Over 350 delegates from across the country came together in Red Deer this week as The City hosted the 7 Cities conference on housing first and homelessness.
“We are working together to help vulnerable populations within our province,” said Tricia Hercina, Acting Social Planning Manager. “The 7 Cities Conference is about collaborating and focusing our efforts to find innovative housing solutions to meet the individual needs of those experiencing homelessness.”
This was the eleventh year for the conference. Participants in Red Deer were inspired by over 60 presenters, panel members, and renowned keynote speakers. Attendees discussed the importance of communication and collaboration at all levels of service. They shared best practices and considered ways of respecting traditions and listening to the voices of those impacted during the solution-finding process. The conference was also an opportunity to celebrate the many successes in efforts to end homelessness in Alberta.
The City of Red Deer administers funding from the federal and provincial governments to several local agencies and partners to provide affordable housing and support services for those experiencing homelessness. Since 2001, The City has joined six other communities from across Alberta to form 7 Cities. This collaboration focuses on coordinating local plans at a systems level and aligning funding resources to have a more significant impact and hasten progress towards ending homelessness in Alberta.
The 7 Cities are: City of Red Deer, Calgary Homeless Foundation, City of Grande Prairie, City of Lethbridge, Homeward Trust Edmonton, Medicine Hat Community Housing Society, and Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.
“We continue our collective work toward ending homelessness,” said Mayor Tara Veer. “We acknowledge it’s a formidable goal but we are committed to ensuring Red Deer is a place where safe, accessible and affordable housing is available for those in need, along with the appropriate services and supports that fit the needs of the people and community we serve.”
For more information on The City of Red Deer’s work to end homelessness visit, www.reddeer.ca/homelessness.
For more information on conference visit www.7cities.ca/7-cities-conference.
For more information, please contact:
Acting Social Planning Manager
The City of Red Deer
Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer