Indigenous Housing First Edmonton

The Indigenous Housing First Program provides housing and follow up support for chronically homeless Indigenous people in Edmonton.

Ending Homelessness with Housing and Follow-up Support

The program is intended to last no more than 12 months as participants are stabilized and transitioned to a reduced level of support. The final stages of the program involve planning to discharge the participant once self-sufficient. Indigenous Housing First embraces the principle of Housing First and that every person has the right to a safe, secure home.

To refer someone to the program, contact:

Melissa Meneen, Manager Email:
Gyslaine Clarke Email:

Illustration by Aaron Paquette

Requirements for Access to the Indigenous Housing First Program

  • Chronically homeless (4 episodes of homelessness within 3 year period OR continuous homelessness within one calendar year)
  • Must score high enough on the SPDAT (Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool)
  • Must have an income (Income Support, AISH, Part- Time, Full-Time)
  • Must agree to 3rd party rent payment
  • Must agree to receive Navigator supports in their home and community
  • Must agree to be a good tenant and neighbor

Program Services

1. Housing – A Housing Outreach Worker assists participants in selecting housing of their choice. This includes:

  • Helping participants search for and identify appropriate housing
  • Establishing relationships with landlords, including mediating during times of conflict
  • Applying for and managing housing allowances
  • Assisting with setting up apartment (furniture, household items, groceries)

2. Follow-up Support – A Navigator assists participants in accessing resources and supports to promote community integration, improve quality of life and foster independent living. Each participant will develop a personal network of support to address skills and resource in areas including:

  • Life, Housing and Tenancy skills
  • Debt Reduction: budgets, financial aid, finding credit counselling
  • Mental health: finding counselling
  • Addiction Services: clinical support, rehab, harm reduction
  • Medical: doctor, dental, vision and other medical access
  • Legal
  • Education
  • Income Support and Disability
  • Employment
  • Daily Meaningful Activity
  • Children Services Involvement support
  • Cultural and spiritual Indigenous practices if participants are interested