Project results and publications

Newsletters, studies, reports, tools and training materials are available to support homelessness-reduction efforts.

Results from funded projects

View available summaries of national projects funded under the Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS). Projects are listed by area of focus and geographic location.

Provinces and Territories

View past and ongoing funded projects by geographic location.



Recent studies suggest that homelessness among families is rising in Canada. Common contributing factors include domestic abuse, poverty and a shortage of affordable housing. Many homeless families therefore need targeted supports to help them secure and maintain housing.




Youth who are homeless or at risk of homelessness are a very diverse group, who often require similarly diverse and specialized services to respond to their needs. Because many of these youth are part of what is known as the “hidden homeless” population, couch-surfing or moving from one temporary residence to another, it can be difficult to identify, count, and target this group.




Evaluation Reports

Developed by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), this evaluation report examines the first two years of the Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) 2014 to 2019 funding cycle, which represent the formal adoption of the Housing First approach.

Consultation Reports

The Advisory Committee on Homelessness, chaired by Adam Vaughan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development (Housing and Urban Affairs), spoke to individuals and organizations across Canada about the state of homelessness in their communities.

Developed by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), the Homelessness Partnering Strategy What We Heard Report captures what individuals and organizations across Canada said about the state of homelessness in their communities.

HPS Community Plans

Find Community Plans summaries submitted by the 61 HPS designated communities.

See yourself as a partner - Guide to Community Partnership Development

View the See yourself as a partner: Guide to Community Partnership Development elaborated collaboratively the University of Ottawa, a working group of community participants and with the HPS. The guide is a how-to on addressing homelessness through partnerships. It includes key considerations, questions, checklists, templates and other tools to create, maintain and evaluate community partnerships.

As part of this guide, four Case studies were developed. They include testimonies on establishing and maintaining community partnerships in the Housing First approach.

Shelter Capacity Report

The annual Shelter Capacity Report provides capacity statistics for emergency homeless shelters, transitional housing and violence against women (VAW) shelters in Canada.

National Shelter Study

The National Shelter Study is a national analysis using emergency shelter data to estimate the number of individuals using homeless shelters each year, and describes their demographic characteristics.

Coordinated Point-in-Time Counts

Everyone Counts, the second HPS Coordinated Point-in-Time (PiT) Count of Homelessness will be held from March 1 to April 30, 2018 in all HPS designated communities.

The first HPS Coordinated PiT Count was held from January to April 2016 in 32 Canadian communities. The results include an analysis of the survey findings providing information on people experiencing homelessness inside and outside of shelters. The second report will be published in fall 2018.

Tools and training materials

The Canadian Housing First Toolkit of the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) was developed to assist communities that are interested in adopting the Housing First approach. Primarily based on the experiences of the At Home/Chez Soi project. The Toolkit includes tools and resources that are practical and user-friendly.

ESDC’s Literacy and Essential Skills Guide for Service Providers Assisting Homeless or At-risk Clients provides information about the many essential skills tools available to help your clients learn about the skills needed to enter the work force.

Your Financial Toolkit has been designed to help Canadians manage their personal finances. Developed by the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC), Investor Education Fund (IEF) and l'Autorité des Marchés financiers (AMF), the Toolkit provides information and tools that people can use to become more capable and confident financial consumers. Material is also available for organizations or trainers who wish to present the information in a workshop setting.

Raising the Roof has released a ‘one stop’ hub for resources, insights, practical help and inspiration to help youth connect with employment. Of the two Raising the Roof toolkits, the first is directed at employers interested in providing highly motivated but disadvantaged youth job training and employment opportunities. The second toolkit is for community agencies aiding the unemployed youth attempting to find their place in today’s workforce.

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