Update of the Regional Homelessness Plan
The Greater Vancouver Regional Steering Committee on Homelessness (RSCH) is responsible for working towards the implementation of the regional homelessness plan in Metro Vancouver and for monitoring and updating the plan as required.
The first regional homelessness plan was developed in 2001 and was updated in 2003. This plan, known as ‘Three Ways to Home’, set out broad policy directions for addressing homelessness in the Metro Vancouver region. It identified gaps in the continuum of housing and services and strategies for action. The plan has served as a template for other sub‐regional plans –– including efforts by municipalities, neighborhoods, and private foundations that are committed to a structured approach to addressing homelessness.
The regional landscape of homelessness has changed since 2003, necessitating a new plan that will:
· Continue to provide a basis for regional discussions about homelessness and the search for solutions to homelessness;
· Continue to provide a framework for the planning, coordination and development of housing, services and supports for people who are homeless;
· Reflect current research and best practices;
· Reflect the views of all key stakeholders; and
· Increase public support and promote new partnerships to end and prevent homelessness.
Regional Consultation on Housing First, July 2013
The purpose of this session was to learn more about what Housing First means in our region and to identify some of the issues involved in moving in this direction.
In summary, workshop participants identified the following ideas as most important in a Housing First approach:
· The principle that housing is a right
· Immediate access to barrier-free, permanent housing
· Housing choice – type of housing and location
· Housing and services
· Client-centred services – focused on individual needs
· Flexibility – so this approach can work for all population groups who are homeless and hidden homeless, including people at risk of homelessness, and including youth, families and Aboriginal people
The RSCH plans to organize follow-up discussions on what Housing First means for Metro Vancouver as part of the consultation process for the new Regional Homelessness Plan.
Regional Homelessness Plan Schedule
Let’s Talk Ending Homelessness Consultations
July 24, 2014
Draft Plan provided to CT for approval
Sept 11, 2014
Final Draft Plan
Sept 30, 2014
Next steps: Estimate Costs to Implement the Plan, Consultation, Implementation Plan, and Endorsement
Update of the Regional Homeless Plan Project Documents:
Inventory of Shelter, Housing and Support Services 2014
Terms of Reference for the Update of the Regional Homelessness Plan
Inventory of Homeless Services and Facilities (available upon request firstname.lastname@example.org)Further community consultations on the new Regional Homelessness Plan will take place in the October/November. The purpose will be to identify key priorities and strategies to end and prevent homelessness. Discussion papers will be prepared on key issues, including Housing First, Prevention, and Capacity Building. Stay tuned!
Videos on Housing First & Planning to End Homelessness
Want to learn more about Housing First?
Calgary Homeless Foundation Video on Housing First
Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness Webcast on Housing First and Why it Works
Boys and Girls Club of Calgary Housing First for Youth
Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness Developing an Effective 10 Year Plan
Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness Data Driven Systems to End Homelessness