Regina's Currently Funded Partners
Regina’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy’s 2016-2017 Funded Projects
Phoenix Residential Society – "Phoenix HOMES” Housing First pilot project
Phoenix HOMES will work with individuals in the community who are chronically or episodically homeless from a collaborative community approach. In order to provide an extensive community approach, The Housing First Team would provide training and support in terms of Housing First Readiness for the CSOs. These training sessions will ensure that all parties have the proper assessments and training manuals.
The Housing First team will consist of one Supervisor/Housing Locator, three Intensive Case Managers, one Intake/Assessment worker, and two full-time equivalency Housing Support Workers.
Potential clients will be referred through partner CSOs using the VI-SPDAT assessment. If found eligible, they will meet with the Intake/Assessment worker to complete the SPDAT assessment. If the client is deemed eligible for Housing First services, they will then meet with the Supervisor to secure housing and be assigned an Intensive Case Manager at this time.
When the team initially starts working with a client, the Supervisor meets with the client to discuss housing preference including area, amenities, housing type (house, apartment, accessibility, and etc). From there, applications are submitted to the various landlords depending on availability and preference of the client. Phoenix HOMES has been working with various landlords throughout the city. The HOMES team would continue to develop these positive landlord relationships throughout the community in order to increase existing housing stock. The team will provide extensive support to both the tenant and landlord in order to assist in maintaining residency and build the tenant-landlord relationships. As per the Housing First model, the team will provide assistance in relocating individuals as needed if the tenancy fails. The team will also work with each client to ensure they are aware of tenant rights and responsibilities and involve each client as much as possible.
Support services are a key element in order to maintain housing. The Intensive Case Managers will work with each participant to conduct ongoing SPDAT assessment in order to track and direct necessary supports. These support services offered are very individualized and currently range from seeing a participant bi-weekly to seeing them three times per day on a daily basis, depending on what the needs of the individual are.
The overall goal of the program is to provide immediate access to housing and intensive support services to clients who are chronically or episodically homeless with the focus being on those that have the highest levels of acuity. The supports offered are intended to produce overall housing stability and community integration toward the overarching goal of maintaining permanent housing, participation in treatment services, and a decreased utilization of public and emergency services.
Street Culture Kidz Project – “Youth Supported Housing Operations and Resource Education (Y-SHORE)” project
The program will offer support and learning opportunities for youth to develop skills, set goals, prepare for and are supported in independent living. With the help of the program and wraparound support, youth will fully understand the responsibilities of living independently and will be able to find a stable place to live. Some of the concerns the program will help alleviate would be financial issues, lease violations, unsafe accommodations, avoidable evictions and basic life skill building. Additionally, the program will have the youth living independently with weekly group meetings with youth to discuss any problem areas or concerns, group grocery shopping, group laundry, group life skill building as well as one on one time with case workers to encourage healthy living and lifestyle.
As one of the key populations at risk for long-term homelessness and that much of our community’s homeless population is youth as well as the fact that many adults currently experiencing homelessness began experiencing it as youth as demonstrated by our community’s PIT count, is imperative that in our community’s shift toward Housing First that we focus on developing a response based on the needs of youth.
YWCA Regina – “Rapid Rehousing Team for Women” project
YWCA Regina project proposes to combine the 2.7 FTE to create a coordinated housing placement and retention team who will serve women and families in Regina. The team will receive training to ensure fidelity with best practices in Rapid Rehousing and Housing First practices, and will use SPDAT and VI-SPDAT as their primary assessment and monitoring tool. Referrals to the team will come from agencies across Regina as well as self-referrals from women experiencing or at risk of homelessness. The team will work closely with other Rapid Rehousing teams, Housing First teams, and crisis services (shelters, MCS, etc) to ensure integration of efforts.
This project represents a major step forward for service to moderate acuity women and children in Regina experiencing homelessness. Moving these positions from serving two shelter populations to focusing on serving women based on acuity/need throughout Regina through a coordinated system of care will mean that the right level of service will be offered, ensuring that women are not under or over served – a critical component of any service aligned with Housing First principles.
