System Framework for Housing and Supports

Message from Mayor Tara Veer:

We understand some community members have questions about the recent decisions made regarding the allocation of Provincial funding for community agencies towards ending homelessness in our community by 2018. City of Red Deer Council and administration deeply value our community relationships and the commitment our community demonstrates towards working with individuals experiencing homelessness. This page includes more information on the Community Housing Advisory Board’s process and the final recommendations approved by Council on March 29, 2016. 


The Community Housing Advisory Board (CHAB) recommended to City Council a list of proponents to receive provincial Outreach Support Services Initiative (OSSI) funding for July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2019. A number of community agencies responded to the Request for Proposals in early 2016 based on the new priorities to help end homelessness by 2018. City Council approved the successful proponents on March 29, 2016. Successful proponents of OSSI funding 2016 to 2019 (pdf)

The City of Red Deer distributes these funds to the community through CHAB. The board develops, delivers and determines the recommendation to be made to Council on funding related to housing in Red Deer. CHAB is made up of 10 members appointed by City Council including two City Councillors, six citizen representatives, and two representatives from the Aboriginal community recommended by the Urban Aboriginal Voices Society (UAVS) and non-voting representatives from the provincial and federal governments.

In 2015, CHAB completed a comprehensive review of the current homelessness support services system in Red Deer. Agencies were consulted in the creation of the new system and given opportunities for learning and input. This review process included significant analysis of local data, best practice research, and six different community consultations, including a specific one for the Aboriginal community.

The result of this work is the System Framework for Housing and Supports (pdf) which was published in early January 2016, creating a new direction for ending homelessness in Red Deer for both Aboriginals and non-Aboriginals.

OSSI funding for July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2019

On March 29, Council approved a recommendation for these community agencies  to meet the goals of the new system framework for housing and supports. They were chosen based on a clear set of criteria in a fair and objective process through a consensus model. We believe the improved system will ultimately better support and house people experiencing homelessness, including Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal persons.  The new framework focuses on program outcomes that deliver programming and under this framework we will work towards reaching our goal of ending homelessness by the end of 2018, as per the Five Year Plan to End Homelessness. 

For further information, please contact:

Sarah Cockerill
Director, Community Services