Where We're Going
The road home - a plan to end homelessness in Fredericton
The Road Home: A Plan to End Homelessness in Fredericton is the result of extensive research and planning. It outlines strategies and actions that will lead to an end to chronic homelessness in Fredericton. The goals of the plan involve affordable and supportive housing development, as well as community collaboration and the adoption of a Housing First systems approach.
The time has come to stop merely managing homelessness: with the Road Home, we will work toward ending long-term persistent homelessness in our community.
Where We Are
Fredericton Homeless Count 2016
Over a 24-hour period from February 21 - 22, Fredericton conducted its first Point-in-Time Count and Vulnerability Index assessment of homeless individuals in our community. More than 40 volunteers and 10 partner agencies participated in the Count. Volunteers took to the streets, shelters and homeless serving agencies to administer two distinct voluntary surveys to people experiencing homelessness (including those in our shelters, sleeping outdoors, couch surfing and in provisional housing).
The surveys were designed to serve two distinct roles:
1) identify a minimum number of people that were experiencing homelessness over a 24-hour period in order to provide our community with valuable baseline data to help track progress and change over time;
2) create actionable data on health and housing needs of individuals experiencing homelessness in order to improve coordination and access to resources for our community’s most vulnerable.
Initial findings from the Count show that a minimum of 50 people experienced homelessness on the night of February 21st in Fredericton in our shelters, on our streets and in transitional shelters. Broader demographics, service need and wellness information were collected from 71 individuals experiencing chronic and episodic homelessness: this data is critical in informing improved coordination of services and resources.
This Count is an important step in our efforts to move from managing homelessness to ending homelessness in Fredericton. Info gathered from these surveys will be helpful in understanding the big picture of need so that we can plan and prioritize resources and educate the broader community. This Count also launches Fredericton’s engagement in the 20,000 Homes Campaign, a national movement to provide housing and supports for those impacted by sustained, enduring homelessness.
Fredericton Homeless Count 2016 Community
Fredericton Homeless Count 2016 Video