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Ending Homelessness Annual Report Released
Posted Date: 7/11/2017

The City’s Community Social Development department, in partnership with the Community Advisory Board on Housing and Homelessness (CABH) has released the 2017 Report on Ending Homelessness.

This report marks the completion of the second year of Grande Prairie’s Five Year Plan to End Homelessness, as part of the Government of Alberta’s Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness. Using a Housing First program approach, the plan aims to support 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,” says Katherine Schmidt, Homeless Initiatives Supervisor.

Highlights of the report include:

  • 147 individuals moved into housing
  • 92% 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 CABH
  • First annual Healing Hearts Memorial recognizing individuals that have been lost due to homelessness
  • Completion of the fifth annual Point in Time Count

2017/2018 Priorities

Upcoming priorities 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.

View more on the Five Year Plan to End Homelessness here.