Solutions Lab

Key takeaways and learnings

The ShelterCare Solutions Lab ran from March 2020 to September 2021. Thank you to the project team and community members who were involved! Please contact us to learn more or hear about next steps.

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The National Housing Strategy Solutions Lab program offers organizations with funding and expertise to help them solve complex housing problems. The funding is used to explore new ways of making progress on a housing challenge.

The aim of the ShelterCare Solutions Lab was to use human-centred design to reimagine a community-wide approach to designing responsive and relationship-based healthcare and housing supports to help end homelessness in Waterloo Region. 

This Solutions Lab was made possible through the support of CMHC, and the ideas, energy and knowledge of many community members and partners. House of Friendship and Overlap Associates facilitated the project.

This project entitled “Beyond Shelter: A Relationship-Based Approach to Emergency Housing and Health Care” received funding from the National Housing Strategy under the NHS Solutions Labs, however, the views expressed are the personal views of the author and CMHC accepts no responsibility for them.

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