Regina Immigrant Women Centre – “Immigrant Assistance to Manage Homelessness (IAM HOME)” project
Our clients are immigrants or may have been a refugee upon their arrival in Canada and who are at risk of homelessness whether they have been in Canada for days, months or years. IAM HOME works with at risk clients, most often due to family breakdowns and domestic violence, as well as mental health/trauma issues. First, an overall assessment is done, including language, the need for shelter, food, clothing and basic household supplies. Once needs are met, we can begin to connect clients with other community resources and supports, this will help decrease isolation and start integration into the community. Second, involves developing individualized long term case plans for intensive follow up. IAM HOME provides clients with life skills training, family support, pre-employment assistance, language and computer training. IAM HOME’s primary outcomes are to reduce the risk of homelessness by first assisting clients to be housed and secure. Secondary outcomes are to engage them in programs at the centre or in the community, to increase their ability for integration and independence on social and economic levels. The long term outcomes are retaining tenancy and engagement in educational and employment options while developing connections to supports with other community service agencies so that clients can address the root issues that have led to homelessness.
Carmichael Outreach – “Housing Support Program” project
Housing Support Coordinator assists in the preparation of a weekly housing list, establishes contact with landlords and housing providers for the purpose of building partnerships, identifies resources and appropriate housing opportunities for high-risk individuals and families, assists clients with the preparation of documents (i.e. applying for financial assistance or housing), makes appropriate referrals to community (i.e. mental health supports, Regina Food Bank, KidsFirst, Detox), provides housing counselling to prepare clients for the responsibility of good tenancy, advocate on behalf of clients, assists client with moving arrangements and furnishings where possible, assists clients who are transition to the services of housing Support Worker(s), and provides statistics and other housing related information for reporting and informational purposes using HIFIS
Housing Support Worker has a small caseload due to the exceptional needs of some of the clients and works to identify supports (such as landlords, health workers, social workers, etc.) and needs (rental arrangements and medical appointments) develop a care plan, maintain frequent communication with clients and supports to ensure needs are being met, drive clients to appointments in support of a care plan, make appropriate referrals to community services such as mental health supports, Regina Food Bank, KidsFirst, Detox and Addictions Services. Increase level of community engagement such as volunteer, education and employment opportunities, and provide statistics and other housing related information for reporting and informal purposes
Street Workers Advocacy Project – “Building Bridges in Community” project
The Community Outreach Worker will provide intensive stabilization services to support clients in securing and maintaining housing. The will include providing assistance in locating potential housing, transportation to viewing appointments, advocating with landlords and financial workers, and assistance in securing household furnishing and basic necessities. The Community Outreach Worker will also provide referrals to life skills, employment and educational upgrading programming when appropriate, as well as referrals for addictions Detox and treatment programming. The Community Outreach Worker will serve as the agency liaison and team lead in networking with other community agencies and landlords.
Ignite Adult Learning Corporation – “Ignite Adult Learning” project
Ignite Adult Learning Corporation will purchase 25 new computers for the Computer Lab as well as 2 Electronic Boards, one for the classroom and one for the Computer Lab. Both of these purchases will enhance the facilitation f the courses offered to the apprentices of Ignite.
- Technical skill upgrade
- Ability to compete in an competitive employment market
- Ability to engage in further upgrading, post-secondary, and trades training
- Increase a sense of self-worth to attend a professional, safe, healthy, work and training environment on a daily basis, leading to exponential change for not only the participants of the program, but also the future success of their children and other family members.
This program has a history of accepting applications and hiring successive generations and lateral family members of prior graduates who have become successful employees in the past. The housing needs of those graduates are successfully fulfilled through their ability to compete in the employment market.
