Stratford social companies hoping to rent full-time homelessness supervisor

Stratford social companies hoping to rent full-time homelessness supervisor

Amid rising homelessness and an rising demand for help companies domestically, Stratford social companies is asking metropolis council for approval to rent a full-time homelessness and housing stability supervisor.

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To assist oversee and consolidate programming and help companies amid the latest spike in homelessness throughout Stratford, St. Marys and Perth County, town’s social companies division is asking council for approval to rent a full-time homelessness and housing stability supervisor.

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Social companies director Kim McElroy made a case throughout Tuesday’s social companies subcommittee assembly for a full-time supervisor who can be chargeable for overseeing programming for homelessness outreach and prevention, together with the homelessness enumeration lists and co-ordination of the emergency after-hours program, whereas providing help for companies provided by accomplice companies just like the Stratford Connection Centre and Shelterlink.

“As we transfer into the post-COVID-19 world and focus on our restoration, we all know that many people and households are experiencing housing insecurities as a result of rising rents and protracted inflation, thus rising the chance for individuals to grow to be homeless and serving as limitations to individuals making an attempt to exit homelessness.  … Stratford (social companies) and our partnering companies have made nice advances in creating programming and companies for our purchasers who’re experiencing homelessness or housing instabilities in recent times. Now we have by no means applied a administration place to supervise the inner applications, slightly now we have utilized the prevailing administration employees within the Ontario Works program, splitting their portfolio,” McElroy stated throughout the assembly.

In line with McElroy’s report, the division’s by-name checklist of individuals experiencing homelessness throughout the county has elevated by 25 per cent over the previous three years whereas the variety of individuals on the checklist who reported power homelessness has elevated by 35 per cent.

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Over the previous 5 years, the variety of households on the division’s centralized housing wait checklist that reported experiencing homelessness elevated by a staggering 257 per cent and, inside the previous 4 years, the variety of individuals supported by social companies’ inside homelessness outreach staff elevated by 265 per cent.

Whereas the variety of individuals accessing emergency shelters has dropped by 18 per cent since 2018, the variety of nights these persons are staying in shelter has since elevated by 383 per cent. In 2018, an individual accessing emergency shelter in Stratford, St. Marys or Perth County would keep for a mean of eight nights whereas, in 2021, that common keep ballooned to 48 nights. This improve will be partially attributed to adjustments in coverage to make sure the well being and security of purchasers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic

“Internally, there’s a capability concern to handle the elevated service-delivery calls for we’re experiencing in all areas of social companies,” McElroy instructed the Beacon Herald Wednesday. “This portfolio has beforehand resided inside the Ontario Works division.

“With the adjustments coming to Ontario Works programming via social-services modernization and employment transformation, (and) with the elevated calls for inside the homelessness and housing stability program, we’re requesting that council approve the hiring of this place to assist mitigate the present scenario by including a further employees member.”

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That additional employees member, McElroy defined, won’t solely assist take among the strain away from the native supervisor of Ontario Works and make sure the division’s programming can reply to neighborhood wants however may even allow social companies to raised help accomplice companies, lots of that are struggling to fill staffing vacancies and and sustain with rising demand throughout the reasonably priced housing disaster.

“I feel it’s a very good concept to have a centered employees member,” Coun. Jo-Dee Burbach stated. “Clearly, we will all see (homelessness) is an rising drawback and it’s an actual problem, so it might be actually good to have any individual centered on it fully.”

Whereas the hiring of a homelessness supervisor wouldn’t influence town’s 2022 finances due to employees attrition inside the division, McElroy famous in her report the place may value from $60,000 to $80,000 yearly in future years. As that value can be cut up between the accomplice municipalities, Stratford’s portion would seemingly be between $24,000 and $33,000 per yr.

Consideration of this new supervisor place will go to a future social companies committee assembly Stratford council votes on remaining approval.

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