Community Development

Community development can be defined as follows:

‘Community development centres on giving ordinary people control of their lives.  This requires intervention in processes and structure to facilitate access to and control of resources and to develop ways of thinking and doing things that can enhance the lives of powerless and disadvantaged people.’ Susan Kenny, Developing Communities for the Future, Community Development – Australia.

Kenny suggests that community development and action is based on a set of common commitments:

  • Powerless people and social justice
  • Citizenship and human rights
  • Empowerment and self-determination
  • Collective action
  • Diversity
  • Change and involvement in conflict
  • Liberation, open societies and participatory democracy
  • Accessibility of human services programs.

A plan, not a dream: how to end homelessness in ten years

Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness, March 2012

The Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness has been formed to build a national movement to end homelessness in Canada through the development of 10 year plans to end homelessness in communities across the country.

‘A Plan, Not a Dream’ spells out how Canadian communities can end homelessness in 10 years or less by outlining the critical ingredients of a community-based 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness.

The paper explains that a community needs a clear, deliberate and comprehensive strategy to end homelessness. It identifies the “10 essentials to a successful Plan to End Homelessness” are:

  1. planning;
  2. data, research and best practice;
  3. coordinated system of care;
  4. income;
  5. emergency prevention;
  6. systems prevention;
  7. housing-focused outreach;
  8. rapid re-housing;
  9. housing support services; and
  10. permanent housing.”

A Plan, Not a Dream is directly derived from a document of the same name developed by the National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH) in the United States.



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