A Place to Call Home: Brandon's Plan to End Youth Homelessness
On June 24th, 2014, the Brandon Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation was please to announce a new partnership with Eva's Initiatives and the National Learning Community to develop a strategic plan to end youth homelessness in Brandon. That's a tall order, and not one taken lightly by the seven member steering committee that has formed to lead this program.
The steering committee has representatives from different sectors, including the City of Brandon, Brandon School Division, Child & Family Services of Western Manitoba, Brandon Police Services, RCMP, Neelin Off-Campus, Career and Youth Employment Services, the BNRC, Brandon University, LaBuick Consulting and the Brandon Friendship Centre. The steering committee will consult with a number of other community partners during the planning process, and will monitor youth homelessness with service providers, landlords, and, of course, the youth.
The program goals are:
- Build Community awareness about youth homelessness
- Support and assist communities to develop and implement plans that will prevent, reduce and end youth homelessness
- Facilitate linkages and foster effective networks and collective action to combat youth homelessness
- Promote systemic change to Canadian public policies impacting youth homelessness
Release of Brandon's Plan to End Youth Homelessness
To date, we have completed focus groups, key informant interviews and a Point in Time Count to help inform decisions and recommendations of the Place to Call Home Steering Committee.
We're excited to release this plan, and announce that it will be accompanied by a strategic framework which will be published the first week of May 2016.
Reasearch to date includes: