Housing First is an evidence-based approach capable of producing measurable results. A federally funded research demonstration project, along with results from several other organizations and communities across Canada that have adopted a Housing First approach, have shown that Housing First is an effective way to reduce homelessness.
Housing First is an effective tool in solving chronic and episodic homelessness while reducing pressure on other emergency services. Permanent housing, complemented by the provision of services, helps to assist clients to sustain their housing and work towards recovery and reintegration into the community.
Through a focus on Housing First, the Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) can support communities in reducing the strain on shelter, health and justice services, while continuing to address the needs of the most vulnerable. This represents a balanced approach that ensures that communities adopting Housing First remain flexible to invest in other proven approaches that complement Housing First and measurably reduce homelessness at the local level.
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