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Video Stories Project Launched To Highlight Abbotsford’s Homelessness Prevention and Response System (3 VIDEOS)

Abbotsford – The City of Abbotsford has released a series of videos that highlight the City’s Coordinated Intake and Referral (CIR) Program as part of the ongoing work of the Abbotsford Homelessness Prevention and Response System.

The announcement was made by Mayor Henry Braun, who in one video,talks quite candidly about the situation.

In May 2015, the City of Abbotsford received $400,989 in funding from Service Canada towards the development of a Coordinated Intake and Referral (CIR) model to provide individuals who are experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of homelessness to access housing and health supports. The CIR was developed by a research and design team comprised of local housing and service providers, Fraser Health Authority, BC Housing, Ministry of Social Development-Poverty Reduction, and the City of Abbotsford.

The project’s mission statement is to document the process, provide information regarding the Abbotsford Homelessness Prevention and Response System and Coordinated Intake and Referral Model, and increase awareness.

Along with help from the University of the Fraser Valley, the Abbotsford Stories Project and the online curriculum respond to the Homelessness in Abbotsford Action Plan’s strategic direction to create a culture of inclusion and respect.

City of Abbotsford brought together multiple agencies and partners to initiate a Collaborative Response to homelessness in Abbotsford.

Coordinated Intake and Referral Program was developed to help people experiencing homelessness to access appropriate housing and support connections.

Laina quit going to school half way through grade 8 and never went back. She started using drugs and working the streets at a very young age.

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