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Regina news for 2011-2016

Homelessness Partnering Strategy Regina 2011-2016 Accomplishments
 

 

Regina Food Bank
The Regina Food Bank serves those most vulnerable in our community by providing programs and service directly and through partnerships in the areas of food provision, essential skills development and connections to the community supports and opportunities.

Regina Food Bank Equipment Upgrade- Capital project- 2015/2016
The Regina Food bank was in need of new warehouse equipment to keep up with their ever increasing volume of food and non food donations. The warehouse equipment purchases replaced broken and warn down equipment and has service plans and warranties that cover the major expenses. They were able to cut overtime wages with the purchase of the new equipment which wasn’t possible before with the broken and warn down equipment they had before.

 

Salvation Army Regina Waterson Centre- Kate’s Place
The mission of Salvation Army Kate’s Place, is to provide 24 hour supervised, stable and supportive housing to female participants of the Regina Drug Treatment Court Program. It is the desire of this program to assist and support each woman as they re-enter the community to become pro-social and independently housed members of the community.

The Salvation Army Kate’s Place Outreach Program Coordinator- Support Services- 2015/2016
The outreach coordinator helps women follow up on referrals made while they were in the shelter ie. second stage shelter, mental health referrals, childcare, and other resources that may have lengthy waitlists. The coordinator will act as an advocate to help women make plans with the Ministry of social services to enable them parent safely with the resources and supports as they navigate the courts and legal processes for both criminal and family matters.

 

Regina Transition Women’s Society
Regina Transition House provides an emergency safe shelter, supports and services to women and children who have experienced or are at risk of experiencing any forms of abuse. Services have evolved in response to demand and include a 24 hour crisis line, children’s program, and outreach/housing program.

Transition House Outreach and Housing Program- Support Services- 2015/2016
All women and children who come into our shelter or who access our Outreach program can also access our Housing Program. They have a Housing Advocate in place, who is the main staff person working on this project and they also receives support and assistance from the child counsellors, the domestic violence counsellors, and the assistant executive director in implementing the program and providing services to the women and children in the program.

Regina Transition House Housing Attainment and Support Program- Support Services- 2014/2015
All women and children who come into our shelter or who access our Outreach program can also access our Housing Program. They have a Housing Advocate in place, who is the main staff person working on this project and they also receives support and assistance from the child counsellors, the domestic violence counsellors, and the assistant executive director in implementing the program and providing services to the women and children in the program.

Furnishing the House with Heart- Capital project- 2011/2013
Regina Transition House completed renovations and purchased furnishings and appliances for its emergency shelter located in Regina. This capital project added an additional 7 beds to the shelter, as well as improving the overall facilities.

 

Carmichael Outreach Inc
Carmichael Outreach is a non-profit organization that provides free services and programs to Regina’s most vulnerable citizens. Many of Carmichael’s clients have addictions and mental health issues, and are homeless or at risk of being homeless. As open door policy ensures a non-judgemental environment where all are treated with respect and dignity; no one is turned away.

Housing Support Coordinator and Housing Support Worker- Support Services- 2015/2016
Carmichael’s Housing Support Coordinator position contributes to alleviating the effects of the rising house market by helping clients find, secure, and maintains affordable and adequate housing. The program also assists clients in obtaining basis needs beyond housing. The Housing Coordinator acts as an advocate and a referral point for clients who have several barriers to housing.
Housing support worker, works with the coordinator and clients to identify supports and needs with the purpose of developing a care plan, communicating with the client and supports to ensure needs are met, driving client to appointments that support care plan, supporting clients in their progress towards stability and making appropriate referrals, and providing statistics and other housing related info for media pieces in regards to homelessness.

Housing Support Coordinator- Support Services- 2014/2015
Carmichael was able to hire a Housing Support Coordinator. The position contributes to alleviating the effects of the rising house market by helping clients find, secure, and maintains affordable and adequate housing. The Housing Coordinator provides assistance to the clients in obtaining basis needs beyond housing. They also act as an advocate and a referral point for clients who have several barriers to housing.

