“An end to homelessness is absolutely possible,” says Stephen Gaetz of the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness. “A lot of great work has been happening in Regina over the past years and we have a lot of great examples from across Canada to look to as we strive for a robust response to homelessness. Ultimately we need strong and adequately resourced system approach that ensures homelessness is prevented whenever possible, and when it occurs, it is a rare, brief and non-recurring experience.”
The Canadian Observatory on Homelessness, along with Turner Strategies and A Way Home Canada are bringing their expertise to the Plan. There will be a committee of community champions involved in the process from various sectors and organizations with a vested interest in an end to homelessness in Regina. They will ensure Regina ends up with an ambitious and achievable Plan.
“We are excited to have their leadership and extensive expertise involved,” notes Terin Kennedy, Director of The Plan To End Homelessness. “Right now, many in Regina are caught up in the shelter system with little hope of finding their own home. We want to change that, and believe it can happen with enough resources alongside the political and societal will to make it happen.”
The final product will include a number of cost scenarios alongside target benchmarks to address homelessness for Regina, such as length of time individuals spend in homelessness, the level of housing support they have once they exit homelessness, and the rates of homelessness relapse once individuals have been housed. It will include a definition of Functional Zero for Regina, specifying what it will take for Regina to ensure any episodes of homelessness are rare, brief and non-recurring. The Plan is in the final stages of development and will be released to the community as soon as possible.