Housing First Intervention & Retention Rate


By meeting and exceeding the required retention rates, Hamilton is moving towards eliminating chronic homelessness.

Story behind the numbers

In 2016-17, Housing First housed 218 individuals, exceeding the target of housing 138 individuals. 92% of those individuals remained housed at 6 and 12 months. The targeted housing retention rate for Housing First is 80%.

Performance improvements

In order to support retention, efforts are being made to ensure that individuals are provided with the right level of housing support based on their need and choices, in accordance with available resources.

Source: Housing First program data

Retention for 6 and 12 months

Program Year Target for Housing First Acutal Housing First Numbers Retention Rate
2015-16 121 188 92%
2016-17 138 218 92%