Harm Reduction is an evidence-based approach that can guide organizations that work with individuals who use substances. It is considered to be a pragmatic and humane strategy that is effective for working with people at risk or experiencing homelessness.

This collection of resources provides basic guidelines and specific tools for implementing Harm Reduction principles in programs.

Rapid Reviews

McMaster Health Evidence (2020). The effectiveness of substance use interventions for homeless and vulnerably housed persons (Access the Review)

McMaster Health Evidence (2019). Effects of housing first approaches on health and well-being of adults who are homeless or at risk of homelessness (Access the Review)

McMaster Health Evidence (2019). Effectiveness of interventions to improve the health and housing status of homeless people: A rapid systematic review (Access the Review)