Housing First is the cornerstone of the Government's renewed Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS). It aims to stabilize the lives of homeless individuals for the long-term by first moving them into permanent housing and then providing additional support for underlying issues, such as addiction and mental health problems. The end goal is ensuring these individuals become self-sufficient, fully participating members of society.
• The Housing First approach came into effect on
"We are pleased to partner with Metro Vancouver to implement Housing First. Through this new evidence-based approach, we can move out of crisis mode in terms of managing homelessness and work towards eliminating it altogether, building stronger communities and ensuring
- The Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State (
"With Metro Vancouver serving as the local link for this funding, we're well-placed to help end the cycle of homelessness in our communities. I thank the Government of
"The Government's renewal of the Homelessness Partnering Strategy with a shift to Housing First is great news. The results of the At Home/
• Homelessness Partnering Strategy • Housing First
Homelessness Partnering Strategy
The Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) is a unique community-based program aimed at preventing and reducing homelessness by providing direct support and funding to 61 designated communities in all provinces and territories, as well as to Aboriginal, rural and remote communities across
Economic Action Plan 2013 renewed the HPS with nearly
Until recently, the most common way to deal with homelessness has been a 'crisis-based' model—not just in
Without stable housing, it is much more difficult to participate in treatment programs and manage mental and physical health issues. This leads to high costs for emergency housing, hospitalization, shelters, prisons and a host of other crisis services.
Housing First, on the other hand, involves ensuring individuals have immediate housing before providing the necessary supports to help them stabilize their lives. Experiences in other countries have demonstrated that this approach shows great promise.
In 2008, under the leadership of Prime Minister
• ends homelessness rapidly and leads to other positive outcomes for quality of life; • is a sound financial investment that can lead to significant cost savings; and • works in the long term.
Overall, participants in the study were less likely to get in trouble with the law, and those who received both housing and supportive services showed more signs of recovery than those who did not.
Community Entity Model
HPS funding is delivered to eligible communities primarily through the Community Entity (CE) delivery model, except in the cases of rural and remote funding in
Under the CE model, the federal government entrusts a community body, often a community's municipal government, to select and manage HPS projects in their area. All requests for funding must go through the CE. In addition, all requests for funding are assessed and recommended to the CE through a community advisory board or a regional advisory board, composed of a wide range of community stakeholders.
Implementation of the renewed Homelessness Partnering Strategy
Implementation of the renewed HPS is through the following three funding streams, which provide funding to communities across
1) Designated Communities
A total of 61 communities across
Discussions regarding the Canada-Quebec Agreement on the Homelessness Partnering Strategy 2014-2019 are ongoing.
2) Aboriginal Homelessness
Through the Aboriginal Homelessness funding stream the HPS partners with Aboriginal groups to ensure that services meet the unique needs of homeless Aboriginal people living off-reserve in cities and rural areas.
The unique needs of all First Nations, Inuit, MÉtis, and non-status Aboriginal people are considered. Aboriginal people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and live off-reserve can also access services under the Designated Communities and Rural and Remote Homelessness funding streams.
3) Rural and Remote Homelessness
The Rural and Remote Homelessness funding stream of the HPS funds projects in rural and remote areas of
• This stream has adopted a two-tiered approach that is based on the rural population. Priority is given to projects in communities with populations of 25,000 and under (Tier 1). • To maximize access to HPS funding by as many communities as possible across the country, activities in larger, non-designated communities with populations above 25,000 (Tier 2) may also be funded depending on the availability of funds.
SOURCE Employment and Social Development Canada