Hope House

Year:
2021
Region:
Inuvialuit Settlement Region, Northwest Territories
Type:
Finalist
Theme:
Healing, Health & Wellness, Skills development
Category:
AIP

Homelessness is a growing problem in the North, particularly in Inuvik, which has seen a large influx of homeless people from the Western Arctic. Resources currently exist, but are insufficient to meet demand. Hope House aims to provide clients experiencing homelessness with supports including mental health counselling and referrals to rehabilitation, social housing programs, and labour market opportunities. It would also provide support for necessities like medical and dental visits, and obtaining identification like a health card or photo ID to open a bank account. Staff and volunteers would engage with local partners like the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, Nihtat Gwich’in Council, and social and labour market agencies to help meet the clients’ needs.

Nominator: Lesa Semmler
MLA, Inuvik Twin Lakes
Team:
Peggy Day (Team Leader), William Hurst, Veronica Kasook, Susan Peffer