Reaching Home

Rural & Remote

Rural & Remote Advisory Board (RRAB)

The Rural & Remote Advisory Board is the local organizing committee responsible for setting direction for addressing homelessness in the community or region.  Although there are several different types of Advisory Boards, every board has certain elements in common. It encourages partnership building. It goes beyond simply funding organizations – it is involved in aligning efforts to end and prevent homelessness throughout the community. It identifies priorities through a planning process, determines 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.

There is a secondary Rural & Remote funding stream specific to Indigenous homelessness that is managed by Provincial Metis Housing Corporation. They have a separate Board that serves in a similar function for a separate pool of funding. Both Community Entities and Boards are working to coordinate efforts in ending homelessness in Rural Saskatchewan.

For inquiries about funding opportunities, email:

Rural & Remote Advisory Board Members

  • Bill Hall, Food Banks of Saskatchewan
  • Holly Schick, Saskatchewan Seniors Mechanism
  • Lana Phillips, Saskatchewan Housing Corporation
  • Tim Gross, Saskatchewan Housing Corporation
  • Cherylynn Walters, Marieval Enterprises
  • Jo-Anne Dusel, PATHs

Current Funded Partners

Rural & Remote 2019 – 2020

Canadian Metis Heritage Corporation – Housing/Employment Support project

The project entails employment of a full time housing/employment coordinator as well as a part time support worker. Activities to include connecting clients to income support services, develop and implement life skills training programs, network with educational supports and other training programs, Work with local housing authorities, landlords, and rental agencies to provide safe, adequate and affordable housing opportunities. Support and advocate for clients in areas such as income security, food security, obtaining suitable housing, address the barriers to obtaining housing and employment, help meet the daily living needs of clients, and provide pre-employment support such as resume writing, job searching, job readiness and social skills. Provide programming, workshops and groups. Provide outreach services for those that may not be able to attend the centre for programs or that are transient and may not know how to access programming. Project may also employ a childcare worker for approimately four hours per week to allow parents to have safe and healthy care for children while they work on housing and employment. All programs to be delivered in a culturally diverse setting with access to an Elder for cultural support.

Nipawin Oasis Community Centre Co-operative Ltd. – “Nipawin Oasis Community Centre Support Services” project

Hiring of a Homelessness and Housing First coordinator to coordinate and deliver the following:

Support Services

  • Housing placement and housing loss prevention – working with landlords and tenants. Assist with removal of garbage and furniture, prevention of bed bugs, and education and awareness of maintaining a home and yard.  Connecting clients to income support, pre-employment support, and bridging to the labour market:  Assist individuals and families with filling out forms, income tax, accessing job postings, resumes, portfolio development, interview skills, working with the public, handling money, volunteer opportunities, accessing available education programs, agency referrals, obtaining ID such as birth certificate, SIN, workplace literacy and essential skills.
  • Life skills development and  support to improve clients’ social integration;  Offer life skills and literacy programming – such as health and wellness, financial literacy, budgeting, cooking, hygiene, safe food handling, nutrition, Cree culture, family literacy, lunch and learns, transportation to attend Oasis programming and weekly support program.
  • Connecting clients to education and supporting successes: Assist with accessing and providing education opportunities.
  • Provide drop in support services – supportive listening, phone, computers, internet, fax and photocopy, laundry, filling out forms, ID, nutrition, cultural resources, cultural advisors, tutoring and literacy  Assist with accessing existing community resources and supports.  Assist with emergent and basic needs – such as emergent transportation to hospital, Dr. Appt’s, court support, immediate emergent food issues and housing.
  • Provide transportation and culturally relevant supports to attend the cultural, parenting, literacy, nutrition programming and additional support services at the Oasis

Housing First

  • Connect Housing First clients to benefits, supports, clinical, health and treatment services through more intensive case management.
    Develop partnerships, liaison and integrate services to support the needs of HF clients and/or establish case management team where none exists.
  • Connect clients to permanent housing,
  • Provide support services to improve the self-sufficiency of chronically and episodically homeless individuals and families in the Housing First program through individualized services and supports.
  • Provide support to maintain the housing – Facilitating access to housing, Providing emergency housing funding as required and within application guidelines, Provide Landlord-tenant services to prevent eviction
  • Provide transportation for supports and services and emergent needs
  • Partnership Development to prepare for possibly becoming a “Champion Community”
  • Developing partnerships with the goal of developing supportive permanent housing in Nipawin for the chronic and episodically homeless.
  • Gathering, sharing, and disseminating information on:
    the size and composition of the homeless and imminently at-risk populations, including how the size and/or composition are changing over time;
  • the progress made in preventing and reducing homelessness;
  • the tracking and monitoring of the activities;

North Battleford Transitional Living Initiative, Inc. – “Housing Coordinator” project

These funds support the work of NBTLI “Housing Coordinator” who works to identify clients whom are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. They work with clients to advocate and find suitable housing – either in NBTLI facility or a community property. They encourage clients, through coaching and support, to adopt a “transition lifestyle” which often includes sobriety, education, addictions treatment, employment, etc. They monitor clients for indicators of success. They also advocate for the needs of homeless or at risk individuals in the larger community.

Qu’appelle Valley Friendship Centre – “Indigenous Homelessness Project”

The Qu’Appelle Valley Friendship Centre (QVFC) Indigenous Homelessness Project is designed to intake and assess needs of homeless clientele, provide basic supports and referral services to prevent and reduce homelessness and improve the self-sufficiency of individuals and families who are chronically or episodically homeless or at risk of being homeless or are a part of the hidden homeless population in the urban Indigenous community of Fort Qu’Appelle and area. Clientele shall be those who are homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless. The overarching goal is to reduce the clients likelihood of remaining or ending up homeless.

Yorkton Transitional Homes for Youth Inc. – “YTHY Independent Living Program” project

The YTHY Independent Living Program is intend to assist youth between the ages of 17 to 25 who have left the transition homes, the youth turning 18 and preparing to leave the transition home, youth from the Ministry on section 56, youth referred form Yorkton Tribal Council (YTC) who have found themselves in the city without supports, and youth from any other programs in the city.

The outreach will work on:

Relationship skills: partner with local agencies to develop community resources; Partner with home mentor and caseworkers to assist youth through next steps; connecting with clients who have left the homes and remain available to young adults in the community

Assessment and case planning: complete an assessment to identify individual needs; develop a plan of action with each individual; support in making short, medium and long term goals

Life skills: assists in client money management and budgeting; support client n resumes and job searching; assist clients in completing education and developing a post secondary training plan; promote individual problem solving and decision making skills

Advocacy: model self advocacy for clients; assist young adults to practice self help and non violent safety plans; ensure support services are individualized and client based; accompany young adults when asked to attend meetings and appointments