Housing insecurity and homelessness are not just urban issues. From the 2020 Rural Homelessness Estimation, 42 of the 52 residents surveyed identified as homeless or housing insecure.   

The County has been part of various initiatives to learn more about the reality of homelessness and housing insecurity in our rural area and to work on identifying support for residents 

Getting to the Root of Rural Homelessness

Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) from the County of Grande Prairie and the Towns of Beaverlodge, Sexsmith and Wembley have partnered on a collaborative study to learn about the root causes of rural housing instability and homelessness, and to develop locally-driven solutions.   

Community Consultation

Take part in the community consultation - share your thoughts about rural homelessness, housing insecurity, and solutions to support local residents. Drop in to one of the in-person sessions: 

  • Drop-in sessionThursday, January 20, 2022, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. at theBeaverlodge Community Centre located at 1014 - 4 Avenue in Beaverlodge 
  • Drop-in sessionTuesday, January 25, 2022, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Wellington Resource Centre located at 10407 - 97 Street in Clairmont 
  • One-on-one virtual or phone session – Contact Centerpoint Facilitation at 780-296-0223
  • Online surveyJanuary 26 to February 8, 2022 

Stop by the informal open-house sessions at any point in the four-hour window to learn more and share thoughts and feedback on the topic. No registration is required. Room capacity will be monitored, and masking and physical distancing will be required as per COVID-19 regulations 

Local Taskforce

Are you interested in the topic of housing insecurity in our local area? Want to be part of developing safe, secure, and dependable solutions in our rural communities?  

Become part of the Getting to the Root of Rural Homelessness Task Force! The group will be made up of residents and social service providers. To learn more and express your interest, contact County FCSS at 780-532-9727. 

The County of Grande Prairie, the towns of Beaverlodge, Wembley, Sexsmith, the Village of Hythe and the Rural Development Network (RDN) explored what homelessness looks like in our area in 2020.

 Rural Homelessness Estimations

In 2018 and 2020, the County of Grande Prairie, Towns of Beaverlodge, Wembley, Sexsmith, the former Village of Hytheconducted Rural Homelessness Estimation projects to explore what homelessness looks like in our area. Supported by grant funding from the Rural Development Network (RDN), these estimations explored and established a baseline for rural homelessness across the area.