Open house on homelessness initiative

An open house is being held today featuring a presentation of a proposed leadership model to help end homelessness in Red Deer.

The open house runs from noon to 2 p.m. at the Scott Block (4818 50 Ave.) and will include a presentation of a model and a display of posters and videos.

“We are very excited about the potential of this model to support the exceptional work that is taking place in Red Deer to address homelessness,” said Janice Wing, CEO of the Red Deer and District Community Foundation. “We are hopeful the community members with an interest in carrying on this important work will join us as a member or leader of a working group.”

Those who would like to help continue the work are invited to a facilitated event June 14 from 9 a.m. to noon.

In 2008, the Mayor’s Task Force on Ending Homelessness released EveryOne’s Home: Red Deer’s Vision and Framework on Ending Homelessness by 2018. This document was the result of three years of work by the task force, a group of community leaders with Mayor Morris Flewwelling at the helm.

In April community leaders were asked to reconvene to examine models of leadership to ensure the work to end homelessness continues in a strategic way. Now the community is invited to offer feedback on the proposed leadership model for moving forward.