The 2017 Report on Ending Homelessness has been released.
This report marked the completion of the second year of Grande Prairie’s Five Year Plan to End Homelessness.
The City Community Social Development department, in partnership with the Community Advisory Board on Housing and Homelessness has been using a Housing First approach that supports those at risk of, or currently experiencing homelessness.
“Ultimately, we know that ending homelessness is a challenging task, but our aim is to have people connected to housing supports within three weeks of experiencing homelessness,” said Katherine Schmidt, the Homeless Initiatives Supervisor.
Highlights of this year’s report includes:
- 147 individuals moved into housing
- 92 per cent of participants maintained consistent housing
- 42 participants maintained housing for at least six months
- Five Designated Units (DUs) specific to the Housing First program opened
- 12 Permanent Supported Housing (PSH) suites opened
- Establishment of Grande Prairie’s first Youth Transition House
- Formation of the Lived Experience Committee, a subcommittee of the Community Advisory Board on Housing and Homelessness
- First annual Healing Hearts Memorial recognizing individuals that have been lost due to homelessness
- Completion of the fifth annual Point in Time Count
The department already has their 2017/2018 priorities lined out, which include a further increase in infrastructure, development of new community partnerships specifically with Indigenous and immigrant groups, strengthening community resources and spreading awareness of the Housing First and Housing Initiatives programs.