The toolkit was developed to assist other Canadian communities that are interested in adopting the Housing First approach. It includes tools and resources that are practical and user-friendly for groups and communities interested in the Housing First approach.

The toolkit provides useful “how to” information based on years of experience that can help community groups and individuals to develop and implement Housing First programs.

This toolkit is based on the experience of the Canadian At Home/Chez Soi project that used the Pathways to Housing model of Housing First for homeless people with mental illness. While the toolkit has a mental health focus because it is based on the At Home/Chez Soi experience, it is applicable to and can be adapted to other segments of the homeless population (e.g., youth, families), many of which also experience mental health challenges.