Housing First

Housing First is a consumer-driven approach to ending homelessness that provides immediate access to permanent housing for people experiencing homelessness, without requiring psychiatric treatment or sobriety as determinants of “housing readiness”.  Housing First is both a housing intervention and a philosophy around which homeless systems, focused on eliminating homelessness can be organized.

To learn more about Housing First be sure to check out the Canadian Housing First Toolkit

We offer evidence-based training and technical assistance to help organizations and communities build and operate high performing Housing First programs – tailored to the unique needs of each community.

Our training includes:

  1. Initial core community training to introduce Housing First to your key stakeholders and initial training to Housing First service providers.
  2. Customized in-service Housing First training and technical assistance providing onsite and remote training and expert advisory support based on a plan developed by you and our Training Director. We’ll match you with experts who have the specific skills and experience to assist with your unique needs.
  3. Community of practice calls – in the fall of 2016 we will begin offering monthly regional community of practice calls moderated by Dr. Sam Tsemberis. These calls are open forums for your teams to meet their peers, to ask questions and get advice on some of the challenges or questions that will emerge as you work of Housing First.
  4. Developmental evaluation and fidelity assessment to assess programs progress toward Housing First fidelity and provide quality improvement advice. Our team can visit programs and complete a comprehensive review and provide a report with recommendations for quality improvement.

Homelessness Partnering Strategy Housing First Training

The Training and Technical Assistance program is supported by the Homelessness Partnering Strategy. If you are an HPS community with a Housing First target we can offer up to nine days of complementary Housing First training and technical assistance (including preparation time, training and travel). To accomplish this task we have recruited and trained a faculty of experts from across the country to assist in facilitating these training sessions. These individuals have a vast amount of experience from front line all the way to the management of Housing First programs and teams and have multiple skill sets and areas of expertise. For a quick look at these expert and their backgrounds please see the Core Housing First Trainers page.

The Training and Technical Assistance Program is supported by a grant from the Government of Canada