Local Housing

We Are Serious About Ending Homelessness in Waterloo Region

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Locally we celebrated National Housing Day on November 16. A week later, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the historic National Housing Strategy.  With this announcement, the Federal Government has definitively declared that it is committed to working toward ending homelessness and creating affordable housing. The Ontario Government, through its Poverty Reduction Strategy prioritized ending homelessness. […]

Data

How close are we to ending homelessness?

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Ever heard of ‘functional zero?’   If you guessed it’s the temperature that freezes your car engine in the dead of winter, you’d be wrong. But if you guessed it’s the number that tells us we’ve ended homelessness, you’d be right. We’re talking about it now because the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness 20,000 Homes Campaign Progress […]

Data

Four key homelessness stats for Waterloo Region

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The Data Is In The annual Housing Stability Data Summary from the Region of Waterloo has been a crucial resource for the local housing sector for the past five years. In case you missed it, the most recent report was released at the end of June. Since not everyone wants, or has the time, to dive into the meaning […]

Announcement

HHUG Annual Report highlights for 2016-2017

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Last month the HHUG held its AGM and published the HHUG Annual Report for 2016-2017.   Here are a few things we did last year: Trained 140 participants via the Housing Stability Training Centre. Launched the SPDAT training workshops for housing service providers in Waterloo Region. Advocated for people discharged from Provincial jails who were experiencing homelessness. […]

Announcement

Register now for fall workshops

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Calling all housing service providers in Waterloo Region!   The HHUG Housing Stability Training Centre has its 2017 fall line-up ready to go. Whether you need an intro or a refresher on the local housing stability system, we’ve got you covered. Sharon Martin with the Region of Waterloo will be sharing her ‘nuts and bolts’ presentation about Ontario Works system in Waterloo Region […]

Announcement

Argus accepting referrals for youth

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Eva Vlasov, Executive Director for Argus Residence for Young People has asked HHUG to share this news from Argus: “I am pleased to share that Argus has reinstated its age mandate for youth to 16-24. Argus is now accepting referrals for youth 16-24. A very special thanks to services who assisted youth during our transition.” […]

Annual Report

HHUG Annual Report: 2015-2016

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We are pleased to share with the HHUG community our Annual Report for 2015-2016. Here are a few things we did: Launched the Community Guide to End Homelessness in Waterloo Region Screened the documentary Lowdown Tracks through a partnership with the STEPhome Participant Advisory Group (PAG) Submitted a report to the Provincial Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy Consultation Presented to a number of government stakeholders, […]

Training

HSTC Workshops: Winter/Spring 2017

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HHUG’s Housing Stability Training Centre (HSTC) is offering a number of valuable workshops for our Winter/Spring season! This year we’ve added the Full and VI- SPDAT (Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool) to our training line-up. What is SPDAT? SPDAT is an evidence-based assessment tool being used across Waterloo Region to prioritize and coordinate services to people experiencing homelessness. […]

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Participate in NHS Process

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The Federal Government is undertaking a broad consultation on the priorities for a National Housing Strategy.   This is a very significant development.    We need everyone to share their thoughts and ideas.  Go to the website   Let’s Talk Housing https://www.letstalkhousing.ca/.  This is an opportunity to share concerns and table suggestions about improving the lives of those in […]

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Fall 2016 Workshops

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HHUG is pleased to announce its Fall, 2016 workshop line up.  Back by popular demand – Community Housing and Housing Stability System – An Overview (previously called HSS 103).  These workshops are a great and cost effective ($15 each) to orient new staff and students or as a way to refresh and update knowledge base […]