Outreach Support Services Initiative
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Seven cities in Alberta will receive approximately $82.6 million to help homeless Albertans reclaim lives of dignity and independence as part of the Outreach Support Services Initiative. Funds will go towards permanent supportive housing and support services to help address homelessness. Alberta Health is also providing $5 million from the Addiction and Mental Health Strategy to the ministry of Human Services.
- Under the Outreach Support Services Initiative, approximately $82.6 million will be provided to community-based organizations (CBOs). These organizations provide funding to homeless serving agencies in seven cities in Alberta, (Edmonton, Calgary, Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, Red Deer, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge).
- The amount of funding provided is based on a formula that is related to community need.
- CBOs who are receiving the funding were required to provide a plan for the use of the funding. This planning process involved input from local stakeholders.
- Alberta will continue to work with community-based organizations to ensure provincially-supported initiatives align to local priorities and reflect local plans to end homelessness.
- As part of the 10 year plan, government will be exploring ways to ensure that the plan is truly provincial. The government will look at the needs of smaller centres and how the strategies that have proven successful can be used in a smaller community.
- Progress is being made to help those who are homeless as reflected by statistics on the implementation of the 10-year plan.
- Nearly 10,000 Albertans experiencing homelessness have been provided housing and supports
- Over 3,200 have graduated from Housing First programming and have achieved a high level of self-sufficiency.
- Of the individuals who have received support to help them break the cycle of poverty, approximately 73 per cent remain housed.
Funding allocation: $39.1 million
- Permanent supportive housing programs for individuals and families impacted by severe addictions, medical and psychiatric diagnosis and having criminal justice involvement.
- High intensity case management will be provided for homeless individuals, youth and families who have severe addictions, medical and psychiatric diagnosis and criminal justice involvement.
Funding allocation: $26.3 million
- Various programs including intensive case management teams that provide housing and support to individuals and families.
- Winter Emergency Response programs that provide additional support to emergency shelters during the cold winter months.
Funding allocation: $3.3 million
- Permanent Supportive Housing for chronically homeless clients.
Funding allocation: $3.6 million
- Housing programs that provide a place to live and offer support to address the underlying causes of homelessness by offering medical and psychiatric case management, life skills training, landlord liaison assistance, and addictions counselling.
- Winter Emergency Response System that provides a mat program during cold weather.
Funding allocation: $3.5 million
- Shelter Triage program, which administers a housing assessment tool for homeless individuals before transferring them to Housing First programs.
Funding allocation: $4.1 million
- Housing First programs, including wrap around supports that address the causes of homelessness so individuals can work toward building healthier and independent lives.
- Research and analysis activities to better understand program effectiveness and set priorities.
Funding allocation: $2.8
- Permanent supportive housing programs.
- Rapid re-housing programs providing short-term housing and support services for homeless individuals and families.
- Winter emergency support services.
Funding from the Addictions and Mental Health Strategy is outlined below.
Lethbridge - $1M – To be used for a temporary program addressing the needs of emergency shelter users with addictions and mental health problems. This will be a short-term program until the new permanent supportive housing project is operated by Covenant Health in approximately two years.
Calgary - $2M – To be used to support two to three new high intensity case management programs targeting chronically homeless coming out of the health or corrections system. Those to receive assistance are the homeless with mental health and addictions issues.
Edmonton - $2M
This funding will be used for permanent supportive housing programs related to addictions and mental health.