The resources here are intended to help you get a running start at ending homelessness in your community and to help you learn from other communities who may already have solved the challenges your community faces.
Keep checking back here as we will be regularly adding resources and information.
Collecting person-specific data is the key to ending homelessness for our most vulnerable (and often anonymous) homeless neighbours. A Registry Week is a coordinated outreach and triage assessment process to develop actionable data on every person experiencing homelessness. They are the organizing backbone of the 20,000 Homes Campaign.
This free toolkit walks communities step-by-step through the planning and execution of a local Registry Week. In this toolkit we also include a range of forms and templates you can use in your own Registry Week.
In consultation with the Homelessness Partnering Secretariat, the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness has developed guidelines to allow 20,000 Homes Campaign communities conduct Registry Weeks in coordination with their Point-in-Time Counts. Access the Point in Time Count and Registry Week Coordination Packet for details.
The 20,000 Homes Campaign has developed a community self-assessment tool to walk communities through their progress and needs in key competencies critical to ending homelessness. The tool is set up as a workbook that enables you to gauge your community’s status in meeting the essential elements of system planning in a housing first context.
We have released a BETA version of the self-assessment tool and welcome your feedback.
Access the Community Self-Assessment Tool here
Campaign communities are asked to set housing placement targets and submit monthly housing placement reports.
The Vulnerability Index – Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool (VI-SPDAT) is a brief survey offered by the 20,000 Homes Campaign to help communities quickly determine whether a client has high, moderate, or low acuity. The VI-SPDAT is a user friendly survey that can be administered by volunteers without intensive specialized training or experience.
Download a copy of the 20,000 Homes Campaign VI SPDAT
Click here for more information on the VI-SPDAT from the developer OrgCode Consulting Inc.
When we collect sensitive and very personal information we have an obligation to protect the privacy, safety and dignity of the individuals whose information is collected. The campaign has developed these guidelines and tools for participating communities.
We are building a movement! Movement building means reaching out to Canadians from all walks of life, getting them to care, getting their support and most importantly, getting them to take action in support of ending homelessness. Communication is an integral part of the 20,000 Homes Campaign.
This toolkit is designed to support your local campaign communications and community mobilization efforts before, during and after your Registry Week. The toolkit includes campaign backgrounders, suggested messaging, FAQs, a range of templates as well as some advice on media relations, social media and more.
A core element of the campaign is to help communities implement Housing First in a way that makes sense in each community. Through our national campaign team and partners in the field, we will provide communities with the coaching, training and technical assistance required to successfully implement Housing First programs.
The 20,000 Homes Campaign held our inaugural Registry Week Boot Camp in Toronto June 15/16. The Boot Camp is an intensive two day training for 20,000 Homes Campaign communities. Taking a train the trainer approach, we walk communities through everything they need to know to launch and lead a campaign Registry Week, answer questions and introduce community leaders to some of their peers from across Canada.
We plan to host a second Boot Camp on the west coast in the early autumn.Click here to view or download the training presentations from Toronto.
The campaign will host regular webcasts to share information and learning on different elements of the campaign. Click here to visit the archive.