Homeward Trust oversees several community planning initiatives in order to better align efforts and make a greater impact. This includes:
Homeward Trust is a system planner: coordinating and aligning community efforts for a greater impact. Through our community planning work, we align both efforts and funding. We set out community-level priorities, and foster engagement to implement plans, ensuring the community is working towards the same goal.
Homeward Trust’s ongoing research activities, led by staff and the Research Committee, help reinforce the implementation of plans to end homelessness. The Committee consists of community stakeholders, researchers, and/or interested participants. It serves as an impartial group of stakeholders and partners who are responsible for supporting Homeward Trust’s administration in determining research priorities established through the Community Plan process, as well as developing an annual research agenda.
Homeward Trust issues an annual RFP for community-based research, and also invests in strategic research projects to support its initiatives.
As Edmonton, amiskwaciwâskahikan (Beaver Mountain House in Plains Cree) is on the cultural and traditional lands of Treaty Territory No. 6, it is vital we engage Indigenous people in our work.
It is important to recognize and address the many factors brought forth with the institution of colonialism. Displacement from traditional homelands, systemic racism, residential schools, the Sixties Scoop, and the ongoing overrepresentation in child welfare and correctional systems are responsibilities we all share.
The negative impact and intergenerational trauma this has had on the Indigenous community is undeniable. To effect real and lasting change, the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being of individuals and communities must always be at the core of what we do, and how we do it.
This means aligning our approach to reflect the valued work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. It is critical to not only meet these calls to action, but to ensure the path we walk in supporting and building capacity within the Indigenous community is done in a culturally respectful and sensitive manner.
This department manages data collection and analysis for the organization and evaluates whether programs are making a significant difference. With this information, Homeward Trust can ensure that resources are being directed to the most effective places for ending homelessness. As part of these efforts, the department manages the common database used by Housing First and homeless-serving agencies in Edmonton and is also responsible for initiatives such as the Homeless Count, which help us to understand more about the people we are serving.
Edmonton has a locally administered HMIS (Homeless Management Information System) that tracks client data, case management, and trends. The information helps Homeward Trust better serve the needs of clients and work more effectively as a network of housing and service providers.