The 10 Essentials - Building your 10 year plan to end homelessness

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Tim Richter's keynote presentation on the Calgary Homeless Foundation's 10-year plan to end homelessness, and how the essentials are transferrable to New Brunswick. This presentation goes into further detail on the "10 essentials."

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  • Contact the Calgary Homeless Foundation:                                                                     Main office: O’Neil Towers                                                                        308 – 925 7th Avenue SW                                                   Calgary, Alberta, Canada                                                       T2P 1A6                                                                                     Telephone: 403.237.6456                                                                                                                      Fax: 403.262.2924 Email: info@calgaryhomeless.com (Kayleigh Galpin, Communications Advisor, will respond to your questions or forward your requests on to appropriate CHF staff members). Connect with us: www.calgaryhomeless.com www.facebook.com/CalgaryHomeless www.twitter.com/timrichter www.youtube.com/HomelessFoundation
  • The 10 Essentials - Building your 10 year plan to end homelessness

    1. 1. The 10 Essentials -Building your 10 Year Plan to End HomelessnessMarch 20, 2012Tim Richter, President and CEO
    2. 2. 10 Year Plans in a nutshell• First released by the NAEH in 2000• Local or regional system plans• Mark a shift from managing homelessness to ending it• Close the front door; open the back door, build the infrastructure and get better data• Over 350 U.S. jurisdictions have or are working on plans• In 2008, Calgary became the 1st city in Canada• 10 Year Plans taking hold in Canada: Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer, Lethbridge, Victoria, Vancouver, Ottawa• Alberta first & only province in Canada to have 10 Year Plan
    3. 3. The 10 Essentials1. Planning2. Data, research & best practices3. Coordinated system of care4. Income5. Emergency prevention6. Systems prevention7. Housing focused outreach8. Rapid re-housing9. Housing support services10. Permanent housing
    4. 4. 1. PlanningPlans should: • be evidence based • have measurable & ambitious outcomes and milestones • be learning, living & adaptive documents • cover the 10 Essentials • engage key players in the system • think ahead to implementation
    5. 5. 1. PlanningEvery community will have their own planning process. Tips: • Keep it short (6 to 12 months) • Have dedicated support • Propose & consult vs write by committee • Engage the unusual suspects & ensure a balance of perspectives • Take the opportunity to engage the public • Listen to people with lived experience
    6. 6. 2. Data, research & best practice • Everything you need to know to end homelessness exists • Your plan will necessarily be built on assumptions • New Brunswick is not so different that assumptions from other parts of Canada & North America wont hold true here • Build research capacity into your plan • In the context of a 10 Year Plan, researcher are detectives • Homeless Management Information System
    7. 7. 3. Co-ordinate the system of care • Shifting from a patchwork of emergency responses to a system of care designed to end homelessness • 10 Year Plans should identify: • a single point of accountability for implementation • a process for systems organization, planning & coordination • a process for monitoring effectiveness of the system; and, • a plan for adapting to changes, learning, best practices & improved information • Great examples: Chicago, Columbus, Washington D.C., State of Utah & Calgary
    8. 8. 4. Income• How will people gain the income necessary to sustain housing?• How do you connect to mainstream resources?• Are those resources sufficient?• Ending homelessness vs poverty reduction often a friction point• All homeless people are poor, but not all poor people become homeless.
    9. 9. 5. & 6. Prevention• Homelessness doesnt happen to just anyone - it is predictable• University of Calgary - Homelessness Asset & Risk Tool• People also travel predictable pathways into homelessness• Emergency prevention is prevention at or near the point of housing loss• Early detection, emergency assistance, system co-ordination, housing & support are key• Systems prevention refers to preventing discharge from mainstream systems into homelessness
    10. 10. 7. Housing-focused outreach• Need to make the shift from emergency support & survival outreach to housing• "Dude - I live in a f****** box"
    11. 11. 8. Rapid re-housing• Ensure the housing system has capacity to help clients navigate the housing market and lower barriers to housing• Housing workers will often: provide damage deposits, guarantee rent, mediate conflict, evict when necessary, repair damages• Rapid re-housing can be programs on their own or can be components of programs offering more support• Rapid re-housing programs on their own have to be very careful to take lower acuity clients
    12. 12. 9. Housing support services• Many services already exist in the community - support services are absolutely essential to ending homelessness• Housing First is a philosophy that turns the traditional response to homelessness on its head• There are a range of different types of Housing First program
    13. 13. 9. Housing support services• Four core principles of Housing First: 1. consumer choice and self-determination 2. immediate access to permanent housing, with the support necessary to sustain it 3. housing is not conditional on sobriety or program participation; and, 4. the ultimate goal of social inclusion, self-sufficiency and improved quality of life and health
    14. 14. 10. Permanent housing• Any plan to end homelessness must incorporate an investment into affordable housing• A lot of affordable housing is not affordable for homeless people• Most homeless people can be housed with support is subsidized market rental• Some may require permanent supportive housing• A range of different forms and support models may be needed• Remember consumer is king
    15. 15. Parting thoughts • Legitimate larceny • Dont let the perfect be the enemy of the good • Progress requires some risk • Provincial political support is essential • Consumer is KingMarch 14, 2012 14
    16. 16. Coming soon!Mission to create a national movement to prevent and end homelessness inCanada through the development of 10 Year Plans to End Homelessness incommunities across the country.www.caeh.cawww.facebookcom/endinghomelessness
    17. 17. Resources • National Alliance to End Homelessness: www.endhomelessness.org • Homeless Hub: www.homelesshub.ca • US Interagency Council on Homelessness: www.usich.gov • Collective Impact: http://www.fsg.org • Invisiblepeople.tv • Coming soon! Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness: www.caeh.caMarch 14, 2012 12
    18. 18. Tim Richter ph. 403 718-8526tim@calgaryhomeless.comwww.calgaryhomeless.com Twitter: @timrichter

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