Tri-Region Housing and Service Needs Estimate
In 2018, twenty communities across Alberta participated in the 2018 Homeless Estimation Project funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy and administered by the Alberta Rural Development Network (ARDN) in partnership with the Family and Community Support Services Association of Alberta (FCSSAA).
In the fall of 2018, Family and Community Support Services from both Spruce Grove and Stony Plain jointly led the Tri-Region Housing and Service Needs Estimate.
The project aimed to capture information on the homeless population in the tri-municipal region.
The data is meant to be a snapshot of a specific window of time and the process of collecting the data is based on standard Provincial methodologies. It is expected that this survey will be done at regular intervals in the future and this initial report will form the baseline.
The data gathered supports and acknowledges that homelessness exists in our communities. While the report provides a “hard count” of individuals at risk for or experiencing homelessness, it offers a limited view of homelessness and risk of homelessness, and is therefore assumed to be an underestimation of the demand.
It is concerning to see that we have unsheltered individuals in the region.
The City of Spruce Grove is working with service providers and community partners to connect those that are unsheltered or at risk of being homeless with the right supports.
We are also having conversations with faith and not-for-profits to determine inventory of supports immediately and currently available in the community.
Additionally, the City has recently completed PathwaysHOME, a 5 year strategy to reduce poverty and homelessness.
Special thanks to all the community partners for their assistance and support with this project.
For further information on the 2018 Tri-Region Housing and Service Needs Estimate, contact Spruce Grove FCSS (780-962-7618) or Stony Plain FCSS (780-963-8583).