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 additional support to communities in completing their CHR, a Reference Guide was developed that provides definitions and guidance for completing each section of the template. It also identifies other resources that communities may find useful as they complete and reflect on their CHR.