Network collaboration of organisations for homeless individuals in the Montreal region.

TitleNetwork collaboration of organisations for homeless individuals in the Montreal region.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsMJ Fleury, Grenier G., Lesage A, Ma N, Ngui ANgamini
JournalInt J Integr Care
Date Published2014 Jan

INTRODUCTION: We know little about the intensity and determinants of interorganisational collaboration within the homeless network. This study describes the characteristics and relationships (along with the variables predicting their degree of interorganisational collaboration) of 68 organisations of such a network in Montreal (Quebec, Canada).THEORY AND METHODS: Data were collected primarily through a self-administered questionnaire. Descriptive analyses were conducted followed by social network and multivariate analyses.RESULTS: The Montreal homeless network has a high density (50.5%) and a decentralised structure and maintains a mostly informal collaboration with the public and cross-sectorial sectors. The network density showed more frequent contacts among four types of organisations which could point to the existence of cliques. Four variables predicted interorganisational collaboration: organisation type, number of services offered, volume of referrals and satisfaction with the relationships with public organisations.CONCLUSIONS AND DISCUSSION: The Montreal homeless network seems adequate to address non-complex homelessness problems. Considering, however, that most homeless individuals present chronic and complex profiles, it appears necessary to have a more formal and better integrated network of homeless organisations, particularly in the health and social service sectors, in order to improve services.

Alternate JournalInt J Integr Care
PubMed ID24520216
PubMed Central IDPMC3920820