Community agencies will work together with The City, the Province, and one another in a more coordinated and efficient housing system to reach Red Deer’s goal of ending homelessness in 2018.
In consultation with the community, The City of Red Deer has created the System Framework for Housing and Supports (pdf) . This report outlines an improved system to better coordinate local services and serve individuals experiencing homelessness. On behalf of the Community Housing Advisory Board (CHAB), The City will issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) based on the new framework January 12. Organizations are invited to submit proposals for housing and support services through the provincial Outreach Support Service Initiative (OSSI) funding.
“It’s important we look for new, improved ways to coordinate services in the housing system and serve clients better,” said City of Red Deer Social Planning Manager Scott Cameron. “After an extensive review of our system and a study of best practices elsewhere, our research tells us this is the direction we need to move in if we want to end homelessness.”
The review stemmed from goals of Red Deer's Five Year Plan Towards Ending Homelessness 2014 to 2018 (pdf) , outlining the need to establish an effective and efficient coordinated system of care that prevents, mitigates and appropriately houses homeless individuals and provides them with support services.
The review of the current housing and supports system included a look at current programs and gaps, housing infrastructure, funding mandates, data analysis, as well as consultation with agencies and clients.
The new system will include a single entry point for housing programs and an emphasis on matching the right person with the right program.
“Our data tells us that if we shift to more proactive outreach focusing on those who have been homeless longest, about 160 people, we can end homelessness,” said Cameron.
The City’s working definition of homelessness means the system can house an individual who has presented to the system within 28 days.
The City receives $3.44 million per year from the Province which is allocated to service providers in the community.
Community agencies are welcome to learn more at an information session on Monday, January 11 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in room 3 at the G.H. Dawe Community Centre.
For more information, please contact:
Social Planning Manager
The City of Red Deer
Roxana Nielsen Stewart
Community Development Supervisor
The City of Red Deer