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Rooted in Ceremony

Indigenous peoples are vastly overrepresented in Edmonton’s homeless population. Forty-eight percent of people experiencing homelessness identify as Indigenous, compared with only 6% of Edmonton’s general population. We recognize that that Indigenous homelessness is a colonial legacy and as such requires conscious action from all of us. Earlier this month, we were happy to welcome Harry Watchmaker to lead a smudge-making session with 18 Housing First staff representing 7 different agencies.  Harry is a knowledge keeper from Kehewin Cree Nation who has been a cultural support with the Indian Residential Health Support program, and he has supported homeless serving agencies and...

Community-Based Research Project Release

Every year, Homeward Trust funds up to 5 community research projects. During Housing Month, we are releasing one report a week. The final highlighted report is: Domestic Violence: Roles of Landlords and Property Managers by The Centre for Public Legal Information     Funded by the Government of Canada’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy through Homeward Trust Edmonton’s Community Research Projects funding.

National Housing Strategy – A Step in the Right Direction

By Jarrod Bayne Chief Strategy Officer, Homeward Trust Edmonton. On National Housing Day, November 22, the Government of Canada released details of the first ever National Housing Strategy, which includes more than $40 billion in investment over the next 10 years. This Strategy represents a huge step forward in addressing Canada’s housing crisis. It will have a strong impact in Edmonton, and in communities across the country. Canadians have been calling for new national investment for years. In fact, current levels of homelessness and poverty in Canada are directly related to the limited involvement of previous federal governments in affordable...

Community Based Research Project Release

Every year, Homeward Trust funds up to 5 community research projects. During Housing Month, we are releasing one report a week. This week’s highlighted report is: Low Income Immigrant and Refugee Seniors: Housing and Health Needs Assessment By Dr. Louanne Keenan   Funded by the Government of Canada’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy through Homeward Trust Edmonton’s Community Research Projects funding.

Community-Based Research Project Release

Every year, Homeward Trust funds up to 5 community research projects. During Housing Month, we are releasing one report a week. This week's highlighted report is: The Life We Deserve: A Model of Supportive Housing for Teen Families By Dr. Rebecca Gokiert, Melissa Tremblay, Dr. Bethan Kingsley, Karen Mottershead, Rob Appleyeard, Dr. Jane Springett   Funded by the Government of Canada’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy through Homeward Trust Edmonton’s Community Research Projects funding.

Community-Based Research Project Release

  Every year, Homeward Trust funds up to 5 community research projects. During Housing Month,  we are releasing one a week, starting with: Youth Bans: Policy, Implementation, and the Perspective of Youth and Stakeholders By The Old Strathcona Community Mapping and Planning Committee This 2015-2017 community-based participatory research study responds to a need identified by service providers to investigate the banning of youth who are homeless or without secure and adequate housing.   Funded by the Government of Canada’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy through Homeward Trust Edmonton’s Community Research Projects funding.

Edmonton Named Vanguard City by Institute of Global Homelessness

November 7, 2017 Edmonton joins the global campaign to end street homelessness by 2030 Edmonton - Homelessness is a global challenge, with an estimated 100 million people worldwide living without shelter. The Institute of Global Homelessness at DePaul University is launching a campaign to help 150 cities work toward ending street homelessness by 2030. The campaign, A Place to Call Home, will begin with 10 vanguard cities across six continents. Each city will commit to achieving significant progress towards that goal by the end of 2020. Edmonton is one of those vanguard communities and together, the community has committed that...

A Place to Call Home – Community Update

November is Housing Month in Edmonton, an annual campaign that raises awareness of the need for affordable housing throughout our community. Since our last Community Update in November 2016, there has been a lot of work and much progress. With the release of A Place to Call Home: Edmonton's Updated Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness in July 2017, we committed to bold targets, as well as regular updates to community on our progress and impact. Please join us on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 as we celebrate successes, share local data, and profile new initiatives. Our partner organizations will be presenting...

Find Home. Find Hope.

The start-up cost for anyone moving into their first home is expensive.  It can be a barrier for someone securing sustainable housing. You may already know that Find, an initiative of Homeward Trust, provides essential furnishings free of charge to people moving out of homelessness through the Housing First program. Find also collaborates with local agencies to support their housing efforts. The Furniture Program, a service offered by Edmonton John Howard Society’s Family Violence Prevention Centre is one such partnership. Natasha is the Community Liaison Worker with that program. She shares the experience of her client “Mary” at Find: “I picked...

LGBTQ2S Youth Housing and Shelter Guidelines released

Last week the LGBTQ2S Youth Housing and Shelter Guidelines were released. Our Manager of Clinical Services and Program Supports, Renee Iverson, was the co-chair of the working group that brought these Guidelines to fruition. These Guidelines provide a sustainable framework and the tools for those engaged with LGBTQ2S youth that do not dismiss or camouflage the excellent work that is already being done in Alberta.  Instead, they provide an opportunity to reflect on current practice and make changes where applicable and needed. Renee shared at the launch why this work is so important: “What is Pride?  For this lesbian, it...

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