Addressing Homelessness

On the Issues Addressing Homelessness

Our community is in crisis, and we need to treat the homelessness issue as such. On the council, Heather Hutt makes addressing homelessness a priority, and has a progressive plan:

Housing First Approach

Implement a comprehensive Housing First strategy that prioritizes providing permanent housing to individuals experiencing homelessness without preconditions or requirements. This approach recognizes that stable housing is a fundamental human right and a critical first step towards addressing other underlying issues such as mental health, substance abuse, and unemployment. Studies have shown that the Housing First model leads to better outcomes in terms of housing stability, health, and overall well-being of homeless individuals.

Rapid Rehousing Programs

Allocate resources towards expanding Rapid Rehousing programs that provide short-term rental assistance, case management, and support services to help homeless individuals and families quickly secure permanent housing. Rapid Rehousing programs have proven successful in preventing and reducing homelessness by providing targeted support and financial assistance to help individuals and families transition from shelters or the streets into stable housing. (Reference: National Alliance to End Homelessness.

Collaborative Partnerships

Foster strong partnerships with local service providers, non-profit organizations, and the private sector to increase the supply of affordable housing units and supportive services. By leveraging public-private partnerships, we can tap into additional resources and expertise to create innovative housing solutions and develop affordable housing projects that cater to the needs of homeless individuals and families. Collaborative partnerships can also help streamline access to healthcare, mental health services, and job training programs, enhancing the chances of successful housing outcomes for individuals experiencing homelessness.