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Trinity Baptist Church

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Kelowna, BC V1Y 7V7

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The work of the Journey Home Task Force to develop Kelowna's long-term strategy to address homelessness is well underway with a goal to present the Journey Home Plan to Council in June 2018. The Journey Home Task Force is committed to ensuring that the entire community has an opportunity to participate in the development of the strategy.

The following design labs allow for a deeper dive into some of the complex issues surrounding homelessness in Kelowna. We invite you to register for sessions that you feel are important to you and/or your organization. All Design Labs will be held in the meeting room adjacent to the main building at the Trinity Baptist Church. Register for one, or several sessions. Attendees are encouraged to actively participate in the discussions.

How to register:

1. Click the green Register button
2. Use the dropdown to select the number of spots you would like to reserve for Design Labs you are planning to attend
3. Click "Checkout" and follow the instructions

Design Labs open for public participation:

  • Ending Homelessness & Reconciliation - Feb 19 | 11am-1pm: Looking at homelessness through the lens of
    Reconciliation and building an approach in Kelowna that advances the Calls to Action.
  • Early Identification & Prevention Strategies - Feb 19 | 2-4pm: Stopping the flow into homelessness through diversion, targeting prevention and early identification approaches is essential to the Plan’s success. We will explore best practices and consider local adaptation in this session.
  • Integrating Intimate Partner Violence Responses in the Plan - Feb 20 | 3-5pm: The community summits brought forward a number of concerns regarding the need to ensure an integrated approach to intimate partner violence and homelessness initiatives. This session will delve into this intersection and propose solutions.
  • Linking Poverty Reduction & Homelessness Initiatives Feb 21 | 1-3pm: This session will explore the ways to enhance the coordination of poverty and homelessness initiatives in practice.
  • Housing First & Supportive Housing for Chronic & Episodic Homelessness - Feb 22 | 9-11am: Housing First (moving people into housing quickly, without any sobriety requirements) is a proven best practice to address chronic and episodic homelessness. This session will explore ways to enhance such programs in Kelowna leveraging market and non-market housing across communities.
  • Coordinated Access & Assessment - Feb 23 | 9-11am: Scoping diverse approaches to coordinated access and assessment to better match people to existing services.
  • Red Zone Review - Feb 23 | 12:30-2:30 pm: People with lived experience of homelessness and service providers have raised concerns about the effectiveness of the current application of the Red Zone. We will review as part of a broader discussion on the intersection of homelessness and the justice system with a focus on decriminalizing homelessness.
  • Developing Mental Health & Addictions Supports for People Experiencing Homelessness - Mar 6 | 9-11am: Harm reduction approaches to service delivery emerged during consultations and lived experience input; we will explore how current approaches can be enhanced to best support the Plan.
  • Research Agenda to Support the Plan - Mar 7 | 9-11am: Embedding research and evidence-based practices in Plan rollout will enhance impact and continuous improvement. This session will explore the role of researchers and identify key research priorities to support implementation.
  • Public Education & Understanding - Mar 7 | 1-3pm: Innovative strategies to dispel myths and misconceptions about homelessness and enhance community understanding.
  • Affordable (rent-geared-to-income) Housing Development - Mar 8 | 9-11am: Explore ways to bring housing stock online that is truly affordable for those on very low incomes.
  • Minority Populations - Mar 8 | 1-3pm: Discussion on homelessness through the lens of minority populations (racial minorities, sexual minorities, and immigrant populations) to inform a deeper understanding of local context.
  • Technology-Based Solutions - Mar 9 | 9-11am: Exploring the potential contributions of the tech sector to Plan implementation actions on integrated information management, research needs, etc.
  • Engaging the Faith Community - Mar 9 | 1-3pm: Kelowna’s faith community has made considerable investments in addressing social issues; we will explore areas where this role can be enhanced in advancing the Plan.
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