Report to end homelessness
5 Year Plan to End Homelessness

Bringing Lethbridge Home is Lethbridge’s Plan to end homelessness in Lethbridge. Homelessness is a complex issue and one of the most critical issues facing our community. We believe we can end homelessness and we're taking action!


Looking forward: The achievement of the targeted goals and alignment with Bringing Lethbridge Home: Plan to End Homelessness.  Our goals for the 2015-2019 are:


1. Prevent people from becoming homeless

  • Focus on the prevention of the root causes and pathways into homelessness
  • Strengthen support for young families and children experiencing trauma and mental illness
  • Implement healthy transitioning from public services such as health care and treatment centres, foster care and corrections
  • Increase access to Diversion programming and strategies
  • Strengthen diversion programming, eviction prevention and rapid re-housing
  • Increase access to affordable and attainable housing
  • Support the prevention of family violence
  • Support poverty reduction strategy and employment opportunities
  • Strengthen social and community integration programming
  • Strengthen positive landlord tenant relations


2. Develop and increase affordable permanent housing options

  • Complete the Housing Action Plan based on need and projected demographics
  • Increase housing options by 1000 units to include innovative permanent supportive housing and affordable housing options (such as inclusive neighborhoods, laneway housing and container housing)
  • Build landlord relations through recruitment and retention
  • Identify options for affordable home ownership
  • Increase rent supplement funding and programs
  • Universal design for increased accessible housing options
  • Engage Elders in the design of affordable housing options for indigenous people
  • Engage the community in dialogue
  • Reduce NIMBY in neighborhoods


3. Strengthen and sustain a systemic Housing First approach

  • Increase awareness of what Housing First is and isn’t. Fully implement Standards of Practice including integrated System of Care
  • Keep it simple while maintaining the fidelity and integrity of Housing First
  • Flexible mandates to meet the needs of the client.
  • Review the eligibility criteria for Housing First and provide quick pathways to get people housed
  • Ongoing leadership, team and community education and development. Include understanding and support of vulnerable populations.
  • Review recruitment and retention strategies for Housing First teams. Include coaching and mentoring strategies
  • Support and options for people that are not eligible
  • Evaluate impact of the Housing First programs including service participant’s involvement in policy direction
  • Strengthen the collaboration and inter-connectedness of the Housing First teams
  • Housing First for women fleeing abuse and family violence
  • Team building
  • Fully integrate the Housing First Standards of Practice


4. Strengthen coordinated access to integrated community support services

  • Intensive Case Management to prevent eviction
  • Continuously improve referral time for client centered housing
  • Accessible transportation
  • Increase follow-up services
  • Intox and Detox services
  • Increase physician access
  • More collaboration providing housing to people with disabilities
  • Continue to strengthen community partnerships


5. Provide shelter in emergency situations and quickly move people to permanent housing

  • Complete the implementation of the Shelter Visioning
  • Increase funding for damage deposits and first month rent
  • Strengthen access to stabilization units
  • Strengthen diversion and rapid re-housing programming


6. Increase community awareness and education

  • Actively participate in Building a Welcoming and Inclusive Community and Vibrant Lethbridge initiatives. This includes building welcoming and inclusive neighborhoods
  • Develop and implement curriculum opportunities in schools
  • Involve people with lived experience in policy decisions
  • Increase data analysis and communicate information
  • Involve community to reduce the impact of NIMBY