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Housing first...the rest will follow : Moving from homelessness to stability

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Where and when

Fredericton, Canada. 5 to 22 July 2018.

Educational content area

Human Rights

Project description

This IPP will explore what homelessness looks like. Participants will work with a partner organization to help construct an affordable house. Participants will learn about strategies and actions that, through community collaboration, can lead to an end to chronic and episodic homelessness.

Habitat for Humanity Fredericton Area mobilizes volunteers and community partners to build affordable housing and promote home-ownership as a means to breaking the cycle of poverty. Using donations of money, materials and labour, they aim to make a difference – one house, one family and one volunteer at a time.

Community Action Group on Homelessness (CAGH) is a joint initiative of over 30 non-profit organizations, government representatives and community leaders. They work to strengthen the community capacity to end homelessness via collective planning, collaboration, and community engagement.

Participants will listen to professionals working in the area, as well as those with direct experience of living homeless.  They will discover how the ‘housing first’ strategy can help address related issues ie addictions, budgeting, mental illness, poor health. Participants will learn about resources available such as emergency shelters, community kitchens and outreach services.  IPP participants will learn from each other enriching their knowledge & perspective about homelessness & housing stability by providing a global view.

Participant profile

Participants should ideally:

  • have an interest in the topic of homelessness and a desire to work with the theme in your own community
  • be open-minded and non-judgmental
  • be good communicators
  • be flexible and easy going
  • be open to interacting with people of different socio-economic backgrounds
  • be willing to do manual work on a build site - no skills needed but experience or skills in home construction/renovating may be an asset

How to take part

Contact your nearest CISV National Association and register your interest for IPP P-2018-002 Canada

Download general 2018 IPP information

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