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7 Cities of Alberta Practitioners’ Workshop to Feature Leading Experts, Highlight Practices

Thursday, May 29 - EDMONTON – Five years into Alberta’s groundbreaking 10 year plan to end homelessness, communities from across Alberta have made significant strides towards ending homelessness.

7 Cities on Housing and Homelessness (7 Cities) is a collaborative forum comprised of representation from the seven major urban cities in Alberta: Edmonton, Calgary, Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, Lethbridge, Red Deer, Medicine Hat, and Grand Prairie.   

Over two days, 200 frontline workers will gather to share learnings and hear from expert practitioners. The two-day event will build further capacity amongst Alberta’s robust social services sector.

Along with the workshops, an awards ceremony will be held on Thursday to recognize frontline workers for the difference they have made in communities across Alberta.  

7 Cities Housing First Practitioners’ Workshop

Radisson Hotel Edmonton South
4440 Gateway Blvd NW 

Thursday, May 29

Workshop sessions: 9am – 5pm.

Awards Night: 5:30-7:30pm.

Friday, May 30

Workshop sessions: 9am – 3pm.

All sessions and events are open to the media.

“The workshop is an opportunity to both support our front line workers in becoming even more effective, and to celebrate the great work they have done over the past five years “ said Susan McGee, Chair of 7 Cities and Chief Executive Officer of Homeward Trust Edmonton. “With in-migration to Alberta, we are feeling pressure in the housing market, shelter system, and other support services. Being able to support frontline workers is one of the most crucial things we can do as a community.”

The overall purpose of 7 Cities is to provide a forum and collective voice to address issues of common interest and concern in the implementation of individual community plans to end homelessness in Alberta. 7 Cities also provides a forum for dialogue with the federal and provincial representatives on housing and homelessness.

The success of the past five years includes the following reduction in homelessness, measured by local homeless counts:

  • Edmonton: 30% decrease from 2008 to 2012
  • Fort McMurray: 42% decrease 2008 to 2010
  • Lethbridge: 64% decrease in overall homelessness and 93% reduction in street homelessness since 2008
  • Medicine Hat: 40% reduction in shelter use 2008 to 2011

Collectively, Housing First clients served across 7 Cities have experienced significant reductions in public system usage:

  • 84% fewer days in jail
  • 64% fewer days in hospital
  • 61% fewer interactions with EMS
  • 59% fewer interactions with police
  • 56% fewer emergency room visits

For more information, please visit 7cities.ca.

Contact:
Janelle Aker
Communications & Media Coordinator
Homeward Trust Edmonton
780-496-7290
780-868-9958
jaker@homewardtrust.ca

Infographic Wednesday - Preventing the Tragedy of LGBTQ Youth Homelessness 
This week’s infographic was created by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force in partnership with the Human Rights Campaign. It points to a severe overrepresentation of LGBTQ (or LGBT) youth in the homeless population. While only 10% of American youth are LGBT, they comprise between 20-40% of all homeless youth in the nation. In the United States “nearly 3 million young Americans are homeless.” 
… learn more
via homelesshub

Infographic Wednesday - Preventing the Tragedy of LGBTQ Youth Homelessness 

This week’s infographic was created by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force in partnership with the Human Rights Campaign. It points to a severe overrepresentation of LGBTQ (or LGBT) youth in the homeless population. While only 10% of American youth are LGBT, they comprise between 20-40% of all homeless youth in the nation. In the United States “nearly 3 million young Americans are homeless.” 

… learn more

via homelesshub

yegarts:

Keep your eyes and ears tuned this summer for #openpianoyeg, an initiative to bring colourfully-painted pianos to public places in Edmonton! The project launched on Friday at CKUA with a performance by Colleen Brown. 
Read the article about Friday’s #openpianoyeg launch on CBC news. We can’t wait to see the city embrace these public pianos this summer!
yegarts:

Keep your eyes and ears tuned this summer for #openpianoyeg, an initiative to bring colourfully-painted pianos to public places in Edmonton! The project launched on Friday at CKUA with a performance by Colleen Brown. 
Read the article about Friday’s #openpianoyeg launch on CBC news. We can’t wait to see the city embrace these public pianos this summer!
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yegarts:

Keep your eyes and ears tuned this summer for #openpianoyeg, an initiative to bring colourfully-painted pianos to public places in Edmonton! The project launched on Friday at CKUA with a performance by Colleen Brown. 
Read the article about Friday’s #openpianoyeg launch on CBC news. We can’t wait to see the city embrace these public pianos this summer!
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yegarts:

Keep your eyes and ears tuned this summer for #openpianoyeg, an initiative to bring colourfully-painted pianos to public places in Edmonton! The project launched on Friday at CKUA with a performance by Colleen Brown

Read the article about Friday’s #openpianoyeg launch on CBC news. We can’t wait to see the city embrace these public pianos this summer!

(via findyeg)

7 Cities Housing First Practitioners AWARDS RECEPTION and KEYNOTE SESSIONS

Register online today!

7 Cities of Alberta invites you to this Housing First Practitioners Workshop and Awards for service providers in the Housing First program working towards ending homelessness in Alberta. Sessions will encourage peer-to-peer knowledge sharing of best practices and innovation, and include presentations from engaging experts.

For the first time we will recognize exceptional individuals at an Awards reception on Thursday night. Please nominate your peers for awards!

This workshop will highlight topics such as:

  • Self-Care
  • Meaningful Daily Activities
  • Tackling a Tightening Housing Market
  • Leadership Development
  • Eviction Prevention
  • Graduation Process

Please RSVP by Monday, 19 May 2014.

Eventbrite - 7 Cities Housing First Practitioners AWARDS RECEPTION and KEYNOTE SESSIONS

Awards Reception 

The 7 Cities of Alberta is hosting a province wide Housing First Practitioners Workshop. For the first time we will be recognizing and honouring outstanding front line workers across the 7 Cities in service delivery within the Housing First Program. Individual tickets are available for you to attend the Awards Reception on May 29 at the Radisson Hotel Edmonton South.

Event Details:

Date: Thursday, May 29, 2014
Time: 5:30 – 8:30pm
Venue: Jubilee Hall A/B, Radisson Hotel Edmonton South (4440 Gateway Blvd NW)

Keynote Sessions

The 7 Cities of Alberta invites you to attend inspiring and engaging keynote speakers at the Housing First Practitioners Workshop. Keynote sessions will feature Jim Clemmer and Mark Brand.

Buffet Lunch will be served each day from 12:00 – 12:30pm.

Event Details:

Jim Clemmer
Date: Thursday, 29 May 2014
Time: 12:00 – 1:30pm
Venue: Jubilee Hall A/B, Radisson Hotel Edmonton South
 
Mark Brand
Date: Friday, 30 May 2014
Time: 12:00 – 1:30pm
Venue: Jubilee Hall A/B, Radisson Hotel Edmonton South 

Should you have any questions about either of these events, please contact Hemontika Das at hdas@homewardtrust.ca or 789 496 7615.

Used Clothing Needed!



- Pants
- Jeans
- NEW Underwear
- NEW Socks
- Shoes
- Shirts
- Work boots
- Rubber Boots
- Children’s clothes
- Hats & Toques
- Gloves
- Coveralls

Please drop off donations by Thursday, April 3rd and mark with: “Homeless Connect”.

CENTRAL
Bissell Thrift Shoppe
11817 80 Street
Mon-Sat 10am to 5pm

Hope Mission
9908 106 Avenue
Mon-Fri 10am to 5pm

SOUTHWEST
Bissell Centre
5120-122 Street
Mon-Sat 9am to 4pm

Thank you for your support!

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