Hundreds of people filed into the Regina Treaty Status Indian Services building Wednesday for Regina’s Plan To End Homelessness Summit, hosted by the YMCA.
The summit consisted of engagement sessions, as well as the opportunity to discuss the barriers that lead to homelessness here in the Saskatchewan capital.
Alina Turner is one of the Principal Consultants with Turner Strategies, one of the groups involved in leading Regina’s Plan To End Homelessness.
She said one of the biggest blockades mentioned to her during the session was that of affordability.
“Housing affordability being a key driver,” she said. “And connecting that to what we’re seeing at the street and shelter level as well. Increasing the affordability of housing is more than increasing (the number of) units.”
One of the goals of the plan is to have an Indigenous based approach. And following the summit, Turner spoke about how incredibly engaged Indigenous peoples have been in the process, noting the ideas and contributions they addressed.
“There’s going to be some things around reconciliation,” she said. “Recognizing action on homelessness being an action on reconciliation. So I think that will come out. Having a focus on housing affordability, like I mentioned and, as well, system co-ordination.”