Background

About London’s Homeless Prevention and Housing 5-Year Plan

London’s Homeless Prevention and Housing Plan is being updated in 2019. The purpose of the planning process is to create a community plan that will guide the work of homeless prevention and housing over the next five years.

The Plan will help London move towards the goal of housing stability for individuals and families.

Why is the Plan being created?

The creation of the Homeless Prevention and Housing Plan is:

  • An opportunity for London to identify local needs to be addressed through homeless prevention and housing services.
  • Intended to satisfy the planning requirements of Municipal Council, the Province of Ontario, and the Government of Canada, and will align with existing city, regional, provincial, and national strategies.

Who is leading this in London?

  • The City of London’s Homeless Prevention and Housing service divisions (both with the Housing, Social Services and Dearness Home (HSSDH) service area) will jointly lead this work.
  • The scope of work includes Homeless Prevention in London and Housing Services for both the City of London and Middlesex County.
  • Homeless Prevention and Housing Services will support Middlesex County to develop their own Plan regarding homeless prevention strategies and actions.

How do I provide feedback?

1. Complete An Online Survey – Share your ideas about homeless prevention and housing in London by completing the online survey.

2. Facilitate A Community Conversation – Facilitate and/or participate in a community conversation in your organization or neighbourhood. The Community Conversation Toolkit provides everything needed to facilitate a community conversation.

3. Participate in a Community Consultation – Participate in the theme-based consultation sessions to review and provide feedback on draft strategies to be included in the Plan.

Survey

Please share your ideas about strategies and actions for the Homeless Prevention and Housing Plan. There are 11 survey themes, please respond to the themes that are relevant and of interest to you.

Feedback will be collected online up until Sunday, June 30, 2019.

Please select each theme below to share your feedback.
View the sources referenced in developing content found in this online survey.

Community Conversations

Facilitate a community conversation in your organization or neighbourhood by Sunday, June 30, 2019.

All feedback will be compiled and used to create draft strategies and actions for the Homeless Prevention and Housing Plan.

To facilitate a Community Conversation download the Community Conversation Toolkit. The Toolkit provides everything needed to facilitate a community conversation.

Community Conversation Toolkit PDF

Community Consultations

Participate in the theme-based consultation sessions to review and provide feedback on draft strategies to be included in the Plan.

At each consultation session, breakfast or lunch and refreshments will be provided and there will be a keynote speaker. All Community Consultations will be held at the Carousel Room, Western Fair District.

To register for a Community Consultation, please visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HPHLondon


Consultation Theme #1: Emergency Shelter and Specialized Housing

Description: Review and discuss strategies and actions focused on emergency shelter and specialized housing needs for individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

Date: May 6, 2019

Time: 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Keynote Speaker: Solving Chronic Homelessness... Do You Believe It's Possible? Marie Morrison, Director of Built for Zero Canada, Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness (CAEH). Marie is a dynamic leader with 20 years of experience in housing and homelessness. Prior to joining CAEH, Marie worked for 15 years with the Region of Waterloo as a System Manager to create a housing focused system designed to end homelessness. Waterloo was the first community to pilot a Registry Week and one of the first to achieve a quality By-Name List.

Registration Deadline: Sunday, April 28, 2019

May 6 Community Consultation Presentation

Review of the Landscape Document


Consultation Theme #2: Retaining Community Housing – Supplements

Description: Review and discuss strategies and actions to enhance supplement tools to support a diverse housing community.

Date: May 16, 2019

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Keynote Speaker: Best Practices in Community Housing. Jim Steele, CEO, Windsor Essex Community Housing Corporation. Jim has over 30 years of experience in housing and is a seasoned speaker. Under his leadership, the Windsor Essex Community Housing Corporation has become a leader in the housing sector, contributing to the development and support of strong communities.

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, May 8, 2019


Consultation Theme #3: Creating, Retaining, and Enhancing Housing Stock

Description: Review and discuss strategies and actions related to housing stock, including how to create, retain, and enhance existing housing stock inclusive of housing options that are affordable to all Londoners.

Date: May 29, 2019

Time: 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Keynote Speaker: Addressing the Need For New Affordable Development In Canada. Derek Ballantyne, Manager Partner, New Commons Development and Board Chair at Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. Derek has over 20 years of experience in housing, real estate management and development business, with a focus on affordable housing.

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, May 21, 2019

May 29 Community Consultation Presentation

Review of the Landscape Document

Consultation Theme #4: Coordinated Access and Housing First

Description: Review and discuss strategies and actions related to assisting individuals and families to secure and maintain permanent housing through coordinated access and Housing First.

Date: June 3, 2019

Time: 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Keynote Speaker: Ending Chronic Homelessness is Possible. Jaime Rogers, Homeless and Housing Development, Medicine Hat Community Housing Society. Jamie is a dynamic speaker and leader behind Medicine Hat's success in ending chronic homelessness. Medicine Hat works from a system approach and has developed innovative housing approaches that have worked.

Registration Deadline: Sunday, May 26, 2019

June 3 Community Consulation Presentation

Review of the Landscape Document


Consultation Theme #5: Access to Community Housing – Waitlist and Priorities

Description: Review and discuss strategies and actions to improve access to community (social) housing.

Date: June 19, 2019

Time: 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Keynote Speaker: Rethinking the Journey Into Community Housing. Joy Connelly has worked in affordable housing for almost 40 years. For the past 19 years, as an independent consultant, Joy has worked on over 200 projects for all three levels of government, and non-profit, co-op and supportive housing sector organizations and providers. It’s all experience that has given her both ideas — and opinions! — about accessing community housing.

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, June 11, 2019