NAVIGATOR STREET OUTREACH provides support to motivated street-involved and homeless individuals by assisting them in securing and maintaining employment and housing through partnerships with community agencies, Downtown Halifax Business Commission, Spring Garden Area Business Association and their business members.

 

We work with street-involved and homeless individuals to cultivate their true potential to be engaged, healthy and contributing members of the community. We offer support to secure and maintain meaningful employment and sustainable housing, and referrals to appropriate community programs. We work in partnership with the greater community to create long-term solutions to the challenges faced by those we serve.

Employment Support

Where individuals are motivated and assessed to be job-ready, Navigator Street Outreach is able to offer key supports to assist them in securing and maintaining employment. This support ranges from providing bus tickets to get to the work site; to replacing identification (in order to apply for work, open bank account, or cash checks); to providing basic work tools, clothing or specialized equipment (steel-toed boots, anti-skid shoes). Some individuals may also be offered assistance to return to their home community, or relocate to another city if they have secured full-time employment.

52 %

Helping more people each year

Street Outreach connected with 310 different people last year. Of those: 160 were first time connections.

Housing Support

Navigator Street Outreach offers housing and eviction prevention support to individuals and families across HRM. We provide individualized support to address barriers to securing and maintaining housing. Individuals receive help with housing searches, damage deposits, identification, power and phone arrears, rental arrears, transportation to viewings, securing funding and references.

285

intakes

145

housed

90

evictions prevented

7

relocated

Navigation

Many individuals approached during outreach are not able to secure employment or housing. Often, difficult behaviours associated with mental health or addictions create too big a barrier. The Navigator provides support to these individuals as they attempt to “navigate” various systems, and advocates for specific services; including addictions services, mental health supports, Income Assistance, legal/justice. The Navigator often accompanies individuals to appointments to ensure their attempts to access services are smooth and issue-free.

80%%

Addictions (drugs, alcohol, gambling)

Of the individuals engaged by Navigator, approx 80% struggle with addictions.
30%%

Mental Health

Of the individuals engaged by Navigator, approx 30% struggle with mental health issues.
20%%

Addictions & Mental Health

Of the individuals engaged by Navigator, approx 20% struggle with both addictions and mental health issues.