Interagency Council on Homelessness
In 2009, Alberta became the first province in Canada to commit to ending homelessness. For the next four years, the Alberta Secretariat for Action on Homelessness developed and monitored the implementation of A Plan for Alberta: Ending Homelessness in 10 Years. The Secretariat also provided strategic advice on A Plan for Alberta to Minister Hancock.
The 3 Year Secretariat Report shows that Alberta is on the right track to ending homelessness, not to just manage it. As of September 30, 2012:
- Over 6,600 Albertans experiencing homelessness have been provided housing and supports
- Over 1,600 have completed Housing First programs, achieving a higher level of self-sufficiency
- Of the individuals receiving housing and support, approximately 80 per cent remain housed
In January 2013, the Alberta Interagency Council on Homelessness was established. It was created to enhance community input and participation in guiding the future direction of the 10-year plan Homelessness is a complex issue that must be addressed through coordinated action by a broader range of stakeholders than in the past. The Alberta Interagency Council brings together these stakeholders, including leaders of community-based organizations, shelters, other orders of government, and other provincial ministries.
The Alberta Interagency Council on Homelessness provides advice and guidance on policy, regulatory and program changes required for successful implementation of the 10-year plan.
The Council is accountable to the Minister of Human Services. The group will report annually on progress made on the implementation of the 10-year plan. Progress will be reported to the Government of Alberta through the Minister of Human Services.
The Alberta Interagency Council on Homelessness, (the Council), was established by Premier Alison Redford in February 2013 with a mandate to guide the continued implementation of A Plan for Alberta: Ending Homelessness in 10 Years (the Plan). In meeting this mandate, the Council will explore systemic change required to address housing and homelessness in Alberta, and provide strategic recommendations to the Government of Alberta, through the Minister of Human Services.
Four Council meetings have been held, with subsequent meetings scheduled for December 3 and 4, 2013 and March 12, 2014.
The first four meetings established processes to support the Council’s mandate, defined the scope of activities and outcomes relative to their role, and established six committees to advance the priorities of the Council.
The six committees are:
- Integrated Housing and Supports Framework Committee
- Governance Committee
- Prevention Committee
- Research Committee
- Specialized Populations with a Focus on Youth Committee
- Funding and Investment Committee
The Interagency Council on Homelessness represents a variety of partners involved in the implementation of the 10-year plan. These partners include service providers, community-based organizations who distribute government funding, and all levels of government.
Seven communities have multi year plans to end homelessness that align with the provincial plan and address local priorities. These communities are Calgary, Edmonton, Wood Buffalo, Grande Prairie, Lethbridge, Red Deer and Medicine Hat. Multi-year plans to end homelessness are as follows:
- Calgary’s 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness
- A Place to Call Home: Edmonton’s 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness
- Bringing Lethbridge Home: 5-Year Community Plan to End Homelessness
- Grande Prairie’s Multi-Year Plan to End Homelessness
- Starting at Home in Medicine Hat: Our 5-Year Plan to End Homelessness
- Everyone’s Home: Red Deer’s 5-Year Plan Towards Ending Homelessness
- Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo’s 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness