The Plan To End Homelessness in Regina
What if we could end homelessness in Regina? Imagine, not as a far off impossible dream, but as concrete action that can make this a reality. Steps that can be taken to move us towards the reality of people getting the help they need, housed and supported, efficiently and with dignity and respect. That is what we are working towards with our Plan To End Homelessness in Regina.
Through an extensive Call For Proposal process, the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness, Turner Strategies, and A Way Home Canada were selected to help lead the development of the Plan To End Homelessness in Regina. Through the Government of Canada's Homelessness Partnering Strategy, $60,000 was committed to building this plan. The City of Regina has matched the funding, recognizing the need for Regina to have a comprehensive plan in place.
"An end to homelessness is absolutely possible," says Stephen Gaetz of the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness. "A lot of great work has been happening in Regina over the past years and we have a lot of great examples from across Canada to look to as we strive for a robust response to homelessness. Ultimately we need strong and adequately resourced system approach that ensures homelessness is prevented whenever possible, and when it occurs, it is a rare, brief and non-recurring experience.”
The Canadian Observatory on Homelessness, along with Turner Strategies and A Way Home Canada, will spend the next 6-8 months (January 2018-August 2018) consulting with the community, and bringing their expertise to the plan. There will be a committee of community champions involved in the process from various sectors and organizations with a vested interest in an end to homelessness in Regina. They will ensure Regina ends up with an ambitious and achievable plan.
"We are excited to have their leadership and extensive expertise involved," notes Terin Kennedy, Director of The Plan To End Homelessness at the YMCA of Regina. "Right now, many in Regina are caught up in the shelter system with little hope of finding their own home. We want to change that, and believe it can happen with enough resources alongside the political and societal will to make it happen."
The goal is for a September 2018 release of the Plan. The final product will include a number of cost scenarios alongside target benchmarks to address homelessness for Regina, such as length of time individuals spend in homelessness, the level of housing support they have once they exit homelessness, and the rates of homelessness relapse once individuals have been housed. It will include a definition of Functional Zero for Regina, specifying what it will take for Regina to ensure any episodes of homelessness are rare, brief and non-recurring.