Homes First pioneered the housing first strategy to combat homelessness in the City of Toronto more than 30 years ago. We were the first, and remain one of the largest providers of non-profit supportive housing in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). We work with individuals who are chronically homeless, those who have mental health and addiction issues and are considered 'hardest to house'. The housing first strategy is effective at addressing chronic homelessness, it makes better use of government funds because it uses a cross-ministry approach with inputs from health, housing, social services and non-profit partners. Homes First firmly believes that people need a home before they can begin to work on other issues.