The YWCA Housing First program represents a nationally recognized model to end homelessness. The basic underlying principle of Housing First is that people are better able to move forward with their lives if they are first housed. While other models keep folks in shelter until they develop housing readiness skills, the Housing First program prioritizes housing the homeless before wrapping around individualized and flexible supports; there are no requirements for clients to be “housing ready”.
Case managers utilize a strengths-based and client-centered approach to rapidly find and secure permanent housing, to build strong landlord-tenant relationships, and to build client skills and abilities based on clients’ self-determined goals. The YWCA Housing First program offers support for 25 individuals who have experienced chronic and/or episodic homelessness throughout the Niagara Region.
It is a harm reduction program with support from a worker that supports the individual through their life’s path. This program is in collaboration with five other agencies to provide 30 Housing First Units.
For more information, please contact one our Housing First Case Managers:
Learn more about Housing First in this blog post written during the program launch.