Keynote - Ending Homelessness in New Brunswick

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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
  • Keynote - Ending Homelessness in New Brunswick

    1. 1. Ending homelessness in CalgaryMarch 20, 2012Tim Richter, President and CEO
    2. 2. Calgary’s experienceAn end to homelessness is possibleThere is a model proven to work in CanadaIt is cheaper to fix than to ignore
    3. 3. Homelessness in Calgary
    4. 4. ‘What are we waiting for!?’• Philip Mangano USICH – September 2006• Calgary Committee to End Homelessness - January 2007• Alberta Secretariat for Action on Homelessness - October 2007• Calgary’s 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness released in January 2008. CCEH disbanded• CHF selected to lead implementation of the plan
    5. 5. It’s cheaper to fix than ignore• Pomeroy: $66,000 to $120,000/person/year inst. response (e.g. prison, psychiatric hospitals) vs. $13,000 to $18,000 for supportive housing• Simon Fraser University: $55,000/person/year vs. housing and support costs of $37,000• Calgary: $134,000/person/year for chronically homeless vs. housing & support $10,000 to $25,000/person/year• 2007: More than $320 million is spent every year in Calgary on homelessness. If nothing was done, the cumulative economic cost of homelessness could be more than $9 BILLION in the next decade
    6. 6. It’s cheaper to fix than ignoreAverage housing & support costs under Calgary’s 10 Year Plan • Prevention ~$3,000 • Rapid Re-housing (LICM) ~$6,000 • Housing & Intensive Support (HICM) ~$14,000 • Permanent Supportive Housing ~$15,000
    7. 7. 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
    8. 8. 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
    9. 9. Housing First• 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 programs• 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.
    10. 10. Calgary’s Plan• Prevention & re-housing: Develop a homeless serving system that ensures Calgarians at risk of or experiencing homelessness have the support they need to achieve and maintain housing stability• Ensure adequate affordable and supportive housing• Improve data and systems knowledge• Reinforce non-profit organizations serving Calgarians at risk of or experiencing homelessness For more information: www.calgaryhomeless.com/10-year-plan
    11. 11. Aggressive targets• 1,800 chronic & episodic homeless obtain & maintain housing (2014)• No more than 10% of those in Housing First programs return to homelessness (2014)• Rough sleepers can access housing and support (2014)• 85% of emergency shelter beds eliminated (2018) – 600 by 2014• The length of time families stay in emergency shelter reduced to 14 days (2014)• By Jan. 2018 reduce the maximum average length of stay in an emergency shelter to 7 days
    12. 12. Getting results• Homelessness down for the first time in 20 years - 11.4% from 2008; - 24% from BAU• 3,700+ people housed and supported• 92% housing retention rate• 3,600+ new units of affordable housing funded• Reducing emergency shelter beds -> 130 shelter & 54 transitional beds retired, funding transferred to Housing First programs
    13. 13. Program impact Change in utilization between intake and reported 12 month follow up Days hospitalized -36% EMS utilization -20% Hospital emergency room visits -52% Days in jail -49% Interactions with Police -60% ** Sample 270 people
    14. 14. 10 Year Plans workHomelessness across Alberta is dropping: • Edmonton: 21% decrease from 2008 to 2010 • Fort McMurray: 42% decrease 2008 to 2010 • Lethbridge: 53% street homeless decrease from 2008 to 2010
    15. 15. Parting thoughts • 10 Year Plans to End Homelessness work • Everything you need to know has been done somewhere • Every community is different but fundamentals remain • Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good • You can do it. We can help.March 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.ca 12
    18. 18. Tim Richter ph. 403 718-8526tim@calgaryhomeless.comwww.calgaryhomeless.com Twitter: @timrichter

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