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Housing report highlights

The Community Task Force to End Homelessness report recommends an approach to end homelessness that incorporates housing first and harm reduction strategies and is based on four key elements: prevention, person-centred care, the housing supply and data. Thirty-three specific strategies were identified to be implemented over the next four years.

Here are some of the actions identified for the first year:

  • Engage with hospitals, child welfare and correctional facilities to document current policy and practice with respect to discharge/release planning and to identify housing-related barriers to successful transition.
  • Engage collaboratively with governmental agencies/departments/authorities to assist with the identification of policy or practices that may inadvertently contribute to homelessness.
  • Design an eviction prevention service/intervention (rent bank, access to entitlements and personal identification, conflict resolution).
  • Design a housing registry accessible to homeless people and people at risk of homelessness as well as the agencies providing housing-related services to them.
  • Design a person-centred and culturally proficient "system of care" for homeless people (central intake, standardized assessment, cultural proficiency and eng homeless programs, including Housing First and enhanced EIA benefits and/or housing subsidies) with the capacity to achieve 2017/2018 system performance targets.
  • Establish a formal network of community agencies providing services to homeless people to improve coordination and build a "community of practice" in support of the plan to end homelessness.
  • Conduct a one-time inventory of all housing, including rooming houses and single room occupancies accessible to people who have been homeless.
  • Create a plan to increase housing with supports for homeless people by 300 units by 2015/2016.
  • Conduct a "point in time" census of homeless people in Winnipeg in collaboration with other stakeholders.
  • Estimate the number of "unique" individuals who used emergency shelters in 2013/2014 and negotiate data-sharing agreements with service providers to allow for the sharing of data for the purposes of planning and system performance accountability.

For years two to four, here are further actions identified:

  • In collaboration with discharging/releasing institutions, create formal person-centred referrals pathways to prevention services and the homeless system of care.
  • Collaboratively describe roles and responsibilities for governmental agencies/departments/authorities in supporting the prevention of homelessness.
  • Create a one-stop access centre incorporating the housing registry and eviction prevention services and add individualized system navigation support (serving homeless, at risk of homeless and landlords).
  • Implement a culturally proficient homeless system of care, including Housing First as one of a range of program options.
  • Create formal pathways to the homeless systems of care from emergency shelters.
  • Increase the supply of housing with supports for homeless people by 300 units.
  • Based on the findings of the housing inventory and census, project additional housing capacity needed to end homelessness in Winnipeg by 2024/25.
  • In the absence of adequate housing, develop a plan to make rooming houses and single room occupancies an acceptable alternative to housing for some homeless people.
  • Consider creative approaches to housing development and create plan to increase housing inventory by the amount required to end homelessness in 2024/25

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