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Transition from Homelessness – Community Discussion – “Improving Services”

May 7 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


In 2019, with funding provided by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), we established a Community Advisory Board consisting of individuals with lived experiences of homelessness, service providers and leaders in Kingston, Ontario. This Community Advisory Board worked together with researchers from Western University to conduct a stakeholder consultation with 51 individuals with lived experiences of homelessness, service providers and leaders in the Kingston community to identify the strengths and challenges of the current system of supports in the city, and how we can more effectively support individuals to thrive following the experience of homelessness.

During this community consultation meeting, we will discuss three of the recommendations developed by the Kingston Community Advisory Board that speak to “Improving Services”:

Recommendation 4: We need to design more person-centred, integrated services where people are provided with immediate support irrespective of their perceived degree of ‘complexity’

Recommendation 5: Service providers who are managing a complex group within a complex system need to be provided with adequate emotional support to be healthy and effective within their roles

Recommendation 7: Increased access to abstinence-based programs in concert with harm-reduction support is needed

Attendees will join a facilitated discussion in small groups about each topic, and share their ideas about potential solutions in the Kingston community. The presenters will collect these ideas, and attendees will engage in a full-group discussion aimed at solutions for “Improving Services” within the city.

NOTE: This presentation would be of interest to community members living or working in Kingston or the surrounding areas, and who have an interest in improving the system of supports available for individuals during and after leaving homelessness.



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