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Housing and homelessness plan presentation2

  1. 1. County of Hastings Housing and Homelessness Plan Development Ontario East Municipal Conference September 12, 2012
  2. 2. Supporting People and Communities
  3. 3. The ‘Plan’ • A work plan was developed based on a completion date of June 2013, working backwards • The first exercise was to identify all stakeholders and divide them into sectors, for example: mental health, consumer/advocate, victims of abuse, housing providers
  4. 4. The ‘Plan’ • It was decided that our first community consultation would be held on June 27th • We decided that this first consultation should be in the centre of the municipality • Six questions were developed for a break out session
  5. 5. Break–Out Session Questions 1. As a sector, list your common assets (i.e shelters, land) both current and future. 1. What programs or services does your organization access or refer to, in order to help serve the at risk population in relation to homelessness issues. 2. Further, identify partnerships (informal or formal) that your sector has developed to address the needs of at-risk populations in relation to their housing issues. 3. Identify 3 gaps in service that you are currently experiencing in your sector. 4. In relation to question number 4; how has your sector addressed the above gaps? 5. From your sectors perspective provide at least one suggestion on how to engage the private sector so that they offer financial or in-kind support to address housing and homelessness issues in the community.
  6. 6. Mapping Exercise Before After
  7. 7. Prezi Demonstration To open link: right click and click on “open hyperlink” to view ‘prezi’ Community Consultation Highlights, June 27, 2012
  8. 8. Service Manager Perspective • Managing expectations a key component • Explained that there is no new funding associated with the Housing and Homelessness Plan • Completing the Plan with existing staff (not hiring a consultant) • Staff are known to the community and have already-established networks with stakeholders
  9. 9. Service Manager Perspective • We did not get the level of detail in the results we were looking for at the consultation • Not all sectors that we invited were represented • It is now necessary to determine missing sectors and missing information and decide how to engage them (LHIN, for example) • Still need to meet with other sectors (Housing providers, elected officials)
  10. 10. Participants Perspective • Survey Monkey was used to evaluate the Community Consultation • Results indicate: 85% of participants indicated that the right questions were asked Participants felt that they did not have enough time to answer at break out session Some participants felt that the questions could have been distributed prior to the session
  11. 11. Next Steps • Data Collection using a variety of methods such as: survey monkey, stakeholder meetings, and one to one interviews to determine needs and identifying priorities like expiring operating agreements with non profit/co-operative housing providers • Obtaining specific demographic information for: City of Belleville, City of Quinte West and Hastings County • Stakeholders can add comments on-line
  12. 12. Next Steps • Taking stock of the ‘Stock’ in partnership with All Together Affordable Housing to create an inventory of available housing and homelessness programs and services • Incorporating Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative in the ‘Plan’ to obtain identified outcomes • Determine how to make the best use of existing resources • Create list of priorities in preparation for future funding opportunities
  13. 13. Next Steps • Development of strategies/activities to meet identified objectives and targets • Outcomes measurement (partnership with United Way) • Present draft Plan to Hastings/Quinte Joint Social Services Committee for recommendation to County Council for June 2013 • Fact Sheet
  14. 14. Lessons Learned • Housing and homelessness issues are extremely widespread • Many different opinions about future directions to take • So far, service providers have not focused only on their sector, which has been great • Many more people to talk to
  15. 15. Lessons Learned • Reaction to our process has been positive. The community wants to discuss these issues • Concerns about managing expectations • Service Manager ultimately “owns” the Plan • Have to ensure that the Plan is consistent with Hastings County’s overall Strategic Plan and future vision
  16. 16. Lessons Learned • Make use of existing resources such as housing and homelessness strategies from other areas • Take full advantage of OMMSA’s Housing and Homelessness Resource Centre • Use MMAH as a resource. Information provided and responses to questions has been excellent
  17. 17. “The planning process can help build relationships and consensus” (unknown) Contact: • Scott Robertson: • Michelle Ogden: • Carmela Ruberto: • to view our progress