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Veterans Affairs committee  I can tell you that I don't believe any of the numbers at this point, because there are varying challenges with each of them. My guess would be that there are significantly fewer than 10,000. About 235,000 people experience homelessness in Canada in a year, and there are 35,000

November 29th, 2018Committee meeting

Tim Richter

Veterans Affairs committee  That would take a little bit more thinking than I have done up to this moment. In a typical Housing First program, for example, we can take a chronically homeless individual off the streets, put them into permanent housing and provide them with a rent support and some services fo

November 29th, 2018Committee meeting

Tim Richter

Veterans Affairs committee  I think it's important to build a network of outreach that's able to engage with people. What we find is veterans will often like to engage with other veterans, although some will try to avoid other veterans, to be honest. Some want nothing to do with their past military experien

November 29th, 2018Committee meeting

Tim Richter

Veterans Affairs committee  It's maybe a better question for Dave. I think that matching funding is not necessarily a bad thing, but in my view it is clearly an area of federal responsibility.

November 29th, 2018Committee meeting

Tim Richter

Veterans Affairs committee  We don't do that direct client service, but I know that in communities, Veterans Affairs is actually quite good about referring people into community-based programs. One of the biggest challenges is the sharing of information between VAC and the other services and systems. One of

November 29th, 2018Committee meeting

Tim Richter

Veterans Affairs committee  The national housing strategy has labelled veterans as a priority. I'm not sure exactly how that plays out in practice. It's still up to organizations like Homes for Heroes to apply for the funding. I would really strongly suggest that there be some kind of carve-out from the Ca

November 29th, 2018Committee meeting

Tim Richter

Veterans Affairs committee  Do you mean us? No.

November 29th, 2018Committee meeting

Tim Richter

Veterans Affairs committee  It's important to know that there are a lot of assumptions loaded into how we're responding to veterans today. There's an assumption, for example, that their disability is related to service or whatever. In my view, there are a couple of things that are really important. There a

November 29th, 2018Committee meeting

Tim Richter

Veterans Affairs committee  It's for homelessness. Veterans would be identified as well.

November 29th, 2018Committee meeting

Tim Richter

Veterans Affairs committee  Right now we're working with 38 communities around the country through our 20,000 homes campaign. Part of that process is something called a by-name list. It is real-time, person-specific data on everyone experiencing homelessness. That's an approach that has been used successfu

November 29th, 2018Committee meeting

Tim Richter

Veterans Affairs committee  I'll start. I think there is an assumption that there is a correlation between medical discharge and homelessness. That's not necessarily always the case. We need to have a bit better evidence to suggest that. I also think that when people are released from the forces, there

November 29th, 2018Committee meeting

Tim Richter

Veterans Affairs committee  Good afternoon, everyone, and thanks for the opportunity. I'm pleased to be here speaking to you from Calgary, from the traditional territories of the people of Treaty 7 in southern Alberta. The city of Calgary is also home to the MĂ©tis Nation of Alberta, region III. I'm here in

November 29th, 2018Committee meeting

Tim Richter

Status of Women committee  I'll answer that question, but I also want to address the earlier point about staying focused on domestic violence shelters. I take the point of the focus of the committee, but the fact of the matter is that the people in those shelters are all homeless. It's important to think a

October 17th, 2018Committee meeting

Tim Richter

Status of Women committee  There are a lot of different strategies that you could use. It's important to remember that a lot of these women remain hidden, and we need to think about why. I think they're hidden because they don't want to risk losing their children to child and family services authorities—c

October 17th, 2018Committee meeting

Tim Richter

Status of Women committee  Child welfare systems in the provinces are a superhighway into homelessness for children who are in those systems. They are often more of a threat than a help to vulnerable women with their children, so they won't access those systems at all.

October 17th, 2018Committee meeting

Tim Richter