Homeless to Homes (H2H) is based on principles of Housing First which assert that housing should be addressed prior to any other barrier in an individual’s life. H2H is one of six Intensive Case Management Teams that receive funding through Alberta Community Supports and Homeward Trust to fulfill the mandate of both the Provincial and Municipal 10-Year Plans to End Homelessness:
Intensive Case Management (ICM) is a deliberate, intensive, calculated intervention that is designed to identify, and remove barriers to housing. Roughly 15 – 25% of all homeless individuals in any municipality will be candidates for an ICM team. Homeless to Homes works with other programs at Bissell Centre, and Homeward Trust, through coordinated intake to prioritize participants that are eligible for our services.
Participants in H2H are provided assistance in finding and setting up a market apartment in the neighborhood of their choice (except for the downtown core). Once moved in, an H2H Follow Up Support Worker (FSW) works with the participant to develop a Service Plan with the ultimate goal of increased housing stability. Participants can expect to receive supports to learn and explore their new community, move essential services such as pharmacies and dentists to their new community, and be introduced to resources in their new communities. In order to make this happen, once housed, all H2H services will be completed in community. Participants receive support from their FSW at minimum every fourteen days, and the duration of the support from H2H is no less than one year.
H2H is currently funded to provide Intensive Case Management services to 160 adults and children. Bissell Centre’s 24/7 Mobile Assistance Program (MAP) also carries a caseload of 80 more people in the Housing First program, bringing Bissell Centre’s total to 240.
Homeless to Homes
General Information Line
780-423-2285 Ext. 263