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Regional Forum on Housing Best Practices


Regional Forum on Housing Best Practices

On October 15, 2015 the "Regional Forum on Housing Best Practices" was held at the University of the Fraser Valley.  The event was sponsored by the City of Abbotsford, Service Canada, the University of the Fraser Valley, BC Housing and the Fraser Valley Regional District.

Local and regional experts as well as Housing First practitioners explored best practices and proactive directions to support collective action.  The forum included:

  • Housing First Best practice panel of experts,
  • world café dialogue and 
  • keynote presentation note presentation on  collective impact

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Welcome and Introduction

Mayor Henry Braun and Councillor Dave Loewen -Chair of the Homelessness Advisory Action Committee - City of Abbotsford, 


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Best Practice Panel

Housing First Principles (5 Principles of Housing First)
Landlord Procurement and Intensive Case Management 
Laura Caron, Director of Clinical Services, RainCity Housing and Support Society

Role of Outreach and Shelters in Housing First Approach
Wes Everaars, Director of Development and Jodi Sturge, Deputy Director, Lookout Society

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Collective Impact and Homelessness

Alice Sundberg, Housing and Community Development Consultant

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How to Help People Who Don’t Have a Home

Video of artwork by grade 2 and 3 students of Abbotsford Christian Elementary School, in answer to the question: how to help people who don't have a home.

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