Strategy to Reduce Poverty and Homelessness
Homelessness is an emerging social issue identified within Spruce Grove as the number of individuals accessing local and regional services who are either homeless or at risk for homelessness continues to rise.
Recognizing that there is a desire within the community to engage and be a part of the solution, the City of Spruce Grove is beginning a process to create a Five-Year Strategy to Reduce Poverty and Homelessness.
Issues surrounding poverty and homelessness are complex and deeply rooted. Addressing the current situation and preparing for the future requires exploration of social solutions that takes a collective approach and involves individuals, cross sector groups, community service providers, City departments and other levels of government.
The development of the strategy will occur over the course of the next 6 months and will involve review and research of best practices, data gathering and the engagement of a variety of stakeholders and community members.
The outcome will be a strategy that has been created by members of the community and social services sector, and which supports collective action and collaboration to achieve sustainable solutions over the next 5 years in Spruce Grove.
The work is being led by Spruce Grove Family and Community Support Services (FCSS). Urban Matters CCC has been engaged to support the process and development of the strategy.
5 Year Strategy to Reduce Poverty and Homelessness
- Project initiation meeting
- Communications and engagement plan development
- Document review
- Workshop 1: Initiation meeting with Core Collaborators
- One-on-one interviews with key stakeholders including individuals with lived experience
- Workshop 2: Homeless Serving Systems Workshop with Broader Stakeholder Groups
- Best practices research
- Public participation survey
- Workshop 3: Strategy Development with Core Collaborators
- Sustainability planning
- Workshop 4: Refining the Strategy with Core Collaborators
- Finalize the strategy
- Final presentation to council and community