Please describe the goal of your initiative; outline what you are trying to achieve
To help the most challenged parents in our community - those with multiple challenges & barriers - who are connected to their kids, really want to keep their kids, - achive the lifeskills & parenting skills to be able to be adequate (or even great) parents.
What has been the impact of your solution to date?
Lots of support from everyone who has heard the idea but this is very early stage planning. We would like money for:
(1) a feasabilty study (focussed on practical issues like building purchase options including grants, building maintenance cost issues, pitfalls, real estate market assessment...
(2) The start of a project fund. This could be supplemented by community fundraising & sustained by MCFD diverting some existing funds to this project
What is your projected impact over the next five years?
6 families/year receive up to 1 year of intensive housing, parenting & lifeskills support so that they are able to successfully keep their kids without further MCFD involvement
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
Availability of affordable real estate that will not be too expensive to maintain (Trail has some quite affordable real estate but much of it is in very poor condition)
Proper feasability study to identify pitfalls & ensure we are able to properly finance this project prior to taking it on
Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
To have identified a building & secured finances (in addition to rents from parents) to maintain the site & the services