Rural and Remote Currently Funded Partners
Rural and Remote Homelessness Partnering Strategy’s 2016-2017 Funded Projects
Nipawin Oasis Community Centre Co-operative Ltd. – “Nipawin Oasis Community Centre Support Services” project
Housing placement and housing loss prevention (only for families and individuals at imminent risk of homelessness):
- Work with landlords and tenants to maintain existing participants in current housing and to prevent housing loss. Assist with obtaining housing, advocating with landlords, filling out forms and understanding of housing contracts. Assist with emergent needs that are unforeseen, removal of garbage and furniture, prevention of bed bugs, and education and awareness of maintaining a home and yard.
Connecting clients to income support, pre-employment support, and bridging to the labour market:
- Assist individuals and families with filling out forms, income tax, accessing job postings, resumes, portfolio development, interview skills, working with the public, handling money, volunteer opportunities, accessing available education programs, agency referrals, obtaining ID such as birth certificate, SIN, workplace literacy and essential skills.
Life skills development and support to improve clients’ social integration:
- Offer life skills and literacy programming – such as health and wellness, financial literacy, budgeting, cooking, hygiene, safe food handling, nutrition, Cree culture, family literacy, lunch and learns, transportation to attend Oasis programming and weekly support program.
Connecting clients to education and supporting successes:
- Assist with accessing education opportunities at the regional college, secondary school, online resources, and community educational opportunities.
- Provide drop in support services – supportive listening, phone, computers, internet, fax and photocopy, laundry, filling out forms, ID, nutrition, cultural resources, cultural advisors, tutoring and literacy
- Assist with accessing existing community resources and supports
- Assist with emergent and basic needs – such as emergent transportation to hospital, Dr. Appt’s, court support, immediate emergent food issues and housing.
- Provide transportation and supports to attend the cultural, parenting, literacy, nutrition programming and support services at the Oasis
Archerwill Metis Local #58 - Josephine Campeau Center Renovation Project
To replace existing windows and frames, repairing leaking roof, weatherproof outside doors and check electrical in the board room. Windows need to be upgraded for heating and security of building. Weatherproofing of doors will help with heating, reducing heating costs. The windows are not secure, sticks are used to secure them. The roof leaks onto the boiler, electrical panel, and the SaskTel wiring which is dangerous for employees and clients in the building. They had the roof repaired several years ago, but it has started to leak worse than before. Because of the season, contractors cannot tell how extensive the repairs are going to be, but they determined the rafters are in good shape. They must determine the extent of repair when it’s warmer weather. The quote reflects that. Both entry doors are glass and they need to put on new weather stripping to further reduce the cost of heating in the building.
North East Outreach and Support Services – “NEOSS Safe Shelter” project
North East Outreach and Support Services is an emergency shelter to women and their children fleeing from domestic violence. The shelter will allow a safe place for them to stay short term to begin to rebuild their lives. The funding will be used to purchase a vehicle for NEOSS. The vehicle would be used to transport clients to appointments and their children to school. The vehicle will also be used for transporting clients from their homes to the shelter. Transports may also be required from our shelter to another shelter outside of the community if necessary due to personal needs of clients or space limitations.
Fresh Start Program Inc. - JP's Place
While Fresh Start has purchased some furnishings for our youth transition home, JP’s Place, it is not furnished in its entirety. It is necessary to purchase additional furniture, as well as replace some existing furniture in an effort to enhance and maintain the environment/ambiance of our youth transition home. We work hard to send a message of value to youth not only through relationship, but also through environment. As well, Fresh Start will purchase a vehicle, to replace its current vehicle. As a rural community, we cover 45,000 sq kilometers of area to provide support services to youth in the City of Swift Current and surrounding area.
