Placing vulnerable or homeless people in homes first, then “wrapping” them in other social services, isn’t a new idea. In places like Medicine Hat, Alberta and Salt Lake City, Utah, where it’s been thoroughly applied, the practice has been credited with sharply reducing and even nearly eliminating chronic homelessness.
Reporter Stefania Seccia dug deeper into these success stories, and found some valuable lessons for British Columbia. You can read her full report here.
Albertan cities like Calgary and Medicine Hat call this approach “Housing First,” to make sure those who need shelter don’t have to jump through any additional hoops to get it.
In the video above, Seccia shares the story of Chantelle, one of the first people that Calgary’s Alpha House helped after housing became its top priority for clients in 2008.
This story is part of a partnership between Megaphone Magazine and The Tyee’s Housing Fix on homelessness solutions. Megaphone is a magazine sold by homeless and low-income vendors on the streets of Vancouver and Victoria.
Meryl Streep takes a stand for ‘principled press’ in Golden Globes speech.
Santas, t-Rexes, and ‘Trump’ dive into Vancouver’s polar bear swim.
Where do these videos come from? From you. Send us the BC news, culture and solutions videos you love and and we'll use them as our video of the day. Send your suggestions here!
A documentary on the end of extreme energy extraction.
‘This is not the path to reconciliation.’ Pipeline protesters in downtown Vancouver.
Northwest BC youth forge a relationship with a mighty force of nature.
In housing-crunched Portland and Seattle, politicians see camps as help, not nuisance.
Short-doc highlights the surfers and waves of southern Ontario you might not have known about.
It’s not the only city where real estate is being bought up as insurance. Watch recent event here.
Recent Tyee event discussed curriculum, teaching strategies, politics. Watch it here.
Uncovering a Québec divided.
No survival of the fittest here: this is the ‘wood wide web.’
Solutions for reasonable rents and reasonable prices from across the pond.
A protest that ended violently in Regina, one of Canada’s worst Depression-era riots.
Forthcoming doc series probes the future of a longstanding industry.
Check out this road trip through mountains and forests. Now get out there yourself!
Yusra Mardini, 18, is competing on a team with nine other refugees at the Rio Games.
Another reminder of why The Tyee exists, and why we need your support.
Obama, Clinton, and Trump: Three Speeches on America
Video: Page 1 of 5