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

  1. The 10 Essentials - Building your 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness March 20, 2012 Tim Richter, President and CEO
  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. The 10 Essentials 1. Planning 2. Data, research & best practices 3. Coordinated system of care 4. Income 5. Emergency prevention 6. Systems prevention 7. Housing focused outreach 8. Rapid re-housing 9. Housing support services 10. Permanent housing
  4. 1. Planning Plans 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. 1. Planning Every 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. 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 won't 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. 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. 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. 5. & 6. Prevention • Homelessness doesn't 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. 7. Housing-focused outreach • Need to make the shift from emergency support & survival outreach to housing • "Dude - I live in a f****** box"
  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. 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 it's head • There are a range of different types of Housing First program
  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. 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. Parting thoughts • Legitimate larceny • Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good • Progress requires some risk • Provincial political support is essential • Consumer is King March 14, 2012 14
  16. Coming soon! Mission to create a national movement to prevent and end homelessness in Canada through the development of 10 Year Plans to End Homelessness in communities across the country. www.facebookcom/endinghomelessness
  17. Resources • National Alliance to End Homelessness: • Homeless Hub: • US Interagency Council on Homelessness: • Collective Impact: • • Coming soon! Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness: March 14, 2012 12
  18. Tim Richter ph. 403 718-8526 Twitter: @timrichter

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