Come and learn about the founding, struggles and success of Victoria’s SuperIntent City, an encampment of people experiencing homelessness that led to the creation of hundreds of units of new housing.
What: Forum on Victoria, B.C.’s SuperIntent City
When: November 1, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: London Public Library Central Branch, 251 Dundas Street, Tonda Room
Ana McBee (SIC Society, Super InTent City)
Kim A. Hines (LEAC, Committee to End Homelessness Victoria)
Presented by the Lived Experience Advisory Council with support from the Maytree Foundation in conjunction with the National Conference on Ending Homelessness.
The City of London, in cooperation with the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness (CAEH) is seeking volunteers to assist with the Canadian Conference on Ending Homelessness held in LondonNovember 2 to November 4, 2016. Volunteers are needed throughout the conference.
They are requesting that you forward your completed application package (electronic application is below) to the Board of Directors, staff and volunteers.
Please see the attached information and application for details on how volunteers can support the Conference and help showcase the City of London. Please submit applications by Monday, September 26, 2016 to the Homeless Prevention Team, City of London at jjackson at london.ca.
Please note, volunteers must be 18 years of age or older and have a current Police Vulnerable Sector Check or Letter of Verification from their place of work or volunteer.
To learn more about CAEH and this event visit their website at www.caeh.ca
CAEH16 Volunteer Flyer
Housing First Homeless Prevention Funding Application 2016-2018
In cooperation with the London Homeless Coalition, the City of London is accepting applications for Housing First Homeless Prevention Projects. The funding is provided by The Government of Canada under the Homelessness Partnering Strategy.
Funding is available from April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2018 for short term projects.
Eligible projects must fall under London’s Homeless Prevention System Implementation Plan, apply a Housing First approach; and, be time limited to March 31, 2018.
Deadline to apply for these funds is Friday, September 16, 2016.
For more information and to apply visit: http://www.london.ca/residents/homeless-prevention/Pages/be-involved.aspx
CMHA Middlesex gave a presentation on their Housing First program at the London Homeless Coalition’s general meeting on May 2, 2016. From their website:
The Housing First program works with individuals with mental health and housing issues to build stability and prevent homelessness. The team helps individuals to find and secure housing in the community and offers time-limited intensive support for housing stability.
The supports that are available are:
- Finding and securing permanent housing
- Support with daily living skills (cooking and cleaning)
- Support with community appointments, grocery shopping, etc
- Financial and budgeting needs
- Building relationships, support networks and finding meaningful activities in the community
- Crisis management and prevention
- Substance use an addiction support
- Support with physical and mental health needs
- Connecting with other resources and services in the community
Some features of the program are:
- Participants can self-refer, and don’t need a formal mental health diagnosis.
- Participants are provided with customized supports for their individual needs.
- Customer choice and self-determination are emphasized.
- Easy access to program staff for both tenants and landlords.
Why is this issue important for homeless prevention advocacy?
“Housing First” is an effective, results-based, recovery-oriented approach to ending homelessness that focuses on quickly moving people experiencing homelessness into independent and permanent housing, and then providing additional supports and services as needed. It is an approach first popularized by Sam Tsemberis and Pathways to Housing in New York in the 1990s, though there were Housing First-like programs emerging elsewhere, including Canada (HouseLink in Toronto) prior to this time. The basic underlying principle of Housing First is that people are better able to move forward with their lives if they are first housed. This is as true for people experiencing homelessness and those with mental health and addictions issues as it is for anyone. Housing is provided first and then supports are provided including physical and mental health, education, employment, substance abuse and community connections. (From the Homeless Hub website, here)
To learn more about CMHA Middlesex’s Housing First program, visit their website below.
London CAReS is currently hiring for three positions:
- Housing Selection Worker
- Street Outreach Worker (full-time)
- Street Outreach Worker (relief)
For more information about these positions and how to apply, please see the job descriptions below.
Housing Selection Worker
Street Outreach Worker _FT_
Street Outreach Worker _Relief_