Knowing every homeless person by name and understanding each person’s needs and preferences
We cannot solve a problem without knowing its scope. We cannot solve a person’s homelessness until we know his or her needs and meet each person where they are at.
Implementing Housing First in a way that makes sense for each community
The campaign’s primary objective is to end chronic homelessness in 20 communities and to find permanent, safe, appropriate and affordable housing for 20,000 of Canada’s most vulnerable homeless people ensuring they have the support necessary to sustain it. We want to get people into housing first and fast.
We are committed to implementing Housing First as a philosophy and a practice in a way that makes sense in each community, understanding that Housing First programs can take different forms depending on the unique characteristics of each community and the needs of our homeless neighbours.
Using data to track progress and to make decisions to improve a community’s homeless programs and the system as a whole
The campaign goal to end chronic homelessness in 20 communities and house 20,000 people by July 1, 2020 is intentionally time-bound, concrete and measurable. To keep our movement honest, accurate and continuously improving the campaign will include a user-friendly but rigorous data collection, analysis and reporting process.
Improving housing placement and working toward building a coordinated local homelessness system of care focused on ending homelessness
Communities participating in the 20,000 Homes Campaign will be asked to undertake a community self-assessment to support improved housing placement rates and to begin the process of streamlining community processes toward the development of a coordinated homelessness system of care.
Learning from other communities across Canada
Every community has something they can teach other communities and things they can learn from others. Rather than working in relative isolation, the campaign will provide multiple avenues for sharing best practices and developing new solutions together.
Providing a united voice at a national and provincial level to secure the housing and resources necessary to end homelessness in Canada
Communities can become part of a grassroots non-partisan advocacy effort to build public and political support for ending homelessness.