James Kennedy

As cliché as it may sound, SJPS changed my life... when I took the first year SJPS introductory class, it was a complete eye-opener.

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James Kennedy

BA Hons '12 Social Justice & Peace Studies and Criminology

Current Career

Organization: Options Bytown

Title: Housing First Practitioner


Career Overview

The Housing First Program is designed to provide case management and housing assistance to individuals who are homeless. We work one-on-one with individuals facing chronic and episodic homelessness to establish client-centred goals and individualized housing plans. Clients generally face concurrent addictions and mental health concerns. The housing first practitioner conducts assessments, develop individualized support plans, support the individual in finding permanent housing, develop good working relationships with landlords, link individuals with community resources, conduct visits and teach life skills in the home, and provide case management services in conjunction with community partners.

Further Degrees / Certifications

Masters in Geography, Urban Studies
Western University, London ON - 2015

Graduate Thesis titled “Evolution Towards ‘Housing First’: A Qualitative Analysis of Service Provider and Participant Perspectives.”