Engaging The Community

The Design Labs focused on a number of priority issues identified by the community at the Summit for Regina’s Plan to End Homelessness we hosted in March of 2018. Community participants were very eager to tackle several issues at the Summit in an inclusive and respectful manner.

It was imperative to this process to have key stakeholders join the discussion and be active participants in the Design Labs. This was a process of empowerment, education, relationship building and reconciliation essential to building our Plan to meet the needs of our entire community. Each Design Lab was scheduled for two hours and included introductions, objective setting, issue overview, clarifying deliverables, setting boundaries, breakout sessions, discussion and action planning.

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Design Lab/Community Consultation Topics

Exploring ways to integrate responses for women into a broader system response, with a particular emphasis on how domestic violence factors into this.

Exploring ways that mainstream agencies can be responsive to TRC Calls to Action via Plan implementation and strategy.

Focus on development and implementation of key youth strategies into Plan.

We will explore how current harm reduction approaches can be enhanced to best support the Plan.

Embedding research, evaluation, and evidence-based practices in Plan roll-out will enhance impact and continuous improvement. This session will explore the role of researchers and identify key research priorities to support implementation.

Focus on strategies that address particular needs of newcomers experiencing homelessness.

Regina’s faith community has made considerable investments in addressing social issues; we will explore areas where this role can be enhanced in advancing the Plan.

Develop strategies for action to further engage landlords in supporting and championing the plan to end homelessness – also engage in conversation about what rent supports are needed to maintain housing for people.

Building short and long term actionable strategies aimed at direct causes of homelessness in order to stop the flow into the homeless-serving system. This conversation will focus on short & immediate actions that can “kick-start” diversion work.