Neighbourhood Houses in Metro
Vancouver
Community Forum 2013
Introduction
• First systematic study of NHs in Canada
• Four years, collaborative, funded by SSHRC
• Research questions:
– “How do neighbourhood houses, as place-based,
multi-service, community-governed, non-profit
organizations, affect social equity, collective
efficacy, and inclusion, based on the cases of Metro
Vancouver?”
What have we Completed so far?
• Community Resource Mapping Workshop
– Participating NH, N=15, >75 people
• Network source Mapping Interviews
– Participating NH, N=13, >55 people
• Clearing House Survey
– Participating NH, N=15
• Skills Learning Workshop
– Two workshops on mapping
Preliminary Findings
Community Resource Mapping
• Emerging Clusters of Ideas
– Defining boundary:
• Users vs. resources
• Fixed vs. flexible and permeable
– Accessibility (barriers; NHs’ role)
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Physical: cluster and uneven; outreach/extension
Economic: cost; cheap and free
Cultural: language and knowledge; multilingual, outreach
Institutional: fragmented and knowledge; connecting/referring,
use of external resources
– Challenges & lack of connection
• Competing interest
• Funding program policies – can and cannot do
• Meeting emerging needs
Community Resource Mapping 2
• Emerging Clusters of Ideas 2
– Defining mandates:
• Having specific mandates for vulnerable population in the community
particularly seniors
• Strategies: reactionary, proactive and consistent
– Multi-roles of NH as resource in the community
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Connector (including referring)
Meeting place
Service providers (particularly the first and the last resort)
Collaborators
Advocator for community change
Enabler (expertise sharing and training)
– Partnerships define and are defined by the NH’s role
• A response to Structural/Systemic Accessibility
• Strengthening relationships
• Resource and information exchange (volunteers, expertise)
Clearing House Survey 1
1. Average opening hours per week: 51.2 hour
• Evening hours” 12.5 (also in need)
2. Top five ethnic groups among service users
• Chinese (N=14), Southeast Asian & Latin American (N=9),
Caucasian (N=7), South Asian (N=6),
3. Funding sources:
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(Total funding in 2012-2013: $37,346,245)
Top: Provincial funding, >$15,000,000, 182 programs
Second: Fee, >10,000,000, 135 programs
Municipal funding: <3,000,000, 133 programs
Over half of the funding are in renewable <3 yr term
Clearing House Survey 2
4. Programs: 83% use of volunteers
– Children (158), Family (152), Seniors (137)
– Served 209,864 people in 2012-2013
Nature of Program Activities
250
236
Number of Programs
200
184
150
165
166
119
100
113
105
76
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49
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Direct Service
Information and
Referral
Recreational
Socioocultural
Community
Development
Advocacy
Collaborative
Services
Food Related
Others
Clearing House Survey 3
5. Volunteers:
– >3,672 registered, >15,000 hrs/nh/yr (8.2 FTE),
– 70% Female, 55% adults
– Language: Chinese (N=12), Spanish (N=11), Korean (N=7),
Vietnamese & Tagalog (N=6)
6. Board Members: Return rate = 81%, N=128
– Female 65%, 25-50 years old = 58%
– 24 languages (English N=15; French N=9; Spanish N=8; Chinese
N=5; Hindi N=4)
– 27% immigrant background
– 35% former or existing service users, most live or work within
the neighbourhood
– 54% <3 years
Clearing House Survey 4
7. Staff (Total Return N=745, 75.7%)
– 65% Female; Age: 25-60, 82%
– Language: N=53, (English & Chinese N=15, French N=14, Hindi &
Spanish N=11)
– 50% Immigrant background
– Service users: 60%, Current/former Residents: 54%
– 85% college diploma or above
• Early childhood education (22.8%), Social service related (21.5%), Children
and youth service (16.5%), Social work (5.2%)
– Employment status: 48% ≥35 hrs/wk, 15.8% managerial level
What are in progress?
• Archival Study (Dr. Eleanor Stebner)
• Government-NHs Relationship (Dr. Oliver Schmidtke)
• Conceptualizing BWIN
– Focus groups, N=3, individual interviews, N=10
• NH as Community Resources
– Focus groups, N=18, (Community Partners and
Service Users)
• Service User Survey
• Oral History
Six-Month Timeline
Dec
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Archival Study
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Dr. Stebner
Mainly reviewing archives
G-NH Relation
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Dr. Schmidtke
Ind interviews
BWIN
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Gojjam Limenihe
FGs, interviews
NH as Com Res
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Jenny Francis
18 FGs (CP and SU)
Service User Survey
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Dr. Lauer & Maya Reisz
N=600
This will the MOST BUSIEST period of data collection.
WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!!!
For More Information of the Findings and the
Project,
Please Visit Our Website: www.nhvproject.ca
Or
Contact
Dr. Miu Chung Yan at [email protected]
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