Homelessness Partnering Strategy
Reported Outcomes for City of Winnipeg-administered HPS Program
April 1, 2016 – March 31, 2018
‘Housing First’ Outcomes (people experiencing chronic or episodic homelessness)
- 293 participants housed
- 141 participants began receiving Emergency Housing Funds
- 118 participants began receiving EIA
- 22 participants began employment
- 60 participants began an education program or employment skill training
- 191 participants experienced positive changes in social participation
- 90 participants engaged in volunteer work
- 141 participants engaged in recreational or cultural programs or services
- 28 Successful exits from Housing First programs
- 54 Returned to homelessness
Non-‘Housing First’ Outcomes (people at risk of homelessness)
- 1168 participants moved to more stable housing
- 246 participants began employment
- 289 participants began an education program
The City of Winnipeg’s Role in the Government of Canada’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy
The Government of Canada’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy program (HPS) is a unique community-based program aimed at preventing and reducing homelessness. It provides direct federal funding to communities across Canada to support their efforts in addressing local needs and specific homelessness priorities. Since its inception, the HPS has been encouraging communities to focus on prevention strategies and longer-term solutions using a ‘Housing First’ approach: permanent housing with wrap-around supports.
Since 2012, the City of Winnipeg has delivered federal funding to local community organizations, whose valuable work assists and supports individuals and families experiencing homelessness. As the Community Entity for Winnipeg, we are responsible for delivering two streams of HPS funding: Indigenous Homelessness and Designated Communities funding. Over the 2014-2019 Agreement period $35 million from these funding streams will be invested in local organizations: to support Housing First programs, to assist in the development or expansion of support services, as well as funding capital investments where those who are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness are served.
Winnipeg has a Community Advisory Board (CAB) that is responsible for setting direction for addressing homelessness in Winnipeg. It goes beyond simply funding organizations – it is involved in aligning efforts to end and prevent homelessness throughout the community, and encourages partnership building. It identifies local priorities through a planning process, determines which projects should be implemented to address those priorities and reports back to the larger community on the efforts made and results achieved in preventing and reducing homelessness. During meetings, all members have the opportunity to bring forth their views, and decisions are based on the collective understanding of the best way to move forward.
- 2018 Winnipeg Street Census preliminary results
- Government of Canada’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy
- Housing First Approach
- Winnipeg Street Census 2015 – Final Report
Community Organizations currently receiving HPS funding
Advancing Coordination of the Winnipeg Homelessness Sector
In 2017, the City of Winnipeg’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) and Winnipeg’s HPS Community Advisory Board (CAB) initiated the project, Advancing Coordination of the Winnipeg Homelessness Sector. Project goals included, identifying service gaps, as well as opportunities for better coordination and alignment within the sector.
- Advancing Coordination - Executive Summary
- Advancing Coordination – Community Update Powerpoint Presentation
HPS 5-year Community Plan
Winnipeg’s 10-year Plan to End Homelessness
Winnipeg Community Advisory Board (CAB)
- Terms of Reference
- CAB Membership - The CAB membership is determined through an open Call for Participation advertised by the CE. A Selection Committee facilitated by ESDC-SC, is made up of community individuals with knowledge and experience of homelessness issues. The committee reviews all applications and select members to fill sectors specified in the HPS CAB’s Terms of Reference. Winnipeg’s HPS CAB chair and vice-chair participated in the interviews of short listed candidates. In the event of the need to fill a vacant seat on CAB, the Selection Committee may use previous applications, or the Selection Committee may recommend to the CE to re-advertise the vacancy to the community.