Regina Homelessness Community Advisory Board (RHCAB)

The Regina Homelessness Community Advisory Board (RHCAB) is the local organizing committee responsible for setting direction in addressing homelessness within our community. While they are responsible for Reaching Home funding decisions, their role goes beyond that. They work to encourages partnership building and are involved with aligning efforts to end and prevent homelessness throughout the community. They identify priorities through a planning process, determine which projects should be implemented to address those priorities and reports back to the larger community on the efforts made and results achieved in preventing and reducing homelessness. They have also initiated and are guiding the process of a Plan To End Homelessness in Regina.

On the Regina Homelessness Community Advisory Board, 4 out of the 9 current members are Indigenous community leaders, including the Board Vice Chair. During Regina’s point in time count of homelessness in 2015, 75% of those counted and surveyed were Indigenous, making it clear that the conversation surrounding homelessness disproportionately impacts this community. As a leadership group in the community, RHCAB knows it’s crucial to engage the Indigenous community and ensure this process is led and supported by Indigenous leaders in the community.

For inquiries about funding opportunities, email:

Regina Community Advisory Board Members

  • Jennifer Barrett, City of Regina (Board Chair)
  • Pamela Sanderson, Newo Yotina Friendship Centre (Board Vice-Chair)
  • Robert Byers, Namerind Housing Corporation
  • Susan Hollinger, Ministry of Social Services
  • Dawn Jacobs, Saskatchewan Health Authority
  • Lana Phillips, Saskatchewan Housing Corporation
  • Bruce McKee, Community Member
  • Jo-anne Goodpipe, First Nations University of Canada
  • CURRENTLY VACANT, Regina Police Services Cultural Relations Unit

Current Funded Partners

Regina 2019 – 2020

Carmichael Outreach – “Rapid Re-Housing” project

Rapid Re-housing support for a variety of cases, which will include, but not be limited to:

  • Those facing housing crises (e.g., homeless or may become homeless) who need quick assistance with securing stable housing.
  • Clients referred through the Centralized Housing Intake Process table.
  • Those who cannot be housed through CHIP. If on a wait list or are ineligible, they can come to Carmichael for quick turnaround support.
  • Referrals from other agencies (e.g., Mobile Crisis, Phoenix, etc.). We will ensure that other agencies are aware of our program and can refer clients here.
  • Complex clients who require follow-up support after receiving our assistance.
  • Other miscellaneous needs (treatment facilities, job applications, etc).

North Central Family Centre – “NCFC Homelessness Supports Program” project

NCFC’s Homelessness Supports Program is in partnership with Regina Work Preparation Centre (RWPC) to provide wrap-around housing, employment and core resource support to clients throughout the city and those moving into the city.

Our Homelessness Supports Program consists of the following:

  • Support services: Finding housing for clients; housing referrals; housing advocacy: liaise with Ombudsmen and Regina Housing Authority; find rental properties; workshops on renter’s rights; food referrals; health referrals; provision of supplies
  • Bridge to labour market – our partnership with RWPC will result in:
  • Stronger relationships with reserves by developing a supportive relationship before moving
  • RWPC linking clients to NCFC
  • Employment supports for clients by linking clients to RWPC
  • Connecting clients to income supports: Assistance with social assistance and disability applications
  • Life skills development: Workshops on parenting skills, FASD prevention, addictions awareness, anti-bullying, anger management
  • Connecting clients to education: referrals to and assistance with applications to all levels of education including participation in pre-
  • GED program through NCFC
  • Culturally relevant responses: spiritual resources, counselling and referrals to elders
  • Identifying, integrating and improving services: integrating the services of NCFC and RWPC to reduce barriers to stable housing and secure employment
  • Partnerships and development in support of systems approach to homelessness: partnership with RWPC to ensure support for clients and opportunities for employment, following the Homeless Hub’s systems approach of: service alignment, information-sharing and streamlined assessment to Regina

They also take referrals from the Centralized Housing Intake Process table.

Phoenix Residential Society – “Phoenix HOMES” Housing First pilot project

Phoenix HOMES will work with individuals in the community who are chronically or episodically homeless from a collaborative community approach. In order to provide an extensive community approach, The Housing First Team would provide training and support in terms of Housing First Readiness for the CSOs. These training sessions will ensure that all parties have the proper assessments and training manuals.

The Housing First team will consist of one Supervisor/Housing Locator, Intensive Case Managers, Intake/Assessment worker and Housing Support Workers. A Cultural Liaison position was also hired to provide necessary cultural supports to the Indigenous clientele and ensure a holistic approach is available to them.

Potential clients will be referred through partner CSOs using the VI-SPDAT assessment. If found eligible, they will meet with the Intake/Assessment worker to complete the SPDAT assessment. If the client is deemed eligible for Housing First services, they will then meet with the Supervisor to secure housing and be assigned an Intensive Case Manager at this time.

When the team initially starts working with a client, the Supervisor meets with the client to discuss housing preference including area, amenities, housing type (house, apartment, accessibility, and etc). From there, applications are submitted to the various landlords depending on availability and preference of the client. Phoenix HOMES has been working with various landlords throughout the city. The HOMES team would continue to develop these positive landlord relationships throughout the community in order to increase existing housing stock. The team will provide extensive support to both the tenant and landlord in order to assist in maintaining residency and build the tenant-landlord relationships. As per the Housing First model, the team will provide assistance in relocating individuals as needed if the tenancy fails. The team will also work with each client to ensure they are aware of tenant rights and responsibilities and involve each client as much as possible.

