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What is the ‘Housing First’ Program?

While variations within Housing First models exist, the two main components remain stable:

a) The program provides access to housing as quickly as possible (hence Housing First); and
b) The program does not require treatment and / or sobriety as a prerequisite to housing.

The Housing First model is simple: provide supports for individuals and families to find housing first, and then combine housing with supportive services in the areas of mental and physical health, substance abuse, education, and employment for up to one year.

How Housing First works:

  • A Housing First agency worker engages a homeless client.
  • The agency worker helps the client secure appropriate housing by accessing resources in the community.
  • Clients enter into an agreement with a landlord for housing.
  • Supports are provided to the client for at least 1 year to help client reach self-sufficiency.
  • Clients reach self-reliance and successfully exit the program.
  • Grande Prairie is a healthier community.

Current Initiatives

  • Annual review of our Community Multi-Year Plan
  • Centralized Intake and Assessments for Homeless Individuals and Families
  • Landlord Relations Position
  • Homeless Count
  • Public Education and Awareness on Housing First and Homeless Initiatives

Current Partnerships

  • Aligned with the Government of Alberta's Provincial Plan to end Homelessness
  • Partnerships with community agencies and members to address gaps in service and quality service delivery to our homeless population
  • Community Advisory Board on Homelessness (CABH)
  • Connect Day – Partnership with HIV North
  • Seven Cities Network member

Information for Service Providers

The City of Grande Prairie is committed to ending homelessness, but we can’t do it alone. Service Providers such as non-profit agencies and health professionals are a critical component of the Multi-Year Plan to End Homelessness (PDF 1210KB).

When considering client referral to Central Intake and Assessment for the Housing First program, please review the Program Entry criteria first.

Sometimes people are in a financial crisis and do not fit for the Housing First Program. A referral to Income Supports may be the best option for assistance when someone is not homeless.

Alberta Works Benefits

Please visit the Income Supports Benefits Website to find information on eligibility criteria, benefit amounts, online calculators, and downloadable forms.

Everyone has a right to a place to call home!

Last updated: 9/5/2013 3:20:42 PM