Carmichael Outreach Initiative- Capital project- 2012
Carmichael Outreach completed small renovations to its existing building, which is used as a drop in centre in the city of Regina. This improved the quality of the environment for individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and assisted in prolonging the life of the building. The organization facilitated a visioning exercise to engage community members, staff and client volunteers to increase community capacity to address homelessness.

 

Phoenix Residential Society
Phoenix Residential Society is a charitable non- profit Community Based Organization that provides psychosocial/psychiatric rehabilitation services to individuals with psychiatric disorders, concurrent disorders (psychiatric and substance abuse) ABI and other cognitive disability. The mandate of the organization is to provide recovery oriented services that faster empowerment, promote hope and build connectedness in the community. Phoenix Residential Society hopes to develop a community based model that will address the needs of those individuals who are considered to be “hottspotters”/”bed blockers”/ “complex needs”/”lost souls.

The Phoenix H.O.M.E Project- Support services and Coordination of Resources- 2015/2016
Phoenix was able to hire a Project Coordinator who provides expertise, knowledge and skills related to the overall service delivery of the phoenix project; two Psychosocial Rehabilitation workers who are responsible for responding to the client’s needs of clients in the planning, implementing and assessing of individualize psychosocial (psychiatric) recovery/rehabilitation service/plans; Peer Support Specialists who are people with lived experience of mental illness/ substance misuse, who guide, support, and assist residents with their recovery goals and will work in collaboration with the team lead/project team members; Clerical/accounting staff who provides additional clerical, reception, and financial trusteeship; and Administration staff who is responsible for financial services/accountability and over site like assessment/tracking/ reporting/ requirements. The overall objective is to reduce and/or alleviate crisis behaviour in the community that can result in significant housing/placement problems.

The Phoenix Project- Support services and Coordination of Resources- 2014/2015
Phoenix was able to hire a Team lead who provides expertise, knowledge and skills related to the overall service delivery of the phoenix project; and hire two Psychosocial Rehabilitation workers who are responsible for responding to the client’s needs of clients in the planning, implementing and assessing of individualize psychosocial (psychiatric) recovery/rehabilitation service/plans; Peer Support Specialists who are people with lived experience of mental illness/ substance misuse, who guide, support, and assist residents with their recovery goals and will work in collaboration with the team lead/project team members; Clerical/accounting who provides additional clerical, reception, and financial trusteeship; and Administration who is responsible for financial services/accountability and over site like assessment/tracking/ reporting/ requirements. The overall objective is to reduce and/or alleviate crisis behaviour in the community that can result in significant housing/placement problems.

 

Street Culture Kidz Project
Street Culture Kidz Project is a non-profit, charitable organization in Regina, Saskatchewan that mentors and supports under-serviced youth. Using social entrepreneurialism and positive adult role models, we connect youth to help them work through changing their lives.

GLInn Electric- Capital project- 2015/2016
They were able to repair the electrical system though the whole house. They put in new safe electrical throughout the house and cleaning up the electrical panel in the basement and the 200 amp panel on the main floor. Being able to put in new electrical throughout the house, provides a safe environment for everyone.

Street Culture GLInn project- Capital project- 2014/2015
There was desperate need to repair and upkeep the GLInn building. The roof was leaking, one section of the building was falling away from the original home, the entire building needs to be excavated, a mason hired to repair holes in the stone structure, repair of the three story fire escape, and the addition of exits in two 2nd floor bedrooms to comply with fire regulations.

