Federal government doesn’t know if it’s reducing homelessness: auditor general

OTTAWA — Auditor general Karen Hogan says the federal government doesn’t know if the things it's doing to reduce chronic homelessness are working.

In a new report, Hogan says no organization has taken the lead on the federal government’s goal of reducing chronic homelessness by 50 per cent by 2028.

The report says Infrastructure Canada and Employment and Social Development Canada do not know whether their programs are improving housing outcomes for people experiencing homelessness.

The report also found that some rentals offered by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation as affordable units were not in fact affordable to low-income households.

The auditor general says Infrastructure Canada and CMHC were not working in a co-ordinated way and their programs were not well integrated.

Because of that, the report says the federal government is unlikely to achieve its goal of cutting chronic homelessness in half.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 15, 2022.

The Canadian Press