Salvation Army Kate’s Place – “Salvation Army Kate’s Place Outreach Coordinator” project
Since the opening of Kate’s Place, a total of 85 women have left our shelter. We continue to provide ongoing support services to each woman after they have left our shelter through Outreach Program. The number of outreach clients had continued to grow as we transition our current clients into permanent and independent housing. The Outreach Program had being playing a great role in supporting and addressing challenges women with drug addictions face after they left our shelter. The total number for the Outreach clients is 38 women. Within this group of women, there are 93 children. This number will continue to grow as clients graduate form Kate’s Place. Monday night – Talking Circle is held on Monday, Crisis counselling and food bank hampers orders are done on this day. The second busy day of the Week is Wednesday- Pick up day for food bank hampers for the clients, Crisis counselling, and NA/steps meeting. The busy third day of the week is Friday- craft night; Crisis counselling and it is the day a worker have to complete all client’s Case Management for the week.
In order to prevent drug addiction relapse, the return of health issues related to drug use and to guarantee each woman continues to live in healthy and safe home environment. We will need to provide effective ongoing support services to each woman such as crisis counselling, increase access to appropriate programs based on their goals set, advocacy, increase access to essentials (food, clothing and toiletries) maintained stable housing in the community, transportation to doctors/addiction services appointments, following up referrals made to other community agencies, advocate for women and connect them to supports as they go through courts and legal processes for both criminal and family matters.
Oxford House – “Oxford House Staff Wages” project
Oxford House runs a peer-driven model of addiction recovery support. Participants live in a house together and are allowed to stay as long as they want or need so long as they are keeping their addictions in check. Oxford house current has 3 houses and 16 beds in Regina (all of which are currently full). The project would be used for programming costs, travel, and to help offset wages and expand hours for their Outreach Worker, Housing Supervisor, and Executive Director as Oxford House seeks to expand their service through 2016 with the acquisition of 2 new houses, one for men and one for women.
TFHQ Safe Shelters Inc. (WISH Safe House) – “TFHQ Safe Shelters Inc. Second Stage Housing” project
The proposed project will allow the existing TFHQ Safe Shelters Inc. Second Stage Shelter to be renovated and allow for replacement of furniture and appliances in their four, three bedroom, subsidized housing units.
- The indoor repairs will include: the repairs of walls, dry wall repairs, painting the entire units, including ceilings, painting of doors and jambs, painting of window and door casings, and repair of doors, install door stoppers;
- The outdoor repairs will include: the painting and staining of the deck, ramp and stairs and stucco repair and patching. Stairs will be repaired and leveled. The entire roof will be re-shingled and new eavestroughs with screens will be installed;
- Replacements will include: replacing all appliances in the four units (fridge, stove, washer, dryer, table and 4 chairs).
The above will assist families at risk from becoming homeless. The families will be in a controlled environment where each family will be assisted so that each of the four families can achieve their long term goal of being fully self-sufficient and stabilized in a housing unit with no risk of becoming homeless
and children going into care.
North Central Family Centre – "NCFC Homelessness Supports Program” project
NCFC’s Homelessness Supports Program in partnership with Regina Work Preparation Centre (RWPC) to provide wrap-around housing, employment and core resource support to clients throughout the city and those moving into the city.