 

YWCA Regina
The YWCA Regina exists to support and empower women, children, and youth in addressing their diverse needs in the realization of their full potential, which benefits all. They have 3 shelters, First, My Aunt’s place which provides services to women and children experiencing homelessness in Regina, because of its existence, women and children would be otherwise are without shelter or in an unstable/unsafe environment. Second, Kiwinaw Residence, they have a long history of providing supportive, permanent housing for women with complex needs and high risk homelessness. And third, Isabel Johnson Shelter which is a safe place to stay when a woman needs to get away from an abusive situation while they work through future plans--and a place to turn to by phone if they need someone to talk to about the abuse they've experienced.

Kikinaw Women’s Residence, Phase 2- Capital Project- 2015/2016
They were able to replace the HVAC mixing box on the 4th floor from pneumatic to digital control.

Kikinaw Residence renovation- Capital project- 2014/2015
The YWCA was able to replace all windows and reinsulated exterior walls on the 4th and 5th floor of their residence. They were able to do partial renovations of the 4th and 5th floor kitchens, which included the flooring and the furnishing. They were able to replace the locks on each unit with a keyless entry, this improved the security for all residents. 15 rooms were renovated including flooring, wardrobe, counters/sink/drawers, upgrade electrical to accommodate microwaves, bedbug resistant bed frames and mattresses, paint, and light fixtures. They partially renovated 16 rooms including bed bug resistant bed frames, paint, and sinks.

My Aunt’s Place (MAP)- Support Services- 2014/2015
MAP is able to provide a safe place to stay and assist with planning for future stability. YWCA Regina and other service providers to serve women in a way that reduces the risk of continued and future homelessness, thereby reducing the frequency and duration of shelter stay.

My Aunt’s place- Capital Project- 2014/2015
Install individual healing and cooling control in bedrooms at MAP, providing comfortable temperature for residents and considerable savings for the YWCA in heating/cooling costs due to energy efficiencies. They were also able to purchase and install new windows on the main floor of My Aunt’s place.

My Aunts Place- Support Services- 2011/2014
The project piloted the use of individualized case management plans, culturally appropriate counselling, spiritual support, housing placement and retention services to MAP clients in order to assist them into stable living arrangements.

 

Circle Project
The Circle Project is an award winning, urban based, Aboriginal Organization that provides holistic programs and services that promote a move from dependence and vulnerability to stability sustainable attachment to the economy. This includes housing, as a mean of securing positive outcomes for individuals, families and community. The mandate of the organization is to develop and deliver programs and services, with in a cultural framework, to assist and support individuals who are transitioning through difficult change or making significant life changes for the better.

Circle Project HOMES Program (Helping Others Maintain Employment and Stablity)- Support Services, Coordination and leveraging of Resources, and data collection- 2015/2016
The HOMES program is the first step in a holistic, community based approach to addressing the serious issues that are negatively affecting a large number of Aboriginal people. HOMES provides daily activities designed to assist individuals in improving their knowledge and understanding in a variety of areas including employment, financial literacy, housing, lifestyles, relationships and culture. The program’s flexibility allows individuals to build self-esteem, empowerment and competencies by providing choices regarding which area of they want to address first.

Stabilization Services- Support Services and Coordination of Resources- 2014/2015
Circle Project was able to create a pilot project that was a modeled to provide a holistic, wrap-around approach that will respond to challenges and obstacles and support people moving toward self-sufficiency thus minimizing their risk of absolute homelessness. Circle Project assisted adults to move toward self-sufficiency through self-knowledge, self-development and stability; and was able to identify and address issues affecting at risk people in Regina, primarily with Aboriginal people. They were also able to build partnerships and collaborate with other community organizations in assisting aboriginal people and building support networks for the clients.

 

Oxford House Society of Regina
Oxford House Society of Regina provides safe, Third stage transitional housing and support for individuals who have completed an addictions treatment program within the last year; are homeless or at risk of homelessness; and demonstrates remaining clean and sober.

OHSR Expansion 26- Support Services, Coordination of Resources and Leveraging, and Data Collection- 2015/2016
To assist with the management costs of a fifth property, oxford house will use funding to increase time for an Outreach Worker, Housing Supervisor, and Executive Director.

