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1 Ending Homelessness in Regina is A Plan, Not a Dream May 14, 2013

2 The punch line A boomtown phenomenon Reconsidering homelessness Housing is the easy part Plan to End Homelessness

3 Boomtown phenomenon YOU ARE HERE

4 Re-considering homelessness 85% transitionally homeless 8 to 11% episodically homeless 2 to 4% chronically homeless Take up 50 to 60% of shelter space Become homeless once & stay for years or in and out of homelessness repeatedly Cannot afford most affordable housing Have the most barriers to housing Fewest homeless services available Homelessness related to disability & poverty Highest users of public systems & most costly to system Highest needs (addiction, mental health, medical) Highest cost intervention Planning implication: priority, supports, affordability, form, NPO/govt build-own-operate Take up 50 to 60% of shelter space Become homeless once & stay for years or in and out of homelessness repeatedly Cannot afford most affordable housing Have the most barriers to housing Fewest homeless services available Homelessness related to disability & poverty Highest users of public systems & most costly to system Highest needs (addiction, mental health, medical) Highest cost intervention Planning implication: priority, supports, affordability, form, NPO/govt build-own-operate In and out of homelessness rapidly & usually with minimal help Lowest needs & therefore need least help Homelessness largely economic Most homeless services geared toward them Planning implication: general purpose affordable rental, market rental, rent supplements In and out of homelessness rapidly & usually with minimal help Lowest needs & therefore need least help Homelessness largely economic Most homeless services geared toward them Planning implication: general purpose affordable rental, market rental, rent supplements

5 Its cheaper to fix than ignore Pomeroy: $66,000 to $120,000/person/year inst. response (e.g. prison, psychiatric hospitals) vs. $13,000 to $18,000 for supportive housing Simon Fraser University: $55,000/person/year vs. housing and support costs of $37,000 Calgary: $134,000/person/year for chronically homeless vs. housing & support $10,000 to $20,000/person/year 2007: More than $320 million is spent every year in Calgary 2007: Cost of homelessness nationally = $4.6 Billion/year

6 10 Year Plans in a nutshell Mark a shift from managing homelessness to ending it Close the front door; open the back door, build the infrastructure and get better data. Over 350 U.S. jurisdictions have or are working on plans Plans to end homelessness taking hold in Canada: Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Grande Prairie, Fort McMurray, Victoria, Winnipeg, Saskatoon Alberta first & only province in Canada to have 10 Year Plan ©Copyright CAEH. All rights reserved 6

7 10 Year Plans work Calgary: 11.4% decrease from 2008 to winter 2012 ~1% decrease from 2008 to summer 2012 Edmonton: 30% decrease from 2008 to 2012 Fort McMurray: 42% decrease 2008 to 2010 Lethbridge: 51% decrease from 2008 to 2011 Medicine Hat: 40% reduction in shelter use 2008 to 2011 ©Copyright CAEH. All rights reserved 7

8 Alberta Over 6,600 Albertans experiencing homelessness have been provided housing and supports 10% reduction in emergency shelter use province wide since % province wide reduction in homelessness (PIT counts) since 2008 Over 1,600 people have graduated from Housing First programs Average 80 percent housing retention rate

9 Alberta Reduction in public system use by 6,600 Alberta Housing First clients: –61% fewer interactions with EMS –56% fewer emergency room visits –64% fewer days in hospital –59% fewer interactions with police –84% fewer days in jail –58% fewer court appearances

10 A couple thoughts on housing If youre in a hole stop digging Set priorities Lead, follow or get out of the way Market rental capacity is every bit as important as affordable housing – consider virtual affordable housing Building NPO sector capacity for affordable housing Operating risk Financial risk Housing management Real estate / development expertise Community integration Smaller buildings in more communities There will never be enough government money….

11 The punch line Homelessness is a boomtown phenomenon Re-thinking homelessness – priorities & barriers Housing is the easy part – consider supports & building a system of care Plan to End Homelessness

12 A Plan, Not a Dream

13 1 st National Conference on Ending Homelessness For more information or to register:

14 Thank You. For more information about CAEH, please visit or contact us at: CANADIAN ALLIANCE TO END HOMELESSNESS PO Box 15062, Aspen Woods PO Calgary, Alberta T3H 0N8 Tel: (403) Facebook:


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