County areas of New Brunswick. It lists essential services, with phone numbers, that assist youth who are living in poverty, at risk of dropping out of school, may practice harmful behaviours, or are otherwise marginalized. Download a copy in PDF.