City of Red Deer approves funding to combat homelessness

At the Feb. 3 regular council meeting, Red Deer City Council endorsed the 2020-24 housing and homeless services funding allocations as recommended by the Community Housing Advisory Board (CHAB).

The City of Red Deer, through contractual agreements, is the Community Housing Plan Fund Administrator on behalf of the federal and provincial governments. CHAB acts as an advisory board to council on affordable housing, homelessness, services/activities related to the goal of ending homelessness, and funding allocation within the City of Red Deer community.

“Our community housing partners play an integral role in our community, supporting vulnerable citizens through the full housing spectrum,” said Mayor Tara Veer. “We are grateful for the continued funding we receive from the federal and provincial orders of government and the opportunity it provides our community to meet local housing needs.”

CHAB presented recommendations to city council for three funding streams that run from April 1, 2020, to March 31, 2024:

 2020/212021/222022/232023/24
Outreach & Support
Services Initiative
(OSSI)
Provincial
$ 3,252,332$ 3,252,332$ 3,252,332$ 3,252,332
Reaching Home
(Designated)
Federal
$ 548,002$ 576,653$ 572,153$ 572,153
Reaching Home
(Indigenous) –
Federal
$ 243,904TBDTBDTBD 

The funding recommendations were based on a competitive RFP process, which began in late 2019. The proposals were reviewed and evaluated by members of CHAB at their meeting on Jan. 28, 2020. Funding decisions were made considering the recently developed Community Housing and Homelessness Integrated Plan.  

In addition to these funding streams, CHAB recommended allocations for Community Capacity and Innovation (CCI) funding, which comes from the Reaching Home – Designated Stream. This provides funding for the Point-in-Time Homeless Count, Coordinated Access Administration and Innovation and Training Funds.

“This funding means we are able to continue supporting the community and housing individuals in need,” said Philippa Gregoire, Vice-Chair of the Community Housing Advisory Board. “Through a Coordinated Access Process, agencies will work together to house individuals experiencing homelessness in support of the shared goals of the Community Housing and Homelessness Integrated Plan – to implement a responsive, sustainable, safe and effective housing and homelessness response system.”

The full list of funding recipients will be available on the city’s website in the coming weeks.

For more information, please visit www.reddeer.ca/socialplanning.

-Ben Kerckx photo

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