Aboriginal Housing First Resources

The goal of the Aboriginal Housing First Readiness Projects is to work on behalf of the Aboriginal Homelessness Steering Committee to assist partner Aboriginal Organizations in meeting the unique needs of the Aboriginal community under the Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) with a focus on Housing First (HF).



The toolkit was developed to assist Aboriginal communities that are interested in adopting the Aboriginal Housing First approach. Primarily based on the experiences of the At Home/Chez Soi project, we have assembled tools and resources that are practical and user-friendly for groups and communities interested in the Aboriginal Housing First approach. We expect the primary users of the toolkit to be practitioners, frontline workers, planners, government policy-makers, researchers, and people with lived experience of homelessness and/or mental health working in the housing/homelessness sector, health/mental health sector, and community organizations in related sectors.  The toolkit provides useful “how to” information based on years of experience that can help community groups and individuals to develop and implement Aboriginal Housing First programs. Finally, the toolkit complements similar manuals developed in the U.S. (SAMHSA, 2010; Tsemberis, 2010) and a recent book of case studies of Housing First in Canada (Gaetz, Scott, & Gulliver, 2010).

Homelessness Partnering Strategy Resources

Homelessness Partnering Strategy resources are available on the Canada website.

Metro Vancouver Housing First

NEW!!  The Housing First Readiness – Housing Placement Toolkit and Project Report are now posted on the Metro Vancouver HPS page.

The MetroVancouver Housing First  web page outlines what Housing First means and eligibility criteria for funding.  It also includes links to the following Guides and Forms in English:

203 – 318 Homer Street
Vancouver, BC Canada V6B 2V2
T 604.683.0556
F 604.683.0557