National 20,000 Homes Campaign

The 20,000 Homes Campaign is a national initiative originating from the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness [].

The campaign was inspired by the 100,000 Homes Campaign [], a similar community-led movement in the United States that was begun by Community Solutions.

The 20,000 Homes Campaign Manifesto

We believe homelessness is a national emergency requiring urgent and immediate action. The time has come to stop managing homelessness, and start ending it.

We are dedicating ourselves to taking action.


  • Housing First
    Permanent, safe, appropriate and affordable housing with the support necessary to sustain it, happens first and fast. We believe housing is a right for all Canadians.
  • Knowing who’s out there
    Every homeless person is known by name because someone has deliberately gone out onto the streets, into shelters and wherever necessary to find them, assess their needs and meet them where they are at.
  • Tracking our progress
    Local teams and the national campaign will use regularly collected, person-specific data to accurately track progress toward our goal. We will be transparent in our progress through good times and bad.
  • Improving local systems
     We will seek to build coordinated housing and support systems that are simple to navigate, while targeting resources quickly and efficiently to the people who need it the most.
  • Resolutely focused on our mission
    We are not interested in who gets credit or who gets blame. We are only interested in achieving our objective and ending homelessness.
  • Taking action
    We favour action over perfection and will find a way to meet our objectives, despite the challenges that will come.


  1. Knowing every homeless person by name and understanding each person’s needs and preferences
    We cannot solve a problem without knowing its scope. We cannot solve a person’s homelessness until we know his or her needs and meet each person where they are at.
  2. Implementing Housing First in a way that makes sense for each community
    The campaign’s primary objective is to find permanent, safe, appropriate and affordable housing for 20,000 of Canada’s most vulnerable homeless people ensuring they have the support necessary to sustain it. We want to get people into housing first and fast.
    We are committed to implementing Housing First as a philosophy and a practice in a way that makes sense in each community, understanding that Housing First programs can take different forms depending on the unique characteristics of each community and the needs of our homeless neighbours.
  3. Using data to track progress and to make decisions to improve a community’s homeless programs and the system as a whole
    The campaign goal to house 20,000 people in three years is intentionally time-bound, concrete and measurable. To keep our movement honest, accurate and continuously improving the campaign will include a user-friendly but rigorous data collection, analysis and reporting process.
  4. Improving housing placement and working toward building a coordinated local homelessness system of care focused on ending homelessness
    Communities participating in the 20,000 Homes Campaign will be asked to undertake a community self-assessment to support improved housing placement rates and to begin the process of streamlining community processes toward the development of a coordinated homelessness system of care.
  5. Learning from other communities across Canada
    Every community has something they can teach other communities and things they can learn from others. Rather than working in relative isolation, the campaign will provide multiple avenues for sharing best practices and developing new solutions together.
  6. Providing a united voice at a national and provincial level to secure the housing and resources necessary to end homelessness in Canada
    Communities can become part of a grassroots non-partisan advocacy effort to build public and political support for ending homelessness.