Outreach Support Services Initiative

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Seven cities in Alberta will receive approximately $60 million to help homeless Albertans reclaim lives of dignity and independence. As part of the Outreach Support Services Initiative, the funding is providing $12.3 million more than last year. Funds will go towards permanent supportive housing and support services to help address homelessness. Alberta Health is also providing $5 million from the Addiction and Mental Health Strategy to the ministry of Human Services. Learn more about the Outreach Support Services Initiative and Health funding by viewing this video.

Community

Provincial Allocation

2012/2013

Calgary

$27.6 million

Edmonton

$19.4 million

Grande Prairie

$2.4 million

Fort McMurray

$2.7 million

Red Deer

$3.0 million

Lethbridge

$2.4 million

Medicine Hat

$2.3 million

Outreach Support Services Funding Information

  • Under the Outreach Support Services Initiative, approximately $60 million will be provided to community-based organizations (CBOs). These organizations provide funding to homeless serving agencies in seven cities in Alberta, (Edmonton, Calgary, Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, Red Deer, Medicine Hat, Lethbridge).
     
  • The amount of funding provided is based on a formula that is related to community need.
     
  • CBOs who are receiving the funding were required to provide a plan for the use of the funding. This planning process involved input from local stakeholders.
     
  • Alberta will continue to work with community-based organizations to ensure provincially-supported initiatives align to local priorities and reflect local plans to end homelessness.
     
  • As part of the 10 year plan to end homelessness, government will be exploring ways to ensure that the plan is truly provincial. The government will look at the needs of smaller centres and how the strategies that have proven successful can be used in a smaller community.
     
  • Progress is being made to help those who are homeless as reflected by statistics on the implementation of Alberta’s Plan. For example:
    • Close to 6,000 Albertans experiencing homelessness have been provided housing and supports
    • Close to 1,400 have graduated from Housing First programming and have achieved a high level of self-sufficiency.
    • Of the individuals who have received support to help them break the cycle of poverty, approximately 80 per cent remain housed.
    • More than 1,800 new clients will be assisted throughout Alberta this year.

Calgary

Funding allocation: $27.6 million, an increase of $5.7 million over 2011/12

Programs supported:

  • Permanent supportive housing programs for individuals and families impacted by severe addictions, medical and psychiatric diagnosis and having criminal justice involvement.
  • High intensity case management will be provided for homeless individuals, youth and families who have severe addictions, medical and psychiatric diagnosis and criminal justice involvement.

Edmonton

Funding allocation: $19.4 million, an increase of $4.0 million over 2011/12.

Programs supported:

  • Various programs, including the Bissell Centre’s Homeless to Homes program that has an intensive case management team providing housing and support to 160 individuals and families.

Grande Prairie

Funding allocation: $2.4 million, an increase of $492,000 over 2011/12.

Programs supported:

  • Permanent Supportive Housing for 55 chronically homeless clients.

Fort McMurray

Funding allocation: $2.7 million, a $553,500 increase over last year.

Programs supported:

  • Permanent supportive housing to more than 90 new clients and Housing First programs to more than 40 existing clients. These housing programs provide a place to live and offer support to address the underlying causes of homelessness by offering medical and psychiatric case management, life skills training, landlord liaison assistance, and addictions counselling.
  • Winter Emergency Response System that provides a mat program during cold weather.

Red Deer

Funding allocation: $3.0 million, an increase of $615,000 over 2011/12.

Programs supported:

  • Shelter Triage program, which administers a housing assessment tool for homeless individuals before transferring them to Housing First programs. People’s Place, the Red Deer shelter, administers this program.
  • Housing First programs.

Lethbridge

Funding allocation: $2.4 million, an increase of $492,000 over 2011/12.

Programs supported:

  • Housing First programs, including wrap around supports that address the causes of homelessness so individuals can work toward building healthier and independent lives.
  • Research and analysis activities to better understand program effectiveness and set priorities.

Medicine Hat

Funding allocation: $2.3 million, an increase of $479,700 over 2011/12.

Programs supported:

  • Permanent supportive housing programs.
  • Rapid re-housing programs providing short-term housing and support services for homeless individuals and families.
  • Winter emergency support services.

Addictions and Mental Health Strategy Funding

Funding from the Addictions and Mental Health Strategy is outlined below.

Lethbridge - $1M – To be used for a temporary program addressing the needs of emergency shelter users with addictions and mental health problems. This will be a short-term program until the new permanent supportive housing project is operated by Covenant Health in approximately two years.

Calgary - $2M – To be used to support two to three new high intensity case management programs targeting chronically homeless coming out of the health or corrections system. Those to receive assistance are the homeless with mental health and addictions issues.

Edmonton - $2M

This funding will be used for permanent supportive housing programs related to addictions and mental health.

Created: 2012-12-13
Modified: 2013-02-07
PID: 16050