Housing First In Canada

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The book also presents eight case studies of Housing First in Canada, exploring not just the results of its implementation, but how different communities made the shift from ‘treatment as usual’ to a new approach.  The book provides a wealth of information for those who want to understand the concept of Housing First and how to move forward with implementation. The good news is that Housing First works and can be applied in any community.


Most people who are experiencing homelessness do not have
furniture or the funds to buy furniture. Lethbridge has created
a furniture bank dedicated solely for Housing First clients.
When first housed they are able to pick out furnishings and
other items to make their house a home at no cost.


Addressing Other Housing Related Needs
Most people experiencing homelessness have few personal possessions and generally no furniture, which makes furnishing a home difficult. Inspired by the Toronto Streets to Homes program’s relationship with Furniture Bank, Homeward Trust established FIND, a furniture market that is free for clients. In 2011, FIND became a social enterprise. It continues to serve clients, while also selling furniture to the public and re-investing the proceeds into housing and support programs.

Clients are provided with rental supplements with the goal that they pay no more than 30% of their income on rent. Basic furnishing and supplies are provided, in order to help the person get set up in their new home. (Pg 9)


Housing First in Canada: Supporting Communities to End Homelessness | The Homeless Hub. (n.d.). Retrieved January 10, 2020, from https://www.homelesshub.ca/HousingFirstCanada


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