Grande Prairie's Five Year Plan to End Homelessness 2015-2019

Grande Prairie's Five Year Plan to End Homelessness 2015-2019

INTRODUCTION

Grande Prairie enjoys a robust economy, with a youthful demographic. As the largest city in northwestern Alberta, the City services a trading area of over 250,000 people spanning northwestern Alberta, northeastern British

Columbia and the Northwest Territories. It is the center of a diversified regional economy responding to the forestry, agricultural, and oil and gas industries. As a regional service hub, city-based companies provide service

to oil and natural gas activities to the City’s trading area. In an economy dependent on oil, gas, and forestry, economic cycles of boom and bust are more pronounced in respect to employment and earnings, rental vacancy

rates and availability of affordable housing. It is the aim of the City of Grande Prairie’s Community Advisory Board on Homelessness (CABH) to utilize the unique nature of Grande Prairie’s economy and its community

resources, to end homelessness by 2019. The City of Grande Prairie is part of a broader 7 Cities Network made up of seven major cities across the province of Alberta who have made a commitment to support the Provincial Plan to End Homelessness. As part of the commitment to end

homelessness—both province-wide and in our cities—a plan unique for each region has been developed. In 2009, the City created its first Multi-Year

Plan to End Homelessness (2009-2014), setting 5 broad goals and preparing the stage for enhanced collaboration and integration of programs and services at the municipal, provincial and federal levels.1 A strong foundation has been laid to achieve the end goal of ending homelessness in our City and to support the provincial goal of Alberta-wide success.

PUBLICATION DATE: 2017