Regina's Current Funded Partners
Regina’s HPS 2017-2018 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.
Carmichael Outreach – “Needs Enrichment Support Team” project
This is a Housing First program based on serving the highest acuity members of Regina’s homeless population, following the Housing First model. We first began our Housing First program about a year ago. One full-time Needs Enrichment Services Team (NEST) Supervisor will be responsible for overseeing the program, and four full-time Housing Support Workers will be dedicated to Housing First. These staff work with our community's highest acuity clients. In addition to finding housing, they provide support to clients in a wide range of areas including, but not limited to, scheduling and attending appointments, advocating with social institutions, mediating with landlords, managing finances, taking medications, and providing them with companionship every day.
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.
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.
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:
- Stronger relationships with reserves by developing a supportive relationship before moving
- RWPC linking clients to NCFC
- 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
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.