This report provides an overview of Winnipeg’s journey to a coordinated housing and homelessness system.
End Homelessness Winnipeg, the Community Entity in Winnipeg, has been developing coordination processes for several years and is now at the point of building coordination practices across the entire housing and homelessness system. This process has been grounded in the knowledge from previous research reports and from the lived experience of community members. To further document the journey to a holistic coordinated access system, End Homelessness Winnipeg partnered with the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness (COH) to develop a program logic model and evaluation framework to guide implementation.
To begin, a Project Advisory Committee was created. This Committee provided guidance on the project and was composed of stakeholders from End Homelessness Winnipeg, community members, and the COH team. The Committee shared valuable information on the context of Winnipeg, the history of coordinated access in Winnipeg, and the vision for a fully implemented coordinated access system. The Committee also provided the COH with key documents related to coordinated access systems.
With this information, the COH team drafted a program logic model that outlined the vision, goals, target population, eligibility, inputs, activities, outputs, outcomes, and guiding principles of a fully operational coordinated access system in Winnipeg. The logic model was presented to the Committee and refinements were made.
Having a draft program logic model prepared, the next step involved verifying the logic model with members of the community. A total of five consultations took place with community members that reflected the diversity of Winnipeg. This included Indigenous people, older adults, women and gender diverse communities, people with disabilities, young people, newcomers and refugees, and 2SLGBTQ+ individuals.