Community Advisory Board on Housing and Homelessness
What is CABH?
The Community Advisory Board (CABH) formed in 2000 and has evolved to what is now known as the Community Advisory Board on Housing and Homelessness (CABH). The role of the CABH is to act as an advisor to the City of Grande Prairie for grant funding received from the Government of Canada and the Province of Alberta and to give input into current and future priorities for affordable housing and ending homelessness.
The advisory board meets monthly and has seventeen members in total. Eleven community members representing a wide sector of the community, one City Councillor, and 4 resource members representing Federal, Provincial and Municipal governments.
Responsibilities of CABH
The Community Advisory Board, as outlined in the 2014-2019 Federal Community Plan states that: “CAB should be representative of the community.” The CAB ensures that the priorities identified in the Community Plan (federal) and Service Delivery Plan (provincial) are met through a fair and transparent funding process, and is generally responsible for:
- Developing a Review Committee terms of reference for the solicitation, review and recommendation of projects to the City of Grande Prairie,
- Assessing progress in addressing community priorities
- Ensuring plans are being developed and updated
- Provide a community perspective on housing and homelessness
Who is on the advisory board?
CABH will include representation from (but not limited to) the following:
- Community at large
- Health Services sector
- Disabled (physical and developmental)
- Lived experience
- Indigenous community
- Resource members – CSD City of Grade Prairie, City Councillor, Government of Canada, Provincial Ministry of Community Social Services
- Addictions and mental health
“Our Homeless Initiative works to end homelessness by partnering with community agencies to provide housing supports and move people out of shelters and into homes.”
The Community Advisory Board on Housing and Homlessness meets the third Thursday of every month. After each meeting the committee will be adding highlights from the meeting that will keep the community informed on topics of discussion.
May focus areas:
- Reaching Home Funding (Federal) added $306,900 to develop a coordinated access program. The City is looking at the possibility of more organizations being able to do centralized assessment. They are also interested in creating a P/T position to develop and implement coordinated access across the city.
- Grande Spirit Foundation is completing a regional needs assessment in regards to housing families and seniors. Focus will be to identify family housing needs.
- The Community Engagement subcommittee identified a winter emergency response plan as a priority. This would involve treating the winter crisis as an emergency model and creating an emergency plan to address it. This is in regards to a repeat of last year’s winter numbers @ Rotary House. This plan would incorporate more partners and be set up to accommodate 20, 50 or 100 individuals. September 2019 has been set up as a deadline for completion.
- An assessment is being done to determine how many, if any, Housing First clients are housed in illegal secondary suites. Once identified the owners will be given an opportunity to comply and/or the clients moved to legal accommodations.
Reoccuring focus areas:
- Parkside update: 37 people housed. 3 units are being renovated with Rotary clients waiting to move in.
- Seniors update: Seniors week is June3-8, 2019.
- Indigenous update: GP Friendship Centre continues to serve meals. They are also accepting clothing donations. Native Counselling has starts a Women’s Sharing Circle Program.
- Voice for the Voiceless update: membership is currently low. Concerns are being brought to meetings regarding individuals with special needs and advocating on their behalf.
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