Oxford House Expansion- Support Services and Coordination of Resources- 2014/2015
Funding went to wages for the Outreach worker and Housing support staff. The Outreach worker manages the interview and screening process for new clients, does client assessments for the permanent members, orient probationary members, attends the house meetings, liaison between houses and collaborates with other organizations. The housing support staff attends the house meetings, administers drug tests, collaborates with other organizations, maintenance for the homes, collects member fees, does house checks and helps relocate members to permanent housing. The staff works collaboratively together as some duties are shared while others are segregated. Communication is critical between positions. Both positions are considered equally important to the organization.

House 3 Furnishings- Capital project- 2011/2013
Oxford House Society of Regina (OHSR) purchased furnishings and appliances for a transitional housing facility serving four adult women recovering from addictions who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

 

North Central Family Centre
The centre delivers a wide range of proven successful structured programs and activities. NCFC offers programs for children, youth, families and elders, a place to participate in educational, after-school, sports and recreational, social and cultural activities. NCFC believes strongly in community, delivering programs designed to improve the quality of life for all residents and is committed to the revitalization of Regina’s North Central Community.

NCFC Homelessness Supports Program- Support Services- 2015/2016
The NCFC received funds to hire a Community Outreach Worker. They use a wraparound approach to serve families who utilize their programming. This includes life skills courses, culture resources, basic or urgent needs services, income support referrals, housing advocacy, employment programming, and various youth and children initiatives. Large amounts of clientele they serve are at risk of homelessness. The outreach worker will be directly involved in all facets of programming with the goal of reducing homelessness in the North Central Community while improving overall community capacity for meeting community needs.

NCFC Homelessness Supports Program- Support Services and Coordination of Resources- 2014/2015
Large amounts of the clients at the North Central Family Centre are at risk of homelessness. The North Central Family Centre was able to hire a Community Outreach Worker. They provide a wrap around approach to work with families who utilize their programming. The Outreach worker is involved with programming for the clients and reducing homelessness. Some of the programming includes: life skills courses, culture resources, basic or urgent needs services, income support referrals, housing advocacy, employment programming, and various youth and children initiatives.

 

Regina Immigrant Woman Centre
The Regina Immigrant Women Centre mandate is to educate, integrate, enrich, and empower immigrant women and their families through programs and services in English training, employment, settlement advising and family support.

Immigrant Assistance to Manage Homelessness (I AM Home)- Support Services- 2015/2016
The I AM Home support worker provides assistance in housing search, advocates for clients with special needs such as language and culture, assists clients with accessing social assistance or housing supplement applications, providing life skills training necessary for clients, learn how to access assistance when required, and once a week, provide visits to ensure they can maintain processes involved in maintenance of house and payment of rent on time.

Immigrant Assistance to Manage Homelessness (I AM Home)- Support Services- 2014/2015
The I AM Home support worker provides assistance in housing search, advocates for clients with special needs such as language and culture, assists clients with accessing social assistance or housing supplement applications, providing life skills training necessary for clients, learn how to access assistance when required, and once a week, provide visits to ensure they can maintain processes involved in maintenance of house and payment of rent on time.

 

Prairie Spirit Connections
Their primary focus is to assist the Aboriginal Community by offering programs and services to help them connect to their traditional, cultural heritage, while preparing them to become self-sufficient. Participants also have access to ceremonies and elder services.

Aboriginal Transition Services- Support Services- 2014/2015
Prairie Spirit hired a cook and life skills facilitator for their project. Offering weekly life skills workshops to assist those who are homeless or at risk of being homeless, which included teaching participants how to shop for and prepare nutritious meals on a budget.

Aboriginal Transition Services- Capital project- 2014/2015
Aboriginal Transition Services was able to purchase new appliances such as a stove and fridge for their nutrition program. They were also able to upgrade and fix their van in order to better assist their clients.

