AHANS is the community entity of the federal Reaching Home program for Halifax and rural Nova Scotia.

Reaching Home, formerly the the Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS), is a community-based program aimed at preventing and reducing homelessness by providing direct support and funding to designated communities, territorial communities and rural and remote communities across Canada. The program will run from April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2024.

The Reaching Home program operates through community-based advisory boards. These volunteer bodies are comprised of diverse groups of shelter and service providers, federal and provincial government representatives, the faith community, and people with first-hand experience of homelessness.

Reaching Home Requirements

The goal of Reaching Home is to have a 50% reduction in the number of chronic homeless in Canada by 2027-2028.

Chronic Homeless is defined as individuals who are experiencing homelessness AND who meet at least 1 of the following criteria:

  • they have a total of at least 6 months (180 days) of homelessness over the past year

  • they have recurrent experiences of homelessness over the past 3 years, with a cumulative duration of at least 18 months (546 days)

Chronic homelessness includes time spent in the following contexts:

  • staying in unsheltered locations, that is public or private spaces without consent or contract, or places not intended for permanent human habitation

  • staying in emergency shelters, including overnight shelters for people experiencing homelessness (including those for specific populations, such as youth, families, and newcomers), shelters for people impacted by family violence, and emergency shelters for people fleeing a natural disaster or destruction of accommodation

  • staying temporarily with others without guarantee of continued residency or the immediate prospects for accessing permanent housing, or short-term rental accomodations (for example, motels) without security of tenure

In addition to the above, Halifax will be required to set targets for the following:

  • a general reduction in overall homelessness

  • a reduction in homelessness for priority populations

  • a reduction of inflows into homelessness, and

  • a reduction in a return to homelessness from housing