Homelessness is a complex issue that affects many people at different points in their lives. In Red Deer, homeless individuals and families either stay in shelters, sleep outside, temporarily stay with friends or live in cars - their circumstances are vast and diverse. Some have been homeless for a long time; for others it is a new and scary situation. They may have become homeless due to an untreated mental illness. For example they could be fleeing from domestic violence or may have lost their job. They could be individuals and also could be a famiy, they could also be long time residents and newcomers. They represent diverse cultures. The effects of homelessness are profound and the impact on our community is evident.
This situation can be changed by systematic approaches in policy changes. The purpose of this plan is to ensure all those who are homeless have permanent housing support in all of Red Reer in just 5 years time. Earlier stages of this plan illustrates the framework surrounding the 5 years prior for this plan to succeed. You can access the updated copy of the 5 year plan here. 5 years later, the updated copy maps out the tasks that still needs to be done in order to end homelessness in Red Deer.