Housing Services- Support Services- 2012
Prairie Spirit Connections Facilitator and Housing Co-ordinator assisted Aboriginal individuals in the City of Regina who are homeless or at risk of being homeless. The facilitator and housing co-ordinator provided client assessment, case management services, facilitated workshops on skill development and provided housing placement/retention services.

 

John Howard Society
The John Howard Society of Saskatchewan is an independent voluntary organization composed of citizens who accepted responsibility for understanding and dealing with the problems of crime and the criminal justice system in a creative, humane and progressive manner. The Society fulfils this responsibility through reform advocacy, direct services and public education.

Supported Independent Living Program Outreach Pilot-Support Services (SILP)- 2014/2015
SILP was able to add two additional staff due to the growing needs of clients. Thanks to the non traditional hours, relationships are enhanced by case workers responding immediately to the client’s needs. Since services and supports are available more hours in a day clients became more independent. Clients were also provided life skills sessions that assisted in their move towards independent living and stay living independently.

Supported Independent Living Program Outreach Pilot- Capital Project- 2014/2015
SLIP works with youth ages 16-20 who need support in finding safe stable housing, and maintaining it over the long term. They were able to enhance programming by purchasing a vehicle to meet client’s needs. They were also able to provide 15 move in kits to new clients, which included furniture and living supplies for their apartments.

 

Namerind Housing Corporation
Namerind aims to address the critical need for affordable housing for Aboriginal people and increase opportunities in the Aboriginal community. Namerind owns many homes, a patient lodge with fully furnished 1 bedroom suits for those who are in Regina for medical treatment, a warehouse for Aboriginal contractors and trades people to develop skills and a retail mall which houses their newly opened pharmacy, providing easily accessible health supports at an affordable cost.

Raising Hope, Moving Families Forward- Capital project- 2013/2014
Namerind Housing Corporation purchased a multi-unit facility with 12 suites. This building provides transitional housing with intensive support care for substance-using pregnant and early postpartum Aboriginal women from the ages of 15 to 25 in order to assist them in achieving optimum health. Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region has made the services available to 30 women who are not being housed in the facility but who benefit from access to the programming and services of the project.

Kids First Families Housing- Capital project- 2012/2014
Namerind Housing Corporation renovated 6 different 3 bedroom homes in several Regina neighbourhoods. Houses are available to Kids First Regina Aboriginal families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. The Kids First Program helps stabilize families and work towards independence from social support services.

 

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)
CMHA provides services/programs on a daily basis to persons living with a mental illness. This includes daily activities, a warm, safe and hospitable drop in centre, a daily meal and a vocational program that provides educational and training opportunities for persons interested in moving towards community employment.

Clean Beginnings Laundromat- Capital project and Support Services- 2012/2014
Canadian Mental Health Association provided support services and employability skills to individuals with chronic mental illness who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. This project assisted clients in overcoming barriers to employment. This was accomplished through the operation of a laundry facility in McEwen Manor, a supportive housing facility for individuals with mental health disabilities.

Rainbow Youth Centre
Rainbow Youth Centre’s mission is to involve youth 11-25 years old in creating a safe, caring, healthy and adaptive community of support by sharing responsibility for recognizing, accepting and developing personal skills.

Youth Express Program III- Support Services- 2011/2012
Rainbow Youth Centre operated a support service center for youth who are homeless or at risk of homelessness to assist them in connecting to basic needs such as housing, food security, transportation, education of tenant rights / responsibilities and life skills and develop a plan to sustain the program.

Regina Youth For Christ Inc.
Focus on the Hope and Potential they see in every young person. They believe in holistic development of youth – Physically, Spiritually, Emotionally and Social as Jesus modelled for them to do.

Uturn 3- Capital project- 2012
Regina Youth for Christ partnered with Westridge Developments to develop and furnish the basements of two properties to create two transitional units for youth who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in the city of Regina.

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