Red Deer is one of the few communities across Canada that has a plan to end homelessness.
Red Deer’s vision is to end homelessness in our community by 2018. EveryOne's Home: Red Deer's Five Year Plan to End Homelessness 2014 to 2018 (pdf) is the second of two five year plans intended to tackle this monumental task. The first plan was designed to guide our work until 2014; while this second plan maps the framework until 2018.
Purpose of the Plan
To end homelessness in Red Deer by 2018.
Since homelessness itself is a very complex issue, it will require an equally dynamic and multi-faceted response. Unfortunately, some vulnerable individuals will continue to encounter circumstances that may cause them to become homeless or to be at major risk of homelessness. That said, we will be successful in ending homelessness in Red Deer when we have a system of care that can effectively and efficiently:
- prevent/divert vulnerable individuals from becoming homeless.
- ensure those who are homeless have permanent, appropriate housing and the supports they require within 28 days of presenting for services within the system.
Vision and Framework on Ending Homelessness
Prior to the creation of the five year plans came the report titled, "EveryOne's Home Vision and Framework on Ending Homelessness by 2018 (pdf) which articulates a vision and framework to end homelessness in the city of Red Deer. Starting with a message from the Mayor and introduction, the report goes on to discuss homelessness in Red Deer, the workings of The Mayor’s Task Force and priorities areas for ending homelessness in Red Deer.