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Integrated Housing and Supports Framework (IHSF) Committee

Chair: Jane Manning, Representing the former Alberta Secretariat for Action on Homelessness

The IHSF Committee is contributing to the development of an Integrated Housing and Supports Framework, which will address the housing needs of Albertans through a comprehensive integrated system of appropriate housing options and supports.

The Framework will guide the increased integration of regional housing and homelessness planning, funding, service delivery, and monitoring at government and community levels.

Objectives of integrating housing and supports systems

  • The Framework is intended to guide the shared efforts of stakeholders to improve how housing and supports are planned, funded, delivered and monitored.
  • The Framework will guide the integration of systems that are geared to support Albertans who are experiencing a range of short or long term challenges, but who share the commonality of needing some form of support or assistance to obtain or maintain safe, secure, affordable, permanent housing.
  • Bringing government- and community-managed housing together with social programs that improve people's ability to maintain their housing will improve shared outcomes and reduce systemic gaps.

Scope of the Framework

  • Functions: the Framework will guide how planning, funding, service delivery, and monitoring of housing and programming are integrated across the multiple systems that play a role in providing support to Albertans who need assistance to obtain or maintain their housing.
  • Housing circumstances: the Framework will apply to the full Housing and Supports Spectrum, which ranges from un-sheltered or "rough sleeping" to subsidized housing.
  • Geographic: the Framework will identify regions to enable flexibility in the governance of local housing and homeless systems, taking into account regional migration of people who are seeking housing-related services, while providing 100% geographic coverage of Alberta.

Principles of the Framework:

The following concepts are foundational to the Framework:

  • Populations who should benefit from the Framework include all Albertans who are without stable, permanent, appropriate housing, or who require support to maintain their housing. This includes but is not limited to specialized populations, such as Aboriginal people, youth, seniors, women fleeing violence, newcomers, and persons with disabilities.
  • The Framework is strengths-based.  Housing and supports must recognize and build from the strengths of individuals, while allowing for customization to meet the unique needs of individuals.  Similarly, changes to Alberta’s housing and supports systems should build from strengths and recent successes.
  • A balance of provincial consistency and local flexibility remains essential to the success of the Framework.
  • Alberta’s housing and supports systems will continue to evolve.  The Framework must similarly have the ability to evolve to ensure the needs of Albertans are addressed.
  • The Framework aligns with Alberta's Social Policy Framework.
  • Implementation of the Framework will acknowledge and build upon existing systems-expertise that is highly specialized, locally relevant, and is continually informing practice for improved outcomes.

Linkages to Government of Alberta policy initiatives:

A Plan for Alberta: Ending Homelessness in 10 Years

  • A Plan for Alberta: Ending Homelessness in 10 Years “Coordinated Systems” as a priority area of focus, stating that “Ensuring governments, agencies, and communities work together in an integrated, efficient way towards shared objectives.” Strengthened integration of housing and homelessness systems will contribute to this priority.
  • The Council has concluded that reducing systems-level isolation and strengthening the integration of housing and homelessness systems within Alberta’s communities will advance partners’ collective efforts to achieve the goals of A Plan for Alberta: Ending Homelessness in 10 Years.

Housing Strategy for Alberta

  • Premier Prentice has mandated the Minister of Seniors to develop a provincial Housing Strategy that will provide a vision towards meeting Alberta’s long term housing needs.

Status Update:

  • The Council has adopted a definition of ‘Integration’ to guide its work on integrating housing and homelessness systems:
    Integration is interdependence between partners, who may have different mandates, to create a seamless system where all partners share responsibility and accountability in achieving agreed upon outcomes.
  • The Council has adopted the Alberta Housing and Supports Spectrum, which identifies the scope of the housing types and range of supports that should be addressed by the Framework.
  • The Council has provided its report to the Government of Alberta that will inform the integration of housing and homelessness systems within communities.  This report included the recommendations that:
    • The Government of Alberta pursue consultations with organizations across the province to understand how greater integration of local housing and homelessness systems can be achieved
    • Current community processes, systems, and relationships, including mandated obligations and formal agreements remain in place while partners work together to determine how deeper integration across the Housing and Supports Spectrum will be achieved
    • the Framework's implementation will be a phased, multi-year process, that will informed by on-going engagement

Governance Committee

Chair: Aaron Barner, Representing First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Organizations

The Governance committee oversees the operational framework through which the Council fulfills its mandate and responsibilities to the Minister.

Committee Priorities:

  • Production of an annual progress report on the Council’s efforts to advance the objectives of A Plan for Alberta: Ending Homelessness in 10 Years
  • Oversight of member engagement, recruitment, orientation, and development activities
  • Monitor and promote good governance practices within Council operations

Status Update:

  • Developed a comprehensive governance package that addresses the Council’s operational parameters.
  • Adopted the Council’s vision, outcomes and priorities.
  • Adopted new member orientation and engagement protocols
  • Produced the 2013/14 Progress Report on Housing and Homelessness in Alberta

Prevention Committee

Chair: Diane Randell, Representing Family Community and Support Services (FCSS)

The Prevention Committee is examining how the concept of the “prevention of homelessness” should be defined and applied within the context of an integrated system that is designed to prevent and end homelessness.

Status Update:

  • Adopted the definition of prevention as it applies within the context of A Plan for Alberta: Ending Homelessness in 10 Years.
  • Examined the linkages between the Council and other GoA initiatives, (e.g. Social Policy Framework, Poverty Reduction Strategy, Early Childhood Development, and Children’s Charter).
  • Contributed a housing and homelessness lens to the Together We Raise Tomorrow poverty-reduction policy initiative being led by the Government of Alberta.
  • Initiated a partnership with the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness to develop a policy- and practice-relevant framework for homeless prevention.
  • Accepted the Demonstrating Diversion Concepts within an Alberta Context to differentiate the concepts of prevention, diversion, and rapid re-housing, and contextualize “diversion” as it relates to the prevention of homelessness.

Research Committee

Rotating Chair

The Research Committee is identifying research priorities that will inform the work of the Council and advance the implementation of A Plan for Alberta: Ending Homelessness in 10 Years.

Status Update:

Specialized Populations

Chair: Jaime Rogers, Representing 7 Cities Group

The Specialized Populations committee will focus on strategies to ensure Aboriginal people, youth, seniors, women and families fleeing violence, refugees, immigrants and in-migrants, and people with disabilities have access to specialized housing and support services that are tailored to their unique circumstances and experiences.

Status Update:

  • Endorsed the creation of the Plan to Prevent and Reduce Youth Homelessness in Alberta in order to address the unique needs of this specific population.
  • Council will provide strategic advice on the implementation of the Youth Plan, in alignment with A Plan for Alberta: Ending Homelessness in 10 Years.
  • Developed the foundations of strategic recommendations that will support Aboriginal people, youth, seniors, women and families fleeing violence, newcomers, and other sub-populations to have access to specialized housing and support services that are tailored to their unique circumstances and experiences.

Funding and Investment Committee

Chair: Vacant

The Funding and Investment Committee examines investment strategies and opportunities required to achieving the successful implementation of A Plan for Alberta.

Status Update:

  • Reviewed and assessed capital investments made in support of A Plan for Alberta, in relation to the investment targets identified in the Plan.
  • Council has submitted to the Government of Alberta a Framework for Homeless Capital and Supports Funding that, if adopted, will strengthen accountability of government-funded development and expedite delivery of outstanding capital projects for housing.
  • Committee is examining alternative funding models and investment approaches, and assessing their potential to provide sustainable and long-term sources of financing for housing development and service delivery.
Created:
Modified: 2015-02-26
PID: 17302