Homelessness has an economic and social impact on every community in Canada. Our government is committed to helping those who are in need and believes that one homeless Canadian is one too many.
That’s why we are making bold changes to the federal strategy to prevent and reduce homelessness. Reaching Home, the Government of Canada’s redesigned homelessness strategy, will double support for communities to address the needs of those experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness.
Reaching Home is part of Canada’s first-ever National Housing Strategy—a 10-year $40-billion plan to lift hundreds of thousands of Canadians out of housing need. The National Housing Strategy is part of our government’s plan to build a more equal Canada for all, including the most vulnerable—one where Canadians are empowered to make positive changes that benefit their own lives, and our economy as a whole.
Reaching Home will maintain the Homelessness Partnering Strategy’s community-based approach and expand the program reach to new communities. New communities will be added through an application process to be launched later this year. This expansion will not affect the funding received by the existing 61 Designated Communities.
Through Reaching Home, our government will continue to address the over-representation of Indigenous people in Canada’s homeless population and the need for culturally appropriate services across the country, by increasing investments to address Indigenous homelessness. Funding to the territories will also be increased to address their unique homelessness challenges.