Rural & Remote Current Funded Partners
Rural and Remote HPS 2018-2019 Funded Projects
Battlefords Urban Native Housing Corporation – “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.
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.
Nipawin Oasis Community Centre Co-operative Ltd. – “Nipawin Oasis Community Centre Support Services” project
Hiring of a Homelessness and Housing First coordinator to coordinate and deliver the following:
- Housing placement and housing loss prevention - working with landlords and tenants. Assist with 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 and providing education 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 culturally relevant supports to attend the cultural, parenting, literacy, nutrition programming and additional support services at the Oasis
- Connect Housing First clients to benefits, supports, clinical, health and treatment services through more intensive case management.
Develop partnerships, liaison and integrate services to support the needs of HF clients and/or establish case management team where none exists.
- Connect clients to permanent housing,
- Provide support services to improve the self-sufficiency of chronically and episodically homeless individuals and families in the Housing First program through individualized services and supports.
- Provide support to maintain the housing - Facilitating access to housing, Providing emergency housing funding as required and within application guidelines, Provide Landlord-tenant services to prevent eviction
- Provide transportation for supports and services and emergent needs
- Partnership Development to prepare for possibly becoming a "Champion Community"
- Developing partnerships with the goal of developing supportive permanent housing in Nipawin for the chronic and episodically homeless.
- Gathering, sharing, and disseminating information on:
the size and composition of the homeless and imminently at-risk populations, including how the size and/or composition are changing over time;
- the progress made in preventing and reducing homelessness;
- the tracking and monitoring of the activities;
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.
Qu'appelle Valley Friendship Centre - "Indigenous Homelessness Project"
The Qu'Appelle Valley Friendship Centre (QVFC) Indigenous Homelessness Project is designed to intake and assess needs of homeless clientele, provide basic supports and referral services to prevent and reduce homelessness and improve the self-sufficiency of individuals and families who are chronically or episodically homeless or at risk of being homeless or are a part of the hidden homeless population in the urban Indigenous community of Fort Qu'Appelle and area. Clientele shall be those who are homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless. The overarching goal is to reduce the clients likelihood of remaining or ending up homeless.
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