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Research Report:

Homelessness, Program Responses and an Assessment of Toronto's Streets to Homes Program

by Nick Falvo

Increasingly in North America, policy-makers and decision-makers are using the Housing First model – an approach that focuses on new means of rapid and sustained re-housing of the homeless in order to combat homelessness.  In spite of its development, which began in 1992 in New York City, little has been written on its adaptation and transferability to Canadian municipalities.

CPRN Housing Intern Nick Falvo, of Carleton University, looks at Housing First in his paper Homelessness, Program Responses, and an Assessment of Toronto’s Streets to Homes Program and its potential value to Canadian communities.  The report discusses its evolution in the United States.  Falvo then documents, analyzes and interprets Canada’s version of Housing First, Toronto’s Streets to Homes (S2H) program, based on primary and secondary research including key informant interviews. For information on SHSC, go to

Release Date: 29 Jan 2009
Number of pages: 49
Document number: 50981

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