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New model to be created for more flexible, coordinated housing

August 24, 2016 10:08 AM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

The City of Red Deer and the Province’s Ministry of Seniors and Housing and Ministry of Human Services will collaborate with other local stakeholders to develop a new integrated housing delivery model, bringing together community housing infrastructure and support services into a combined system.

A two-day working meeting is being held in Red Deer September 19-20 where all parties will create a governance and leadership structure to set the groundwork for an integrated housing delivery model to coordinate local housing support services with non-market housing inventory. Developing a governance and leadership structure was identified as the number one goal in Red Deer’s Red Deer's Five Year Plan to End Homelessness (pdf) .

“We continue to advance our plan to end homelessness as well as ensure safe, accessible and affordable housing is available to all,” said Mayor Tara Veer. “Coordinating both local housing infrastructure and support services helps Red Deerians access and maintain the housing and services most appropriate to them.”

The City, with representatives from the Government of Canada, the Province, Red Deer’s two housing delivery bodies: Red Deer Housing Authority and Piper Creek Foundation, local partners in the delivery of Housing First programming for the homeless, the Aboriginal community, local service providers and the business community will comprise a working group tasked with developing the new integrated housing governance and leadership structure.

“I support this community-driven initiative that will help deliver better outcomes for Red Deer residents,” said Lori Sigurdson, Minister of Seniors and Housing. “I look forward to hearing the results of the working session.”

“Everyone deserves a safe and affordable place to call home. I’m pleased to have the opportunity to continue working collaboratively with our community partners in Red Deer to strengthen housing and services for vulnerable community members and improve the ways we deliver supports to Albertans,” said Irfan Sabir, Minister of Human Services.

Coordinating local agencies that manage and/or deliver housing or support services will strengthen the system, provide more flexibility for housing infrastructure to expand or respond to changing needs, allow for more short and long term planning, and provide more stability for clients and providers.

“The City, in partnership with the Province and our community, has for many years identified the need to address housing and service gaps in Red Deer, both now and in preparation for the future. Today’s announcement means we are gaining traction on a longstanding community challenge,” said Mayor Veer. “An integrated approach supports and builds on the work our community service providers already do, and helps us better serve and respond to the broad needs of Red Deerians with compassion and accountability.”

A report on the recommendations for a new model is expected later this fall.­

For more information, please contact:

Tara Veer
Mayor
The City of Red Deer
403-342-8154

Sarah Cockerill
Director of Community Services
The City of Red Deer
403-342-8323

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