“Housing first” policy reducing homelessness in Calgary


Calgary’s most recent homelessness count saw an 11.4 % drop since the last count in 2008. Calgary’s homeless count includes those in shelter beds and temporary housing. The decline can be attributed to the city’s adoption of the “housing first” model. The model was developed in the United States and designed with the basic principle that homeless are offered housing first and then once housed, additional support to overcome challenges. Prior to the adoption of the policy, the city’s homeless numbers were ballooning. The city collaborated with, and pooled funds from the province, the federal government and the private sector to build over 3,300 units of affordable housing. Read more in the Globe and Mail. 


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