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.
Communications & Media Coordinator
Homeward Trust Edmonton