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Reflections on Collaboration June 2008

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Jane Wedlock from the York Region Alliance to End Homelessness presents to the Human Services Planning Coalition.

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Reflections on Collaboration June 2008

  1. 1. Reflections on Collaborative Planning Presentation to HSPC June 4 2008
  2. 2. What is the Alliance? <ul><ul><ul><li>Multi-sectoral coalition </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mostly social service providers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Our vision: </li></ul><ul><li>“ A York Region where everyone has a secure affordable healthy place to live.” </li></ul>
  3. 3. Homelessness in York Region <ul><li>Highly complex </li></ul><ul><li>Nobody “owns” it – all levels of government and communities are stakeholders </li></ul><ul><li>Largely invisible </li></ul><ul><li>Poverty/lack of affordable housing </li></ul><ul><li>Many faces </li></ul><ul><li>Many pathways into/out of </li></ul><ul><li>Significantly under-resourced </li></ul>
  4. 4. YRAEH History <ul><li>1999 - Alliance formed </li></ul><ul><li>2005 - First funded staff position: Public education focus </li></ul><ul><li>2006 – Women’s Shelter Needs Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>2007 – YRAEH:A project of Sage Centre </li></ul><ul><li>2008 – Ontario Trillium Foundation funding </li></ul><ul><li>2008/9 – Federal Funding (through York Region) for 3 collaborative projects </li></ul>
  5. 5. Key areas <ul><li>Research </li></ul><ul><li>Advocacy </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative Projects </li></ul><ul><li>Public Education and Community Engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainability </li></ul>
  6. 6. Context for Collaborative Planning <ul><li>Federal Homelessness Programs </li></ul><ul><li>Supporting Community Partnerships Initiative </li></ul><ul><ul><li>York Region Community Plan 2001 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>York Region Community Plan Update 2003 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Homelessness Partnering Strategy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>York Region Community Plan Update 2007 </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Current collaborative projects – 2008/2009 <ul><ul><li>Transportation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Street Health </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community Capacity </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. What have we learned? <ul><li>We are just beginning </li></ul><ul><li>A framework provides context </li></ul><ul><li>Establish priorities for action </li></ul><ul><li>Resources for collaborative planning are essential </li></ul><ul><li>We need to expand the circle </li></ul><ul><li>Trust/relationships builds commitment and takes time </li></ul>
  9. 9. Challenges <ul><li>Housing and poverty issues are hidden </li></ul><ul><li>Uncertain/limited/inadequate resources </li></ul><ul><li>Need for municipal/neighbourhood profiles </li></ul><ul><li>Potential partners don’t always know they are connected to the issue and the role they could play </li></ul><ul><li>The widening income gap in York Region </li></ul><ul><li>NIMBY </li></ul>
  10. 10. Expectations of a region-wide long term integrated human services plan
  11. 11. A destination <ul><li>We need a high level aspiration of what we are working towards. A shared vision of what needs to happen and how we can move towards it. </li></ul><ul><li>“ What do we want our communities </li></ul><ul><li>to look like?” </li></ul>
  12. 12. Strategic priorities <ul><li>Poverty reduction </li></ul><ul><li>Increase affordable housing </li></ul>
  13. 13. Clarity around roles and governance structure <ul><li>Arms length </li></ul><ul><li>Transparent decision making </li></ul><ul><li>Trust builds commitment </li></ul>
  14. 14. Values and principles <ul><ul><ul><li>Share power </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Share decision making </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Be accountable </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>No blame </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Promote social inclusion </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A learning community </li></ul></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Need for a framework <ul><li>Social determinants of health </li></ul>
  16. 16. Research <ul><li>Communities are important sources of knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Community Based Research </li></ul>
  17. 17. Resources <ul><li>To promote/support collaborative planning </li></ul>
  18. 18. An enabling environment <ul><li>Dialogue </li></ul><ul><li>Trust </li></ul><ul><li>Honesty </li></ul><ul><li>Municipal leadership </li></ul><ul><li>A common vision/aspiration </li></ul><ul><li>Supported by people with influence </li></ul><ul><li>Embrace challenge </li></ul>
  19. 19. Last thought <ul><li>“ We go faster alone – we go further together” </li></ul><ul><li>Tamarack Institute for Community Collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Vibrant Communities Face to Face Forum </li></ul><ul><li>May 2008 </li></ul>

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