We purchased two bungalows with minimum of three bedrooms in Blaine Lake, Saskatchewan for the benefit of Aboriginal families of the Muskeg Lake Cree Nation.
Another project we undertook in 2013-2014 was the construction of eight transitional pocket housing units at 230 square feet per unit in North Battleford, SK for Aboriginal adults with complex needs such as addictions and mental health.
In La Loche, SK we constructed one two bedroom duplex to house with two units for Aboriginal single parent families that are at imminent risk of homelessness and/or chronically and episodically homeless.
For the Emergency Shelter Facilities in North Battleford we hired a coordinator who will focus on working with landlords to identify housing and apartment rental spaces. The coordinator's function is also to identify programming and services for homelessness individuals/families, both temporary and basic needs as well as identify education and employment opportunities and then work with the clients to find solutions to their needs.
In Prince Albert, SK we constructed one two bedroom duplex to house with two units for Aboriginal mature adults, families or singles/couples with one child.
In Yorkton, SK we constructed one two bedroom duplex to house with two units for Aboriginal youth who are either chronically or episodically homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless.
Along with Prairie Wild Consulting we provided the Aboriginal Homeless Advisory Board with an Environmental Scan to provide a better understanding of the Aboriginal Homelessness reality across Saskatchewan and identify the gaps in services for the chronically and episodically homeless individuals in the province. Click the link to read more about the Environmental Scan.
Working with the YWCA in Prince Albert, SK to provide additional supports to the YWCA Homeward Bound Housing First Initiative to adequately meet the needs of Housing First clients, for the benefits of Aboriginals with complex needs such as mental health and addictions. The additional services are:
Cultural Opportunities - including Elder fees, cultural events and participation costs.
Transportation - for staff for after hour home calls and emergency transportation for clients.
Bridge Funding - funds to provide rent, utility costs and other services until funding is made available from the Ministry of Social Services.
Additional Client Supports - extra funds for clients for items such as prescription and medical needs, groceries etc.
In La Loche, SK we constructed one two bedroom duplex to house with two units for the benefit of Aboriginal single parent families that are at imminent risk of homelessness and/or chronically or episodically homeless.
In La Ronge we worked with the North Sask Special Needs Inc. to hire a Housing First Project Coordinator to work with the Cognitive Disability Day Program. The coordinators duties included securing stable, supportive housing for five Aboriginal adults who identify as homeless.
At the North Battleford Indian and Métis Friendship Centre we helped hire a Support Services Coordinator and Case Manager to provide supports to Housing First Clients. This person duties were to include working with the Housing Locator from the Lighthouse to ensure adequate supports are in place for Housing First clients. the Manager and Coordinator work with Aboriginal adults who identify as homeless and have been selected for Housing First activities.
Working with the Lighthouse Supported Living Inc in North Battleford we hired a Housing Locator and Case Manager to carry out Housing First activities. Beneficiaries of this project are Aboriginal adults, targeting male adults and adults with complex needs such as mental health and addictions.
With the Prince Albert Community Housing Society Inc. we renovated a former group home back into a duplex with three bedrooms in each unit, to be used by Aboriginal families with two plus children.
In North Battleford working with the Lighthouse Supported Living Inc. we renovated three units that will offer extra support needed for those clients that have had difficulty living independently in the past. This project was for Aboriginal people who have experienced chronic or episodic homelessness for the past six to twelve months.