Message from the Director General
Welcome to the second edition of the Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) Bulletin. The first edition in August 2011 was very well received – many thanks to everyone who provided feedback.
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This issue highlights research and promising practices on addressing youth homelessness which many of you identified as an important priority topic, either through your responses to the Research Priority Questionnaire sent out in the spring 2011, through discussions the Homelessness Partnering Secretariat (HP Sec) has had with some representatives from Community Advisory Boards (CABs) and Community Entities (CEs) in Ontario and Atlantic Canada, or through the community planning process that was completed last year in all 61 HPS communities. Please note that the HP Secretariat plans on having another discussion on priority topics in Western Canada in February 2012 and I trust that this discussion will also prove to be informative.
In addition, a Call for Proposals on youth homelessness research was just launched on January 3rd. We are also working on the third edition of the HPS Bulletin, which will focus on Promising Practices related to mental health and homelessness. In the meantime, please feel free to send us your ideas and suggestions – we want to hear from you! After all, these Bulletins are for your information needs and we want to make certain that they are informative and helpful.
Before closing, I would also like to take this opportunity to recognize all of the hard work undertaken by CABs and CEs in preparing their Community Plans for 2011-2014. This exercise is fundamental to the HPS community-based model and is designed to engage the broader community in addressing this complex issue. While it certainly is a challenging exercise, the information that comes out of this process is invaluable. For each community, the plans underscore where they have been, what they have accomplished and what's ahead over the next three years in addressing homelessness. On behalf of the Secretariat, I would like to thank the many dedicated community members who have been very successful in making this happen.
Wishing you all a Happy New Year,
Barbara Lawless, Director General