A study of Homelessness in Canada and the application of the Housing First model; The extent of clients’ choice of housing
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Housing First has gained grounds in Canada starting from the year 2009 after an evidence-based research (At Home/Chez Soi (AC/CS)), funded by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), demonstrated with supported evidence that study participants (homeless persons), especially those who are chronically homeless, can possibly gain better quality of life, housing stability as well as they can participate and engage in the community if they are provided with a place to stay and are provided support services. Constructed on certain principles, and also prioritizing rent supplements and clinical interventions, communities running HF interventions/programs may adapt to program fidelity based on their respective community context and population needs. Irrespective of what form HF is being operated, adherence to the principles is a key aspect for a successful program delivery. Though Housing First has proved to be successful in preventing and reducing homeless in Canada, there still exist challenges around program sustainability resulting from shortage in affordable housing as well as funding limitation. As a result, the aspect of “clients’ choice” which is one of the most important HF principle, is facing a backlash which in the long-run can pose a significant challenge to both the program fedility and clients success. Findings proposed increased program funding and investment in the supply of affordable housing for a continuous and smooth operation of HF.
Master i International Social Welfare and Health Policy