Housing First

Canadian Observatory on Homelessness
January 18, 2017

Media Folder: Media Root

Identifying and prioritizing adults experiencing chronic and episodic homelessness are two core components of the federal Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) and many local Housing First plans. In 2015, a task...

Homeless Hub
November 10, 2016
Categories: Ask the Hub

This question was asked anonymously via our latest website survey: "What do we know about veteran homelessness in Canada and what is being done to address this issue?"

Veteran homelessness is a growing issue in Canada. The State of Homelessness in Canada 2016 reports that there are 2,950 veterans staying in shelters, making up 2.2% of annual shelter users....

York University; Canadian Observatory on Homelessness
October 03, 2016
Categories: Topics

October 2nd marks the International Day of Non-Violence, an initiative by the United Nations that seeks to disseminate the message of non-violence through education and public awareness, in the hopes of securing a culture of peace, tolerance, understanding and non-violence. In honour of this initiative, it is critical to identify the multitude of ways violence manifests in our lives. One...

Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub: York University
February 26, 2016
Categories: Ask the Hub

This question was asked anonymously via our latest website survey.

Housing First is now a recognized best practice in Canada and is a crucial component of the Homelessness Partnering Strategy. It takes the approach that what people need first is secure, permanent housing; and offers further supports as needed. In...

Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub: York University
December 04, 2015
Categories: Ask the Hub

This question came from Denise B. via our latest website survey: What are other programs/agencies/services in the Housing First model doing 'post Housing First?

Lately, there’s been a lot of discussion about Housing First as a response to homelessness, and for good reason: Projects like At Home/Chez Soi...

York University; Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub
July 29, 2015

This week’s infographic, which appeared in the United Way Saskatoon & Area report, takes a look at the successes of the Journey Home program in Saskatoon. The program focuses on providing housing to Saskatoon’s most vulnerable citizens, many of whom have experienced chronic homelessness.

The Journey Home...

University of Calgary; Turner Research & Strategy Inc.
April 14, 2015
Introducing the Guide

Media Folder: Media RootIn its renewal of the Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS), the Government of Canada has prioritized Housing First as a key strategy to reduce homelessness. A Housing First approach focuses on moving people who are experiencing chronic or episodic homelessness as...

York University
November 17, 2014
Categories: Solutions

Intensive Case Management (ICM) teams are a team-based approach that supports individuals through a case management approach , the goal of which is to help clients maintain their housing and achieve an optimum quality of life through developing plans, enhancing...

York University
November 10, 2014
Categories: Solutions

Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) is an integrated team-based approach designed to provide comprehensive community-based supports to help people remain stably housed. It is one of the most studied community programs in all of healthcare and has a very strong evidence base. Programs that follow the Pathways model typically offer intensive supports through ACT teams to address the needs of...

York University; Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub
October 01, 2014

In towns and cities across Canada, shelters are the primary response communities have to homelessness. Emergency shelters provide homeless people with temporary housing and access to much needed resources. These resources may include food, informal counselling, and some form of healthcare. Shelters provide homeless individuals with access to a network of resources that alleviate some of the difficulties they...


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