Pillar Two – Coordinating Supports

MATH is cognizant of the need for permanent, accessible, and well-promoted support services. These supports must be delivered to each client in a manner in which they can be accepted and used by that client.

This would include comprehensive case management, starting with a case manager. Port Coquitlam is fortunate to have a variety of services and supports available but sometimes, information is fragmented and the people who most need help are often the ones least capable of accessing that help.

HFGS will reinforce non-profit organizations supporting Tri-Cities residents experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness. It will enhance the efficiency and cooperation between agencies to optimize existing resources and reduce the administrative burden on the organizations providing services to the homeless. In tandem, it will build public support and encourage community action on homelessness.

HFGS will indentify existing programs, funding, and non-profit, governmental, or faith-based programs. Then, the case manager will connect the homeless person first with housing and then with the supports and services they need to continue to be housed.

Case managers will be fully supported by HFGS committees to develop strategies to deal with situations as they arise. HFGS will also provide full access to its database of supports and services.

The role of the case manager is to connect the client with the supports in the community necessary to address their individual needs and to monitor client progress. The ideal ratio is one case manager for a maximum of 20 individuals.

Some of the supports needed by individuals include help in transitioning to indoor living; life skills including cooking, shopping, budgeting; and social integration with the community.

Many individuals will require addiction and/or mental health counseling and supports.

Other services will include education, employment skills and training, and job search assistance. HFGS will identify those organizations that create opportunities for the most vulnerable to increase incomes in order to gain and retain housing.

HFGS will be created to deliver the message that homelessness can be ended by finding homes for good. HFGS will ask residents for financial and other support.