ASCHH Strategic Plan
The current focus of the Aboriginal Standing Committee on Housing and Homelessness (ASCHH) is to implement the goals and objectives of the Strategic Planning workshop held February 25 – 27, 2011, at Nakoda Lodge. This document, the Strategic Plan for the Aboriginal Standing Committee on Housing and Homelessness 2011, replaces the former Strategic Plan written in 2009, and will provide guidance for ASCHH’s work until 2014. The Strategic Plan process and report was facilitated by Wolf Spirit Services Inc. The final report was reviewed, edited, and approved by the Co-Chairs and members of the Aboriginal Standing Committee on Housing and Homelessness.
On February 25, 2011, ASCHH members gathered to reflect and discuss from where ASCHH originated, and in which direction it is headed. Following are the summarized comments from the participants on ASCHH’s history, accomplishments to date, and ASCHH’s role in housing and homelessness in the Calgary Aboriginal community.
The Aboriginal Standing Committee on Housing and Homelessness was formed to bring a voice to urban Aboriginal peoples who are experiencing, or who are at risk for, homelessness. Going forward, committee members suggested prevention as a part of the plan to end homelessness, as well as providing culturally sensitive programs and support. Cultural awareness, at different levels of government; educational institutions; the penal system; agencies that work with Aboriginal peoples; and society at large, is an important component to ending Aboriginal homelessness. The final statement in going forward is “to be heard with action!”