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Recognizing that homelessness is a complex issue that requires a multi-dimensional, community-based solution, the City of Grande Prairie aims to utilize the unique nature of Grande Prairie’s economy and community resources to end homelessness by 2019. Grande Prairie sits as part of the 7 Cities Network who are committed to supporting the Provincial Plan to End Homelessness.
Grande Prairie will celebrate success when we have a system of care that provides the following:
Ending Homelessness in Grande Prairie is unique in that we must anticipate and overcome a cyclical resource-based economy where periods of low vacancy and unemployment are punctuated with high vacancy and unemployment.
According to the Canadian Homeless Research Network, homelessness is defined as:
The types of living conditions that constitute homelessness are varied and can include:
As in the rest of Canada, there are certain sub-populations within Grande Prairie that are more vulnerable to experiencing homelessness, including:
Supports for these individuals and families takes a wide variety of forms and can include provision of emergency beds, safe and secure interim housing, staffed and supported housing with daytime supports and/or permanent supportive housing with 24 hour supports in place.
Grande Prairie’s first Multi-Year Plan to End Homelessness was created in 2009. It set five broad goals for collaboration and integration of programs and services at the municipal, provincial and federal levels.
An evaluation of the plan concluded significant progress has been made in the following areas:
View a full evaluation with a full detailing of the results here.
In 2015, the Grande Prairie Five Year Plan to End Homelessness 2015-2019 was approved by City Council.
The plan was developed over a year-long process that included community consultations and surveys among populations who have lived experiences with homelessness. It provides a strategic framework for eliminating homelessness in Grande Prairie, including an accountability model for meeting goals.
The four main goal areas of the 2015- 2019 plan are:
The first year of the 2015-2019 plan saw progress made in all four goal areas. Highlights of the successes include:
Read more on the outcomes and accomplishments of the 2015-2016 year here.
Year 2 Report Card
Continued success was seen in the second year of the plan. Some key points are listed below:
View more by reading the full report, available here.
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