Support services are a key element in order to maintain housing. The Intensive Case Managers will work with each participant to conduct ongoing SPDAT assessment in order to track and direct necessary supports. These support services offered are very individualized and currently range from seeing a participant bi-weekly to seeing them three times per day on a daily basis, depending on what the needs of the individual are.

The overall goal of the program is to provide immediate access to housing and intensive support services to clients who are chronically or episodically homeless with the focus being on those that have the highest levels of acuity. The supports offered are intended to produce overall housing stability and community integration toward the overarching goal of maintaining permanent housing, participation in treatment services, and a decreased utilization of public and emergency services.

Piapot First Nation “Rapid Re-Housing Team” project

This team will work to improve the self-sufficiency of First Nation homeless men and those at risk of homelessness through individualized services in Regina. Staff will provide the tools, skills, knowledge and abilities required and taught in the home to maintain successful housing. We will determine the needs and incorporate the lifestyle changes for Indigenous men within Regina. Survival skills are assured using a home-care strategy that establishes house rules for residents, incorporates cooking and meal plans, safety and health plans, promotes mentoring, on-the-job training upon completion of life skills and financial management skills in budgeting, shopping and parenting, first aid and job search techniques.

While services are being delivered part of the team will be collaborate and coordinate discussions with provincial & federal key partners and NGOs for additional services to be provided and funding like training opportunities for clients throughout the project. We anticipate there will be weekly & monthly activities, as we utilize and connect to social media and coordinate website development. Meetings with mens input & preferences for needs based & strengths-based considerations in planning, community connections, assessments, services. Group & individual meetings, outreach will initiate individual files for case planning. Mens placements will be a priority targeted for mid-late April or Early May (Month 2) & on-going for incoming clients. Medical, dental and physical assessments, group therapy & counselling, mental health issues and addictions treatment, trauma & abuse, domestic violence workshops. Individuals will be assessed and referrals made for support services at onset & throughout first quarter. Outreach workers & drivers will assist in harm-reduction measures, care-plans, supervision, safety, security, shelter options, mini snack prep, appropriate clothing, hygiene-checks, disability challenges, court appearance issues and child protection cases as able. This team will take referrals for housing from the Centralized Housing Intake Process table.

Regina Treaty Status Indian Services Inc. “Rapid Re-Housing Partnership” project

RT/SIS’ Rapid Re-Housing Partnership is focised on supporting multiple barrier clients in accessing emergency and transitional housing, while also providing clients with access to a range of aditional supports to address barriers related to wellness, addictions, cultural healing, employment and training. The majority of HPS funding will be directed to hiring a Program Coordinator and Client Support workers to support the clients. This program will work closely with Silver Sage Housing and RT/SIS’s First Nations Family Support Centre. They will also take referrals from the Centralized Housing Intake Process table. They will support clients in housing placement andpreventing housing loss, connecting clients to income support, pre-employment support and bridging to the labour market. They will also provide access to life skills programming and to support and improve clients social integration.

RT/SIS Rapid Re-Housing Partnership will also connect clients with other service delivery providers for access to services such as education, training, family supports and wellness programs.

Street Workers Advocacy Project – “Building Bridges in Community” project

The Community Outreach Workers will provide intensive stabilization services to support clients in securing and maintaining housing. This will include providing assistance in locating potential housing, transportation to viewing appointments, advocating with landlords and financial workers, and assistance in securing household furnishing and basic necessities. The Community Outreach Workers will also provide referrals to life skills, employment and educational upgrading programming when appropriate, as well as referrals for addictions, Detox and treatment programming. The Community Outreach Workers will serve as the agency liaison and team lead in networking with other community agencies and landlords. This team will primarily take referrals from the Centralized Housing Intake Process table.

Street Culture Project – “Youth Supported Housing Operations and Resource Education (Y-SHORE)” project

The program will offer support and learning opportunities for youth to develop skills, set goals, prepare for and are supported in independent living. With the help of the program and wraparound support, youth will fully understand the responsibilities of living independently and will be able to find a stable place to live. Some of the concerns the program will help alleviate would be financial issues, lease violations, unsafe accommodations, avoidable evictions and basic life skill building. Additionally, the program will have the youth living independently with weekly group meetings with youth to discuss any problem areas or concerns, group grocery shopping, group laundry, group life skill building as well as one on one time with case workers to encourage healthy living and lifestyle.

As one of the key populations at risk for long-term homelessness and that much of our community’s homeless population is youth as well as the fact that many adults currently experiencing homelessness began experiencing it as youth as demonstrated by our community’s PIT count, is imperative that in our community’s shift toward Housing First that we focus on developing a response based on the needs of youth.

YWCA Regina – “Rapid Rehousing Team for Women” project

YWCA Regina project is a coordinated housing placement and retention team which serves women and families in Regina. The team will receive training to ensure fidelity with best practices in Rapid Rehousing and Housing First practices, and will use SPDAT and VI-SPDAT as their primary assessment and monitoring tool. Referrals to the team will come from the Centralized Housing Intake Process table. The team will work closely with other Rapid Rehousing teams, Housing First teams, and crisis services (shelters, MCS, etc) to ensure integration of efforts.

This project represents a major step forward for service to moderate acuity women and children in Regina experiencing homelessness. Moving these positions from serving two shelter populations to focusing on serving women based on acuity/need throughout Regina through a coordinated system of care will mean that the right level of service will be offered, ensuring that women are not under or over served – a critical component of any service aligned with Housing First principles.