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Agencies in place for start of new coordinated housing system

March 29, 2016 2:17 PM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

Agencies have been selected to deliver housing and supports under a new framework in Red Deer starting July 1, aimed at a more coordinated and efficient system between The City, The Province, and community agencies to better support and provide stable housing to people experiencing homelessness.

The agencies are the successful proponents of a Request for Proposals (RFP) that asked for delivery of service based on . City Council approved the recommendations from Community Housing Advisory Board (CHAB).

“We will work together with agencies and clients as we transition to our new system,” said Roxana Nielsen Stewart, Supervisor, Social Planning. “We have excellent service providers who have clear expectations and outcome measures under the new system, so we are positioned for success in ending homelessness.”

The improved system of housing and supports builds on Everyone’s Home: Red Deer’s Five Year Plan to End Homelessness, and focuses on individuals who have been homeless the longest. Efforts will target housing 115 of the longest-term shelter stayers and the 43 rough sleepers who do not use shelters.

The new system will include a single entry point for housing programs and an emphasis on matching the right person with the right program.

“We believe these changes will ultimately make the most positive impact for those experiencing homelessness and for the rest of our community,” said Roger Goodwin, CHAB Board Chair. “This fulfils our deliberate strategy of ending homelessness by the end of 2018.”

The City’s working definition of homelessness means the system can house an individual who has presented to the system within 28 days.

The City receives $3.44 million per year from the Province which is allocated to service providers. This funding agreement is for July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2019.

Visit to view the agencies to receive funding.

For more information, please contact:

Roxana Nielsen Stewart
Community Development Supervisor
The City of Red Deer
403-309-8592

Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer
403-342-8147

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