A Canadian Model for Housing and Support for Veterans Experiencing Homelessness was researched, developed and evaluated over a two-year period from 2012 to 2014. Its purpose was to further examine the issue of homelessness amongst veterans within the Canadian context and to test the application of the key principles for addressing homelessness in four Canadian cities: Toronto, London, Calgary and Victoria. Local community programs and services which have experience in working with homeless/housing sectors and/or veteran populations collaborated at each respective site.
A total of 78 veterans with a history of homelessness or those at imminent risk of homelessness received housing and related programming by the four community based organizations. Federal partners including the Homelessness Partnering Strategy, Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC), the Operational Stress Injury Clinic (OSIC), the Operational Stress Injury Social Support (OSISS) program and other veteran-specific organizations participated in active case planning and services.
Emphasis was placed on providing a veteran-specific model of service aimed at long-term housing stability. Each site applied and adapted the project principles while using different strategies to evaluate the utility of these principles in practice as well as determine the success of the different strategies used for implementation. The over-all purpose was to develop an appropriate Canadian model for addressing, reducing and preventing veteran homelessness.
To achieve this goal several objectives were identified. These included:
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