HORIZON PROJECT

HOUSING FIRST

Intervention research project: aims to identify the housing needs for victims
of sexual exploitation and human trafficking in Quebec developing 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 started in December 2016 and ended in March 2019.
These phases were :

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THE ENGAGEMENT

December 2016 to December 2017

It covered the 1st objective and consisted of :

Identifying existing partners and service providers;
Writing a communication plan for the project;
Recruiting a research team which was supported by a consultation committee.

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THE RESEARCH

January to December 2018

The identification of the housing needs covered the 2nd and 3rd objectives and consisted of :

Making a list of existing housing resources;
Identifying general and specific housing needs of various communities;
Knowing more about other Canadian housing initiatives;
Identifying general and specific housing needs through study.

The development of a housing model covered the 4th objective and consisted of :

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

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THE AWARENESS

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;
This was done by producing communication tools adapted to each community.

2. The general population

This was done by spreading awareness-raising tools on human trafficking, sexual exploitation and sharing the horizon project on the internet and social media.

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