Campaign aims to house 20,000 homeless Canadians by 2018

Calgary Herald

The Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness (CAEH) announced Tuesday that it has partnered with 21 communities across Canada to house 20,000 of the most vulnerable homeless Canadians by July 1, 2018.

The 20,000 Homes Campaign will send volunteers to survey the homeless population in the participating municipalities and those most at risk, including those who are chronically homeless, will be housed and provided with support. Housing the homeless population directly from the streets, called housing first, is an increasingly popular strategy to tackle homelessness. The 20,000 Homes Campaign aims to house people in existing rental housing, supporting them with subsidies.

Tim Richter is president and CEO of CAEH, and former president and CEO of the Calgary Homeless Foundation, where he helped implement Calgary’s 10-year plan to end homelessness. He spoke with the Herald’s Erin Sylvester about what Calgary is doing right and whether Canada can end homelessness.

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