Alberta Interagency Council on Homelessness

History

In 2009, Alberta became the first province in Canada to commit to preventing and reducing homelessness.

Since the launch of the 10-year plan:

  • Nearly 10,000 Albertans experiencing homelessness have been provided housing and supports.
  • Over 3,200 have completed Housing First programs, achieving a higher level of self-sufficiency and housing stability.
  • Of those graduates, approximately 73 per cent of those individuals have remained housed for at least 12 months.

The Alberta Interagency Council on Homelessness was established in February 2013 to identify barriers to the success of the 10-year plan, develop solutions and provide strategic advice to the Government of Alberta on what needs to be done to make sure the goals of the Plan are achieved. It was created to enhance community input and participation in guiding the future direction of the 10-year plan.

Mandate

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.

In meeting this mandate, the Council will explore systemic changes required to address housing and homelessness in Alberta, and provide strategic recommendations to the Government of Alberta.

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.

In response to the issues that members assessed as challenges to the 10-Year Plan's success, the Council adopted priorities that will drive its work over the course of its mandate. The priorities are provincial in scope and require the collective participation of multiple community and government partners.

Council Priorities

The priorities of the Council include:

  • Aboriginal people, youth, seniors, women fleeing violence, newcomers, persons with disabilities, and other sub-populations have access to specialized housing and support services that are tailored to their unique circumstances and experiences.
  • Prevention of homelessness is adequately resourced and successful.
  • Sustainable investment strategies are in place to achieve the successful implementation of the 10-Year Plan.
  • Integrated case management and service delivery are characteristics of local homeless-serving systems.
  • The root causes of homelessness are addressed through integrated service delivery and public policy.

The six working committees responsible for pursuing the Council's priorities are:

  1. Integrated Housing and Supports Framework Committee
  2. Governance Committee
  3. Prevention Committee
  4. Research Committee
  5. Specialized Populations Committee
  6. Funding and Investment Committee

For more information on the Alberta Interagency Council on Homelessness contact interagency.council@gov.ab.ca

Created:
Modified: 2015-01-06
PID: 16051