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1 Partnering to End Homelessness in Newfoundland & Labrador PAST - PRESENT - FUTURE

2 Who We Are? Governed by a Provincial Board of Directors with 4 staff positions Membership includes over 170 community-based organizations, health care providers, municipal, provincial and federal departments NLHHN has a newsletter distribution list of over 700 Committed to working collaboratively and creatively on issues relating to housing & homelessness GOALS: Prevent & end homelessness Ensure housing stability

3 Strategies Collaboration and policy development Capacity Building: Recruitment, retention, training and professional development Research & data co-ordination Increase awareness, knowledge transfer and networking

4 11 Regional Community Advisory Boards (CABs) St. John’s Marystown - Burin Peninsula Clarenville - Bonavista Grand Falls – Windsor Corner Brook Stephenville Happy Valley/Goose Bay Labrador West Carbonear - Baccalieu Gander-New-Wes-Valley Coast of Bays Mount Pearl & Northern Peninsula NL Housing & Homelessness Network

5 We engage and help inform….. Municipal Plans Government consultations Poverty Reduction Strategy Supportive Living Program Community Advisory Boards Research development (HIFIS, NLSA, etc.) Housing Support Workers in rural communities Canadian Home Builders Association and other community partners

6 Present… OrgCODE Consulting – Key provincial study and recommendations recently released – New Steering committee formed Increased understanding/engagement of CABS Re-visioning and strengthening of Network priorities The increasing need/complex issue of mental health and addictions Implementation of Federal “Housing First” model Start-up of Pleasantville operations

7 Challenges & Struggles Need for adequate annual funding Federal and provincial program delivery Vast geography / expense $$ Maintaining effective communications Rural-urban divide Meeting the needs of all members Creating/maintaining strong relationships Growing /diverse needs in the sector

8 Policy & Collaboration Residential Tenancies Act – Review & Consultations “NIMBY” Toolkit NAVNET - Navigators and Networks NLHC Consultations Partnering with the NL Statistics Agency - NLSA National projects: National CABs Network, HR Council, CHRA Labrador HDC oversight committee

9 Capacity Building: Training and Professional Development Training for Shelter Staff & Housing Support Workers Annual NLHHN Provincial Conference, NAVNET workshops National: CHRA Congress, CAEH Annual Conference Community Action Plans & Toolkits NLHHN Provincial Learning Centre

10 Inform Housing & Homelessness Issues Through Research & Data Co-ordination Homelessness Individual Family Information System (HIFIS) - Community Coordinator Promoting Data Excellence NL Housing Statistics Co-ordinating Committee HR Council Committees Research on poverty and homelessness Point in Time (PIT) Counts - HPS

11 Awareness, Networking & Knowledge Transfer Network Newsletter (“Network News”) Public Presentations: CMHA, Canadian Medical Association, MUN – Harris Centre 25 NL Community Pancake Breakfasts Raising the Roof Toque Campaign Presentations @ MUN, Schools, Rotary, Government consultations “What is Home?”- Provincial Awareness Campaign Sleep Out 120 event Attendance at selected conferences

12 Areas To Strengthen Support & strengthen CABs Sharing knowledge effectively Partnering with municipalities Strengthen leadership in policy, research & data Use technology more effectively (Learning Centre) Forging new partnerships Enhance professional development – responsive to need Support HSWs in collaboration & capacity building

13 Future….. Pleasantville development – new office space, NLHHN Learning Centre, social enterprise cafe ORGCODE Recommendations Provincial Advisory Committee for CABs Municipal engagement Strengthen relationship with government: NLH, Poverty Reduction, Health, Rural Secretariat, VNPS Help strengthen individual CABs and review community plans

14 2014-15 NLHHN Pleasantville Development 36 Affordable Housing Units (City of St. John’s & NLHC) NLHHN Provincial Offices A Provincial Learning Centre New Social Enterprise – Coffee Shop

15 NLHHN Provincial Learning Centre Capacity of 85 people Room can be split with dividing wall Catering on site Full Audio-Visual setup Goal – Full Provincial Outreach via the Web

16 NLHHN Social Enterprise – Community Cafe Capacity of 35 Real need for the service in the area Revenues will help fund Network activities Will offer specialized employment opportunities to service organizations Catering the Learning Centre

17 The Network Way Collaboration, partnership & coordination No need to reinvent the wheel – what’s working? Communities understand the unique needs of each of their regions Continue to build on the sector’s capacity Continue to take a provincial approach ensuring everyone has a voice!

18 “Your Network… Your Voice” It is…

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