Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy is a federal program that provides funding directly to communities to help them address local homelessness priorities using a more systems-based and data-driven approach. This approach was adopted in recognition that preventing and reducing homelessness requires access to safe and adequate housing, a high degree of coordination across funders and community organizations, as well as meaningful collaboration between Indigenous and non-Indigenous partners.
This e-course was developed to support communities with completing their Reaching Home Community Homelessness Report (CHR).
What is the CHR?
The CHR is an annual Reaching Home reporting deliverable that supports communities to prevent and reduce homelessness using a more coordinated, systems-based and data-driven response. The CHR is designed to support local discussions and decision-making, using all of the information about homelessness currently available at the community level. Communities are encouraged to use their CHR data to develop clear plans of action that help them to reach their homelessness reduction targets and to leverage the collective efforts of service providers working across the community, regardless of how they are funded.
More specifically, through their CHR, communities self-assess their progress with Reaching Home implementation, which includes the following key components:
- community-level governance and meaningful collaboration between Indigenous and non-Indigenous partners;
- coordinated service delivery (Coordinated Access);
- use of a Homelessness Management Information System (HMIS); and,
- an outcomes-based approach (tracking community-level outcomes and progress against targets using a Unique Identifier or By-Name List, referred to as a List).
Who is required to complete the CHR?
As identified in the Reaching Home Directives, communities receiving funding from the Designated Communities stream (outside of Quebec) are required to submit a CHR each year. This requirement also applies to the three territorial capitals funded through the Territorial Homelessness stream.
Communities in Quebec and those receiving either Indigenous Homelessness or Rural and Remote Homelessness stream funding are not required to complete a CHR.
In communities that have both the Designated Communities and Indigenous Homelessness streams the Designated Communities Community Entity must engage with the Indigenous Homelessness Community Entity and Community Advisory Board at the earliest opportunity to confirm interest in collaborating on the CHR and jointly determine the nature of the collaboration.
What reporting tools are available for the CHR as part of this e-course?
A number of tools are available to support communities with completing the 2022-23 reporting cycle.