City Council voted to receive a new Community Housing and Homelessness Integrated Plan (CHHIP) at tonight’s City Council meeting, further directing City of Red Deer administration to bring back a recommendation for a new integrated governance model in the second quarter of 2020.
The report came following a February 4, 2019 City Council meeting in which council carried a motion for an ad-hoc committee to coordinate the development of this plan for Red Deer.
“Red Deer’s previous homelessness plan ended in 2018,” said Tricia Hercina, Social Planning Manager. “This new integrated plan will ensure that there is continued community-wide action and progression towards housing and homelessness targets in Red Deer.”
Driven by a Council Ad Hoc Committee, the overall goal of the Community Housing & Homelessness Integrated Plan (CHHIP) was to develop a strategic and innovative housing plan in support of the community's housing goals and to advance City Council’s strategic goal of a socially responsible city.
The project also included significant community engagement with citizens and stakeholders from across the community. Through two open houses, an online survey and a series of 20 Design Labs that fostered open dialogue, thousands of Red Deerians provided their ideas, opinions and views on various topics related to housing and homelessness.
"The engagement phase was critical in ensuring we developed the right plan for Red Deer," said ad-hoc committee chair Christine Stewart. "The community’s feedback, data from the last decade, best practices, and expertise have come together in the CHHIP to build a plan that identifies Red Deer priorities to ensure housing and homelessness are addressed now and in the future."
For more information, contact:
Social Planning Manager
City of Red Deer
Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer