Being homeless means seldom being safe, both on the streets and in shelters. There are few safe spaces for the homeless. We believe that everyone deserves to have a safe place to call home. Our range of housing services includes our Homeless to Homes, Community Bridge and our Outreach Housing Team.
Alongside our housing programs, we help people access financial resources in order to be able to afford housing. We assist individuals and families with applications for subsidized housing and provide them with support when they are faced with housing issues.
Homeless to Homes
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 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 the 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 neighbourhood 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 the 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 the 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.
Homeless to Homes
General Information Line
The Community Bridge is a rapid response intervention to stop an eviction, disconnection or foreclosure.
Outreach Housing Team
The sole purpose of the Outreach Housing Team is to locate, engage, and house people who are homeless. The team will work in under-serviced and unreached areas of the city where homeless people congregate and provide follow-up support to those housed.
Please visit the Outreach Housing Team webpage for more information.