Mayor Dan Curtis and Chief Doris Bill
The Safe at Home plan targets improved housing options and service coordination for low income and vulnerable Yukoners. It focuses on a Housing First concept, which recognizes safe and secure housing as the first step to improving an individual’s life.
Download a copy of Safe at Home, A Community-based Action Plan to End and Prevent Homelessness in Whitehorse, Yukon. Published September 30, 2017.
The plan was informed by individuals with lived experience as well as input from community members.
Safe at Home is a four-government plan: City of Whitehorse, Kwanlin Dün First Nation (KDFN), Ta’an Kwäch’än Council (TKC), and Yukon government (represented by the Department of Health and Social Services and Yukon Housing Corporation). The co-chairs for the creation of the Safe at Home Action Plan were Kristina Craig (Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition) and Christina Sim with KDFN.
The City of Whitehorse and Kwanlin Dün First Nation (KDFN) came together with a shared vision to improve the lives of vulnerable people in our city. Together, we invited other governments, businesses, organizations, and the public to come together to share ideas and insights on how to better support people at risk and find solutions to end homelessness.
In 2015, the City and KDFN held two public events at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre to share experiences and harness ideas on how to address this important and challenging issue.
Action 1: The Vulnerable People at Risk Forum was a full day, public event held on April 24, 2015. Nearly 300 people attended. The day included a series of speakers, a panel discussion, and an interactive session.
Action 2: The Business Roundtable was held on September 11 and 12, 2015 to engage members of the Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce and others from the wider business community. The roundtable included a reception and workshop.
Summary Report: Vulnerable People at Risk Forum and Business Roundtable
- Appendix 1: Vulnerable People at Risk Forum, Public Comments
- Appendix 2: Business Roundtable Reception and Workshop, Public Comments
After concluding the 2015 Vulnerable Persons Initiative, Kwanlin Dün First Nation (KDFN) leadership with support from the City of Whitehorse successfully secured funding from the Government of Yukon for specific, focused support for ongoing efforts. The Safe at Home Plan was the eventual result.
As we gain momentum, we see a strong willingness to keep going and make a difference together. We are charting new ground and that is okay because we know our community is behind us. We do not have all the answers, but we will continue to work with our community towards a better society for everyone.
Melodie Simard, Manager, Planning & Sustainability Services, firstname.lastname@example.org.