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MP Strahl Encourages Nominations for Advisory Committee on Homelessness

OTTAWA – Mark Strahl, MP for Chilliwack-Hope is inviting his constituents to apply to become a member of an advisory committee of experts and stakeholders in the field of homelessness to support the renewal of the Homelessness Partnering Strategy.

“I’ve committed to working with my constituents and all levels of government to find solutions to homelessness and housing pressures in Chilliwack,” stated MP Strahl. “I have been encouraged by the level of engagement in our community on this issue. I’m asking interested individuals to put their names forward for a position on the Advisory Committee on Homelessness, because I know that there is a lot of expertise on this matter in our community.”

Those interested can submit their nomination to become a member of the new Advisory Committee on Homelessness based on the following criteria:

Knowledge of the Homelessness Partnering Strategy;
A minimum of two years of experience working or volunteering with an organization working on homelessness related issues (e.g. municipality, health sector, service provider, non-governmental organization, university/college etc.);
Ability to participate constructively in policy discussions. This could include public policy discussions at the local, provincial or territorial, federal or global levels on issues related to, for example, strategy development, planning, priority setting, and resource allocation; and,
Available and willing to commit to participate as an Advisory Committee member over the entire period of the Advisory Committee’s work, anticipated to be up to six months.
Other considerations:

Knowledge of issues facing particular sub-populations experiencing homelessness in Canada (for example: Indigenous peoples and Inuit, veterans, youth, women fleeing violence) would be an asset.
Persons with lived experience of homelessness are encouraged to submit their nomination.
The nomination period will be open until February 20, 2017. The members of the Advisory Committee will be announced in spring 2017.