Ask Me (Us) Anything – Youth Homelessness Community Planning with Alina Turner and Mary-Jane McKitterick from A Way Home Canada
Ask us about Youth Homelessness Community Planning!
Is your community developing a plan to prevent, reduce and end youth homelessness? Do you have questions that you’d like answered? A Way Home is providing their expertise during this 1-hour live online discussion. Join Alina Turner and Mary-Jane McKitterick on September 27th at 1PM (ET) and ask them anything about Youth Homelessness Community Planning!
Addressing youth homelessness involves a number of different actions and solutions tailored to the specific needs of young people. Communities, in both rural and urban settings, are unique, and this must be accounted for in local efforts and plans. For instance, the overrepresentation of particular demographics in the local homeless population, such as Indigenous youth, makes a difference in the design of interventions.
A Way Home recently developed the Youth Homelessness Community Planning Toolkit that highlights Canadian examples of innovation and locally developed resources. It also draws on collective learning from the U.S., U.K. and Australia to complement Canadian findings. The toolkit provides guidance to local communities on a step-by-step approach to develop plans to end youth homelessness, and will help you map out what needs to be done to get you started, across the finish line and beyond.
Have questions about community planning? We encourage you to post them below in advance of the AMA. You can then join the discussion live from 1-2PM (ET) on September 27th, 2016.
More about us:
Alina Turner, PhD
Dr. Alina Turner is recognized as a leading homelessness researcher and is a Fellow at The School of Public Policy, University of Calgary. In her consulting work (Turner Research & Strategy), she supports with a variety of organizations to support human service system planning and integration, including plans to end homelessness and transitions to Housing First. She also engages in academic and applied research on issues including housing stress, poverty, domestic violence, migration and rural social issues. She has extensive experience in strategy and program development on a variety of social issues.
Prior to consulting, Alina was the Vice President of Strategy for the Calgary Homeless Foundation where she led program investments of more than $35M annually, system planning and integration, the Homeless Management Information System, research and policy. She also worked for the United Way of Calgary and Area leading the affordable housing policy and research portfolio. In 2012, she was appointed by the Mayor Nenshi to serve on the Calgary Poverty Reduction Initiative's leadership committee.
Mary-Jane McKitterick, Community Planning Manager, A Way Home
Mary-Jane McKitterick brings over 20 years progressive experience in Canada and abroad to the role of A Way Home’s Community Planning Manager. This includes community engagement and planning, development, homelessness, HIV/AIDS, community-based peacebuilding, education and social justice. She hails from both the small town and the megacity and her experience is supported by graduate degrees in humanities and social science. She loves it when new information turns everything we think we know on its head, especially when it helps us think differently about youth homelessness.
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