Community Housing & Homelessness Integrated Plan

Design Labs are your opportunity to collaborate with others on a variety of topics. These labs offer a place for creative, cross-disciplinary innovation. The labs will be solution-focused to provide ideas and recommendations for the next Community Housing and Homelessness Integrated Plan.

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Design Labs

Housing First

Wednesday, July 17 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Housing First (moving people into housing quickly, without any sobriety requirements) is a proven best practice to address chronic and episodic homelessness. This session will explore ways to enhance such programs in Red Deer leveraging market and non-market housing across communities.

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Youth Homelessness Prevention & Sustained Exits Family & Natural Support

Wednesday, July 17 from 6 - 8 p.m.

Exploring the most current thinking on policy, planning and practice to prevent and sustain exits from youth homelessness to identify priorities, strategies and approaches appropriate for Red Deer. Topics explored may include Family and Natural Supports Work; School-Based Early Interventions; Housing First for Youth; Youth Supportive Housing.

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Linking Poverty Reduction & Homelessness Initiatives 

Thursday, July 18 from 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

This session will explore the ways to enhance the coordination of poverty and homelessness initiatives in practice.

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Community Safety and Homelessness

Thursday, July 18 from 6 – 8 p.m.

Reviewing the legal and justice opportunities and challenges surrounding housing and homelessness in Red Deer to ensure an integrated approach to Community Safety within the Plan.

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Affordable Housing Development

Friday, July 19 from 7:30 – 9:15 a.m.

The Plan will have a considerable capital ask; we will need to find ways to bring stock online that is truly affordable for those on very low incomes. Explore options such as social impact bonds, housing trusts, and incentives to support development.

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Engaging the Faith Community

Friday, July 19 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Red Deer’s faith communities have made considerable investments in addressing social issues; we will explore areas where this role can be enhanced in advancing the Plan.

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Integrating Intimate Partner Violence Responses & the Plan to End Homelessness

Monday, July 22 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Red Deer’s plan will need to ensure an integrated approach to intimate partner violence and homelessness initiatives. This session will delve into this intersection and propose solutions.

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Innovation and Technology Based Solutions

Tuesday, July 23 from 1 – 3 p.m. 

Exploring the potential contributions of the tech sector to Plan implementation actions or integrated information.

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Coordinated Access & Assessment

Wednesday, July 24 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Scoping diverse approaches to coordinated access and assessment to better match people to existing services.

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Developing Mental Health & Addictions Supports for People Experiencing Homelessness

Wednesday, July 24 from 1 – 3 p.m. 

Harm reduction approaches to service delivery emerged during consultations and lived experience input; we will explore how current approaches can be enhanced to best support the Plan.

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Landlords roles in Plan Implementation 

Thursday, July 25 from 7:30 – 9:15 a.m. 

What roles can landlords play in the Plan and opportunities for early wins we can move on.

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Early Identification & Prevention Strategies

Thursday, July 25 from 1 – 3 p.m.

Stopping the flow into homelessness through diversion, targeting prevention and early identification approaches is essential to the Plan’s success. We will explore best practices and consider local adaptation in this session.

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Research Agenda to Support the Plan

Friday, July 26 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Embedding research and evidence-based practices in Plan rollout will enhance impact and continuous improvement. This session will explore the role of researchers and identify key research priorities to support implementation

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Ending Homelessness & Reconciliation

Date and time - TBA

Looking at homelessness through the lens of Reconciliation and building an approach in Red Deer that advances the Calls to Action.