Canavan Associates strives to inform our clients of best practices in the field. Below is a sampling of our recent publications and presentations.


Disaster Preparedness to Promote Community Resilience: Toolkit and Appendices

VA, HHS, HUD, Canavan Associates (2017)

This toolkit offers resources and guidance to help emergency and public health officials, homeless service providers, and health care providers connect and plan for the disaster needs of people experiencing homelessness in their communities.

Send Red Not Blue

Canavan Associates and Cloudburst Consulting Group (2016)

Report and recommendations on working with homeless families and individuals in disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.

Equal Access for Transgender People

Canavan Associates (2016)

Report, recommendations, and materials in compliance with the 2012 Equal Access and 2016 Gender Identity Rules for supporting LGBT inclusive housing and shelters.

Integrating Homeless Service Providers and Clients in Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery

Canavan Associates, Sabrina Edgington (NHCH), Sondra Fogel and Robin Ersing (University of South Florida) (2014)

Issue brief outlining preparedness efforts and recommendations for improving disaster assistance for people experiencing homelessness.


HMIS Toolkit

Canavan Associates, Darlene Matthews (2014)

A description and guide to the implementation of a Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) in Calgary.

Directory of Disaster Response and Recovery Resources

David Canavan, Fran Ledger, Alisa West Cahill, Kelley Sigovich (2009)

Directory to provide resources and information to CoCs for disaster/emergency preparedness, response, and recovery.




Equal Access and Gender Identity Rules Training

David Canavan, Abby Miller (2016)

HUD webinar training intended to educate CoC providers, ESG recipients, and HOPWA grantees about the requirements of the Equal Access Rule and Gender Identity Rule.  


HUD: National Program with Housing Solutions

David Canavan (2016)

Presented at the 2016 20th Annual National Tuberculosis Controllers Association Conference, the presentation provides information regarding HUD’s homeless programs, coordinated entry, addressing TB with CoC/ESG funds, and using HMIS.

Disaster Response and Recovery
Alisa West Cahill, M.S.W., Canavan Associates (2009) 

Presented at the October 2009 NHSDC Conference, the presentation provides information and resources regarding disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. Special focus is given to the Directory of Disaster Response and Recovery, the national response sequence, and the disaster assistance sequence.

HMIS 101: Introduction to the World of HMIS
Fran Ledger, Canavan Associates (2010) 

Presented at the April 2010 NHSDC Conference, the presentation is intended for new CoC and HMIS staff and provides a primer on the key fundamentals of a functional HMIS.


Introduction to System Administration
Abram Hillson, David Canavan, Victoria Freeman (2005)

Presented at the 2005 National HMIS Conference, the presentation is intended for HMIS System Administrators and provides recommendations on implementation and rollout, negotiating with vendors, and other tips.

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