Housing first is an emerging approach which introduced to address the mental health and homelessness. It is launched in New York City in 1992 a decade ago. Housing first found itself effective in ending homelessness in American Cities. It was less known for work in Canada.
On the given day, through research, it is found that Canada has approx 35000 people who are homeless.
At Home/Chez Soi Project was the one which in Canada in 2009 which was introduced to find out the impacts of Housing first. The policymakers and general public raise a question to use the tax payer’s money in providing shelters and furnishing to those who are struggling with mental health issues.
After making this policy, near about 110$ million price tag health Canada decided to allocate this amount on the AHCS project.
Go back and have a glance at the previous situation
Before 2009, few of the Canadian cities decided to reduce or end up homelessness. Those cities struggled with actions along with innovations. This all was done beyond the use of shelters which helped them to arrange the place to sleep and meal to have.
Rise of housing first policy
By the early 1990s, after a decade long rise, the population of homeless people rises to 20000. This entire scene of homeless people increased to human distress, addiction, mental health, and other mental challenges.
In 1992, New York City launched its housing first model which named as pathways to housing. Pathways to housing promised to shelter the people who are sleeping on the streets and claimed for permanent accommodation also.
Pathways were supportive to the homeless people and this way is proven to be more effective and traditional as well.