Our Homelessness Supports Program consists of the following:
- Support services: Finding housing for clients; housing referrals; housing advocacy: liaise with Ombudsmen and Regina Housing Authority; find rental properties; workshops on renter’s rights; food referrals; health referrals; provision of supplies
- Bridge to labour market – our partnership with RWPC will result in:
o Stronger relationships with reserves by developing a supportive relationship before moving
o RWPC linking clients to NCFC
o Employment supports for clients by linking clients to RWPC
- Connecting clients to income supports: Assistance with social assistance and disability applications
- Life skills development: Workshops on parenting skills, FASD prevention, addictions awareness, anti-bullying, anger management
- Connecting clients to education: referrals to and assistance with applications to all levels of education including participation in pre-GED program through NCFC
- Culturally relevant responses: spiritual resources, counselling and referrals to elders
- Identifying, integrating and improving services: integrating the services of NCFC and RWPC to reduce barriers to stable housing and secure employment
- Partnerships and development in support of systems approach to homelessness: partnership with RWPC to ensure support for clients and opportunities for employment, following the Homeless Hub’s systems approach of: service alignment, information-sharing and streamlined assessment to Regina
Saskatchewan Brain Injury Association - Housing Support Worker project
The Saskatchewan Brain Injury Association (SBIA) will use the HPS grant funds to develop a Housing Support Worker position for Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) survivors. They will work with provincial ABI survivor outreach teams, clinical case workers, residential facilities, families, caregivers and other support services to assess housing needs, challenges, and barriers of ABI survivors. The SBIA Housing Support Worker will also support survivors in their own home and provide individual life-skill coaching, behavioral support, and housing related support based on hours tailored to meet the client’s needs. They will focus on minimizing the effects in a stressed inadequate housing climate for ABI survivors by offering survivors and their families housing advocacy and assistance. They will work under a case management system and help ABI survivors gain independence, stability, optimal living and employment potential. The Housing Support Worker will identify housing opportunities for ABI survivors experiencing homelessness or who are at-risk of becoming homeless. They will establish and maintain relationships with landlords and housing providers and explain the housing program in an effort to advocate for survivors consideration as potential tenants.
Regina Food Bank - Mobile Pantry project
We are requesting funds to support the conversion of the delivery vehicle/mobile pantry itself. This will allow for the installation of appropriate refrigeration and storage space so that we can safely transport and distribute food and non-food products throughout the community. The Mobile Pantry will be a converted, refrigerated Purolator delivery vehicle that will be used to transport fresh produce, dairy products, ready-made meals and various health, wellness, and hygiene products to distribution sites in need and partner agencies. The clients are than able to select items that they need. The mobile pantry will also serve as a knowledge nook, providing information on various services and programs.
Circle Project Inc. - Cultural Connections project
This project will involve intensive engagement initially and ongoing with the Housing First delivery agency and community partners to identify challenges that are occurring in service delivery with Aboriginal people involved in Housing First and to identify gaps and create a wish list. Once this information is collected, the participants will be engaged to identify what would be of use or help to them in the way of cultural teachings and or support. The project will be continued into a first full year program delivery pending the outcomes of the partnership and the impact of the service for Housing First residents.
Services will range from formal protocols around Elder and cultural teachings to drop in programming to work on individual soft skill projects like learning how to bead. These could occur at our facility, at a partner facility or in the participant’s home. For those that are ready to move to a group setting, planned projects include learning to make a star quilt or making ribbon skirts or shirts: all items of cultural significance and importance. One of the most important elements of the program would be the tipi teachings. With tipis as the traditional homes of Indigenous people, this will be of great significance to the Housing First participants in making the cultural connection of the importance and significance of home. Participants will be invited to share their knowledge or skill as well. This will help restore cultural identity and pride and build self-esteem.
Prairie Spirit Connections - PSC Support Services project
This project assists homeless and high risk Aboriginal people with weekly workshops on life skills and addressing barriers to becoming self sufficient and offers a weekly cooking class teaching participants to prepare nutritious meals. They will offer access to elders and ceremonies assisting participants to reconnect to their cultural identity. HPS funding will allow PSC to continue to offer its core support activities and programming. They also will upgrade their vehicle.
Regina Treaty Status Indian Services - Breaking Barriers project
A coordinator will provide one weekly session that focuses on three components:
- Skills Development
- Personal Development
- Addressing barriers that hinder a person’s success through case management and integration process
The sessions will occur weekly and will engage clientele of their other programs. The skills development will focus on essential and life skills training including communication, financial literacy, document usage, numeracy, writing, interacting with others, and computer usage. Life skills will focus on learning abilities to adapt and increase positive behaviour that enables them to deal effectively with demanding and challenges to everyday life. Personal development skills focus on the barriers that cause a person to disengage from an opportunity that can assist them in successfully living. The coordinator will also provide one on one case management to assist them as they attempt to decrease barriers including housing issues, lack of food and lack of transportation.