Canadian Metis Heritage Corporation – Housing/Employment Support project
The project entails employment of a full time housing/employment coordinator as well as a part time support worker. Activities to include connecting clients to income support services, develop and implement life skills training programs, network with educational supports and other training programs, Work with local housing authorities, landlords, and rental agencies to provide safe, adequate and affordable housing opportunities. Support and advocate for clients in areas such as income security, food security, obtaining suitable housing, address the barriers to obtaining housing and employment, help meet the daily living needs of clients, and provide pre-employment support such as resume writing, job searching, job readiness and social skills. Provide programming, workshops and groups. Provide outreach services for those that may not be able to attend the centre for programs or that are transient and may not know how to access programming. Project may also employ a childcare worker for approimately four hours per week to allow parents to have safe and healthy care for children while they work on housing and employment. All programs to be delivered in a culturally diverse setting with access to an Elder for cultural support.
Lighthouse Supported Living Inc. – “Battlefords Emergency Shelter Roof Repair” project
Finishing repair of the roof deck and spray foam to provide insulation and water barrier for the flat roof over the Emergency Shelter and Supported Living Suites contained within the Lighthouse Serving the Battlefords
The building is a men’s women’s and family emergency shelter, day programs, community meal program, clothing depot, and supported living suites
North Battleford Transitional Living Initiative, Inc. – “Housing Coordinator” project
These funds support the work of NBTLI “Housing Coordinator” who works to identify clients whom are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. They work with clients to advocate and find suitable housing – either in NBTLI facility or a community property. They encourage clients, through coaching and support, to adopt a “transition lifestyle” which often includes sobriety, education, addictions treatment, employment, etc. They monitor clients for indicators of success. They also advocate for the needs of homeless or at risk individuals in the larger community.
Yorkton Women in Need Inc. (Shelwin House) – “Shelter Safety Needs” project
The project will enhance the appearance of the shelter. The fence will ensure privacy for our residents; as safety is paramount in this type of environment. The fence will allow the mom’s to find comfort knowing that they and the children can enjoy the outdoors.
Fixing the front steps will meet all shelter standards from occupational health & safety.
Metis Urban Housing Association of Saskatchewan Inc. – “The Battleford’s Affordable Housing & Homelessness Committee and Capacity Building Initiative” project
The Battleford’s Affordable Housing and Homelessness Committee and Capacity Building Initiative will develop, coordinate, and provide ongoing administrative services for a committee to create partnerships between local affordable housing organizations, homeless shelters, the City of North Battleford, the Prairie North Health Region, the local housing authorities, the friendship centre, and any other organizations that might be involved with homelessness, housing first, transitional housing, supportive housing, etc.
Once the Battleford’s Affordable Housing and Homelessness Committee is established, the initiative will allow for provision of coordination and administrative services as well as acting as a liaison between groups to develop, maintain, and grow partnerships to address homelessness. In addition, the initiative will allow for provision of a number of administrative services to any and all of the groups engaged in the committee to build capacity and to assist with, and improve, their functioning and well-being in the community.
Yorkton transitional Homes for Youth Inc. – “YTHY Independent Living Program” project
The YTHY Independent Living Program is intend to assist youth between the ages of 17 to 25 who have left the transition homes, the youth turning 18 and preparing to leave the transition home, youth from the Ministry on section 56, youth referred form Yorkton Tribal Council (YTC) who have found themselves in the city without supports, and youth from any other programs in the city. The outreach worker will on:
- Relationship skills: partner with local agencies to develop community resources; Partner with home mentor and caseworkers to assist youth through next steps; connecting with clients who have left the homes and remain available to young adults in the community
- Assessment and case planning: complete an assessment to identify individual needs; develop a plan of action with each individual; support in making short, medium and long term goals
- Life skills: assists in client money management and budgeting; support client n resumes and job searching; assist clients in completing education and developing a post secondary training plan; promote individual problem solving and decision making skills
- Advocacy: model self advocacy for clients; assist young adults to practice self help and non violent safety plans; ensure support services are individualized and client based; accompany young adults when asked to attend meetings and appointments