Community partners addressing homelessness: Prince George community plan - 2001 - 2006

Community Partners Addressing Homelessness (CPAH) is a group that came together in Prince George, BC in response to the federal government’s National Homelessness Initiative (NHI). NHI funds through the Supporting Community Partners Initiative (SCPI) for Prince George (non-Aboriginal community) were dispersed via a proposal process spearheaded by CPAH. A series of focus groups and workshops were held with people who were homeless or at risk of homelessness as well as with the business community, service providers, youth, seniors and the general public. Feedback from these sessions was compiled to create the list of priorities to guide the choice of projects for SCPI funding. Priorities include the need to address homelessness in a way that recognizes the unique local setting, such as severe winter climate and recent economic downturn. Homelessness is viewed along a continuum with acknowledgement that services are needed at all the various points on the continuum, from the need for shelter for the absolute homeless to the need for social or health supports for the relative homeless. Appendix Six contains a background document on Prince George data and connections to homelessness.

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Prince George, BC, Canada