From the City of London – March 24, 2014
London’s Community Plan Regarding Street Involved Sex Workers
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the London’s Community Plan Regarding Street Involved Sex Workers about?
London is developing a plan aimed at addressing, reducing and preventing homelessness regarding street involved sex workers. The plan will include recommendations on programs and solutions; the costs; evaluation criteria; and, will cover a 10 year planning period.
Who will be involved in developing the Plan?
Women with lived experience, their families, service providers from different sectors including community, health and justice, the London Police Service, as well as all levels of government, business and interested citizens will be included in the interviews and conversations.
How will the Plan be developed?
The Plan will be based on the lived experience of street-involved women and evidence informed practices collected through an international literature review. A “Housing First” approach is the underlying approach of the plan and will look at how housing stability, health and well-being can be achieved.
Why an emphasis on street involved sex workers?
We know that there are many reasons why individuals and families are homeless. Each person has unique reasons and therefore the supports and solutions need to focus on their unique circumstances. Individuals who experience chronic homelessness, street involved sex workers, youth and our urban Aboriginal populations are the priority groups identified under the Homeless Prevention System.
Are there areas the Plan will not address?
The plan will focus on the housing, health, and well-being of street involved sex workers. The plan will not consider the Supreme Court ruling, human trafficking and other forms of sex work including brothels, adult films, massage parlours, escort services and exotic dance clubs.
What is London’s Homeless Prevention System?
In 2010, City Council and the London Homeless Coalition approved the Community Plan on Homelessness and in 2013 the London Homeless Prevention System was introduced. The System focuses on applying a Housing First philosophy and approach to succeed at addressing, reducing and preventing homelessness in London. One key area of focus is to develop a community plan regarding street involved sex workers.
What is a “Housing First” approach?
A “Housing First” approach shifts the priority to move individuals and families quickly into a home with the supports needed to support their stability. This approach is in contrast to other models which expect individuals and families to first address the issues that led to their homelessness such as addiction, trauma, and mental illness before they were housed.
This evidence-based philosophy has proven positive results that health and well-being improves by quickly housing and stabilizing individuals and families who are in a housing crisis or are homeless.
When will the Plan be released?
The plan will be presented to Municipal Council in late 2014.
How can I get involved?
Contact Jan Richardson or Maria Sanchez-Keane if you wish to learn more about the consultation process.
Jan Richardson, Manager, Homeless Prevention, Neighbourhood, Children & Fire Services firstname.lastname@example.org 519.661.2500 ex.5228
Maria Sánchez-Keane, Consultant
Centre for Organizational Effectiveness
email@example.com |519.636.7079 (text only)