HORIZON PROJECT

HOUSING FIRST

Research to intervene: The project aims to identify the housing needs for victims
of sexual exploitation and human trafficking in Quebec so as to develop a housing models

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Research to address key aspects:

Rechercher pour intervenir contre une problématique grandissante

A growing problem

Rechercher pour intervenir pour des femmes et des hommes abandonnés

Abandoned women and men

Rechercher pour intervenir pour des victimes qui souhaitent s'en sortir

Victims who want
a way out

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THE OBJECTIVES

1) To engage partners interested in developing housing and intervention services for survivors of sexual exploitation and human trafficking
2) To identify current services and housing resources currently helping these victims
3) To identify housing needs for these victims in accordance with their gender, cultural identity and sexual orientation
4) To elaborate housing models and related intervention protocols in partnership with one or more shelters located in Quebec
5) To produce a communication plan for Québec among the population and certain targeted communities.

The project consists of phases aligned with the overall
project timetable which starts in December 2016 and ends in March 2019.
These phases are :

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THE ENGAGEMENT

December 2016 to December 2017

It covers the 1st objective and consists in :

Identify existing partners and service providers;
Write a communication plan for the project;
Recruit a research team wich is supported by a consultation committee.

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THE RESEARCH

January to December 2018

The identification of the housing needs covers the 2nd and 3rd objectives and consists of :

Make a list of existing housing resources;
Identify general and specific housing needs of various communities;
Know more about other Canadian housing initiatives;
Identify general and specific housing needs through study.

The development of a housing models covers the 4th objective and consists of :

Develop a consensus among the various stakeholders and partners of the project on the accommodation model and its services;
Propose a plan to implement the models chosen in partnership with shelters and other existing organizations;
Identify organizations that demonstrate an interest in developing housing, support and follow-up services for these.

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THE AWARENESS

January to March 2019

It covers the 5th objective and includes a dissemination plan targeting :
1. Players, partners and targeted communities

Players: shelters and community organizations;
Partners: health, justice, public safety, and consultation committees;
Targeted communities: Aboriginal people, youth and the LGBT community;
By producing communication tool adapted to each one.

2. The general population

By spreading awareness-raising tools on human trafficking, sexual exploitation and the project on the web and social media.

The project is receiving the majority of its funding from the Canadian Program to Combat Serious and Organized Crime (CPCSOC) from Public Security Canada and is part of progressing efforts to fight human trafficking and sexual exploitation in Canada.