As part of Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy, the Community Homelessness Report (CHR) supports communities to transition to an outcomes-based approach, a key component of the work to prevent and reduce homelessness using a more coordinated, systems-based and data-driven response.
The CHR was developed by Employment and Social Development Canada and is a requirement for Reaching Home communities that are receiving funding from the Designated Communities stream (outside of Quebec), as well as those receiving funding from the Territorial Homelessness stream. In communities where the Designated Communities and Indigenous Homelessness streams co-exist, Community Entities and Community Advisory Boards of the Designated Communities stream are strongly encouraged to collaborate with their Indigenous Homelessness stream counterparts in the development of their CHR.
The CHR helps communities to assess progress against the Coordinated Access minimum requirements under Reaching Home. It is also the tool to report community-level data to the Government of Canada on a yearly basis. CHR data gives a year-over-year picture of the state of homelessness at the community level and the system in place to address it. Communities can use these data to identify community-level trends specific to cumulative levels of homelessness, inflows into homelessness, outflows from homelessness, and housing-focused outcomes.
To provide support to communities in completing their CHR, a Reference Guide was developed that provides definitions and guidance for completing each section. It also identifies other resources that communities may find useful as they complete and reflect on their CHR.
In addition, three training webcasts were developed to support communities in their completion of the CHR. The first is a training webcast, which provides an overview of the CHR and explains the roles and responsibilities of communities in completing their CHR. Note that this training webcast is a PowerPoint file with embedded audio. To play the presentation with audio, simply open the file and select “Start from Beginning” on the upper left side of the document. The second training webcast (Video 1 below) provides an in-depth review of the CHR questions and practical tips to help communities in their completion of the report. The deck for this webcast includes an Annex with links to tools and other resources for each section of the CHR. The third training webcast (Video 2 below), called “Using HIFIS for the Community Homelessness Report”, provides training on how to enter data in HIFIS so that CHR data can be generated when the CHR HIFIS report is released. The deck for this webcast includes links to tools and other resources. Note that the second and third training webcasts are MP4 files with video and audio. To play the presentation, open the file and select “Play”.
A Reaching Home CHR Cross-Referencing Tool was also developed, which clarifies how each CHR question aligns with the Reaching Home minimum requirements (MRs) and the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness (CAEH) Workbook.
Finally, a CHR Questions and Answers document has been developed, compiling questions identified by communities either during CHR training webinars or through their Service Canada representative. This document will be updated to reflect new questions and answers over time.