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Homeless No More

10 year Plan to End Homelessness in Annapolis Valley

Let's End Homelessness

What is Homeless No More?

Homeless No More represents an opportunity to refine specific responses and align ongoing work being guided by a 10-Year Plan. The plan, since it’s inception in 2018, has gained momentum where it needs to be “owned” by all levels of government, stakeholders, families, and youth. The plan needs to adapt and change given successes, failures, and changes in the community. The plan and it’s multi-sector lead team is addressing needs across all ages. From ensuring healthy transitions across the system for youth to changing our response to anyone that is at risk of homelessness or are currently experiencing homelessness to ensuring that there are adequate options for all that can be sustained in communities across the Valley. The plan helps us to achieve our goal of prevention and reducing homelessness. It builds on effective existing community-based services and introduces new evidence-based actions required to address the complex issue of homelessness. Where the plan began with the vision of “the Annapolis Valley, where all youth are thriving in safe, nurturing and loving homes”, now can include all ages.

1. A Plan

Homeless No More started as a strategy 3 years ago to end youth homelessness in the Annapolis Valley. The plan was created through a collaborative process. New data has shown that it's not just youth who need housing and support and so as of December 2020 the plan was expanded to include all demographics.

2. A Group

Of influencers in various sectors including health, social services, justice, NGO's and housing who are committed to ending homelessness in the Annapolis Valley. 

3. A Hub for Information

This website serves as a hub for information on homelessness in the Annapolis Valley, information on the progress of the plan and the gateway for how to get involved. 

How it Starts

Youth Homelessness Is a Strong Risk Factor for Adult Homelessness

Rejection

Poverty

Family Conflict

Abuse

Neglect

Trauma

Isolation

Stigma

Addictions of self or caregiver

Mental Health Challenges of self or caregiver

Experience with Child Welfare System

Each youth's path to homelessness is individual but often there is both a social and economic breakdown.

Path to Change

1. Show Up

- Residents in Community

- Government

- Community Organizations

- Business

- Individual's

Can Share

- will for change

- stories

- time

- financial resources

- communication

- understanding and ownership problem

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3. Collaborate to Provide Housing

Types of Housing Needed 

- Host Homes

- Supported Independent Living

- Transitional Housing

- Reunified Healthy Family Homes

- Safe Couch Surfing Network

- Affordable Housing

- Accessory Dwelling Units

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2. Work Together

- To provide services and support

- To communicate to our sphere's of influence

- To engage with solutions

- To build partnerships

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4. Build and Maintain Supports

- Life Skills

- Health

- Employment

- Education

- Recreation

- Transportation

- Peer Support

- Identifiable safe places

- Family intervention and support

- Collaborative Case Management

- Systems Integration

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Growing & Sharing Organic, Local Food

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Pulling it all Together

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5. System's Changes

- Share policies

- Improved Practices

- Collaboration

- Resource Sharing

- Sustainable Funding

- Power Sharing

- Prevention Orientation

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6. The GOAL

Everyone in the Annapolis Valley thriving in safe, nurturing, loving homes.

- Sense of belonging

- Sense of self-worth

- Compassionate community

- Healthy transitions to independence

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