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Bright Spot: Canada’s first functional zero chronic homelessness proof point
June 24, 2021 - 8:12 am / Blog

Medicine Hat made history this month as the first city in Canada to end chronic homelessness. Learn more about how the Built for Zero Canada community did it. This blog is a part of our Bright Spot series highlighting outstanding work in ending homelessness happening across Canada.   After years … More

Medicine Hat achieves functional zero chronic homelessness
June 2, 2021 - 9:30 am / Blog, News

Announcement: Medicine Hat becomes first city in Canada to end chronic homelessness! Medicine Hat, AB (June 2, 2021) – Working on the belief that housing is a fundamental right, the city of Medicine Hat can add achieving functional zero chronic homelessness to its list of social achievements, including as the … More

Bright Spot: Yes! In My Backyard campaign rises up against NIMBYism
May 31, 2021 - 7:48 am / Blog

One Ontario community is combatting the pervasive Not in My Backyard sentiment with a movement of its own that calls on people to vocally support housing initiatives that will help end homelessness. This blog is a part of our Bright Spot series highlighting outstanding work in ending homelessness happening across … More

What Budget 2021 means for ending homelessness
April 20, 2021 - 7:48 am / Blog, News

The federal government released their 2021/22 budget Monday. Budget 2021 builds on existing National Housing Strategy investments with over $2.5 billion in new funding and an additional $1.3 billion moved forward in previously promised housing investment. But it doesn’t go far enough. By Tim Richter President & CEO, Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness   Canadians have been suffering under the man-made disaster … More

Bright Spot: Guelph-Wellington reduces chronic youth homelessness 43% during the pandemic
March 25, 2021 - 6:47 am / Blog

Over the last year, this Built for Zero Canada community has reduced chronic youth homelessness by nearly half since the COVID-19 pandemic began. This blog is a part of our Bright Spot series highlighting outstanding work in ending homelessness happening across Canada.   Guelph-Wellington’s unwavering focus on housing youth experiencing … More

Bright Spot: 33 Built for Zero communities celebrate progress towards ending chronic and veteran homelessness
March 17, 2021 - 2:09 pm / Blog, News

Built for Zero communities from across Canada are celebrating both large and small victories thanks to their unwavering efforts to end homelessness—even in the face of a pandemic. This blog is a part of our Bright Spot series highlighting outstanding work in ending homelessness happening across Canada. The second wave … More

A year later: Resilience and progress in the face of a global pandemic
March 11, 2021 - 1:28 pm / Blog, News

One year into the pandemic, we reflect on the hard work and sacrifices of housing advocates, service providers, and frontline workers across Canada whose courageous, selfless, and determined efforts have protected our homeless neighbours against an unprecedented public health crisis—and despite the pandemic, have made significant progress toward ending homelessness. … More

Bright Spot: Toronto releases shelter system data publicly to inform solutions to homelessness
March 9, 2021 - 1:00 am / Blog

Toronto’s Shelter System Flow data will help provide a better understanding of who is experiencing homelessness and how people enter and exit the shelter system. Not only is this data shared publicly, but the city is working on expanding it and measuring its progress along the way. This blog is … More

Bright Spot: Kelowna and Niagara Region are using tech to help coordinate outreach
February 19, 2021 - 7:32 am / Blog

Experimenting with, adapting, and improving new technologies is helping these Built for Zero Canada communities improve their collaborative and coordinated outreach. This blog is a part of our Bright Spot series highlighting outstanding work in ending homelessness happening across Canada.   Two Built for Zero communities—Kelowna, British Columbia and Niagara … More

Thinking about triage and assessment tools for communities
February 11, 2021 - 12:15 am / Blog

When OrgCode Consulting announced the discontinuation of the VI-SPDAT by the end of 2022, it left many communities asking, “What now?” Below is helpful information on tools, next steps, and considerations for communities as they chart a path forward.   The Vulnerability Index – Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool (VI-SPDAT), … More