Message from the Chief Administrative Officer
From: Annual Report 2022
As we reflect on the past year, I want to express my gratitude to the Board for supporting the organization’s vision for the need for more transitional and supportive housing. With your support and advocacy, TBDSSAB was able to fund transitional housing projects and 51 new spaces to the service system were announced in 2022.
Both transitional housing and homeless outreach are key to helping prevent and alleviate homelessness in our district. It is critical that appropriate housing options are available in order for individuals to live independently and achieve self sufficiency. Though there will always be those who fall through the cracks, we
hope to move toward more appropriate housing options more quickly so that emergency shelter use is reduced.
This past year has been an opportunity for reflection, research and forward thinking. Some highlights:
- Situation Analysis to guide Indigenous relations and reconciliation
- Community forum on mental health, addictions, and homelessness
- Security Review of TBDSSAB owned housing properties
- Migration and homelessness study with Lakehead University
- Point in Time count report (from 2021 Point in Time count survey)
- Market rent study
I am excited to see the implementation of recommendations from these projects in the year(s) to come.
I also want to thank the TBDSSAB team for their dedication and resilience in navigating the challenges of yet another year impacted by the pandemic.
Finally, I want to take a moment to express my gratitude for the eleven outgoing Board members, including Lucy Kloosterhuis who has been Board Chair since 2018. Thank you, Lucy, for your unwavering support of this organization and your compassionate leadership during some of our most challenging years.
Chief Administrative Officer
The District of Thunder Bay Social Services Administration Board