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
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.
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.
Cumberland Regional College- Nipawin – “Confronting Homelessness by Empowering & Engaging Community” project
The intent of this project is to gather data that will assist in developing a comprehensive community-wide strategic approach to deal with the issues of homelessness and to provide consistent support services that directly impact homelessness. The Homeless Support Coordinator will be key in providing leadership in gathering data and coordinating resources to address the complex issues creating homelessness.
Homeless Support Coordinator key initiatives:
- Identifying, integrating, and improving services;
- Partnerships and development in support of systems approach to homelessness
- Develop a sustainable case management process with service agencies ensuring on-going partnership through a SWOT analysis of existing supports at the interagency level.
- Create venues for public education regarding the impact of homelessness so that individuals, groups and homeless people begin to understand their role in helping to combat homelessness. This will be conducted via community information sessions held at Cumberland College
- Identifying the size and make-up of the entire homeless population and build relationships with homeless people to access needs via community outreach;
- Local research, information collection and sharing
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