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7 Cities work collaboratively on several fronts to support an end to homelessness:

  • ​Advance policy solutions to end homelessness with government partners.

  • Knowledge development and dissemination with Alberta and national peers to advance an end to homelessness.

  • Supporting the professional development of Alberta's homeless-serving leaders and front-line workers.

  • ​Service excellence and program development to ensure continuous improvement.



Each of the 7 Cities undertakes the following roles in their respective communities:


1. System Planning & Integration   
  • Lead the implementation of local plans to end homelessness;

  • Advance system integration with public systems to support an end to homelessness;

  • Ensure the needs of the local community are addressed in planning and implementation, and that local leadership, services, and community members are engaged in ending homelessness;

  • Monitor, evaluate and report on progress of local plans;

  • Engage, design, implement, and coordinate the local homeless-serving system, including program design and development;

  • Implement and operate the local homeless management information system;

  • Foster relationships and collaboration with key government and community stakeholders.


2. Funding & Performance Management
  • Manage diverse funding streams to meet community priorities and targets, compliance, monitoring, and reporting requirements to funders;

  • Ensure comprehensive outcomes measurement, program monitoring and quality assurance processes are in place;

  • Implement and support the uptake of service quality standards for programs within the homeless-serving system.

  • Align funding to maximize community impact. 


3. Knowledge Leadership & Innovation
  • Implement innovative program and adaptations, particularly Housing First, to meet local needs leveraging existing and new resources;

  • Ensure research supports the implementation of the local plan and share best practices at regional and national levels;

  • Mobilize knowledge and research to support agencies, peers and public policy makers in the execution of their roles;

  • Champion homelessness issues in the local community, but also provincially, nationally and internationally;

  • Consult and engage with diverse stakeholders to support plan implementation;

  • Implement capacity building initiatives, including training and technical assistance across the homeless-serving sector.



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