Media invited to pursue stories about the Moncton project: two years
CALGARY, Nov. 14, 2011 /CNW/ - Many homeless people living with a mental
illness in Moncton now have a place to live as part of the Mental
Health Commission of Canada's (MHCC) national At Home/Chez Soi Project.
Two years after its official launch, there are currently over 100
participants receiving housing and access to specialized support
services within the Moncton project. Over 100 others have access to the
regular supports and services available in their community.
There are more than 500 homeless people in Moncton, and many of these
people live with a mental illness. The At Home/Chez Soi Project is
taking place to find out more about this social crisis and demonstrate
ways to help solve it, not only in Moncton but across the country. The
project is underway in four other cities including Vancouver, Winnipeg,
Toronto, and Montreal. What we learn in these five cities will help
inform related planning and policy development across Canada.
The demonstration project is using a Housing First approach, which means
providing people with housing, along with support services tailored to
meet their needs. Each city is also exploring specific issues related
to sub-populations. In Moncton, people accessing housing and services
in both official languages in a small but growing community is one
focus. Another unique focus is the rural population.
Media are invited to explore stories including:
Some of the early findings such as population demographics
Personal stories from participants and project team members (e.g.
Participants who have established new relationships, and others who
have battled addictions issues.)
Amarosia Organic Farm Project, where participants have helped produce
food and learned new skills
At Home Creations, a co-op run by participants who have made and sold
artwork at a local market
YMCA community garden, where participants have helped tend plants and
For more on the At Home/Chez Soi Project please visit: www.mentalhealthcommission.ca
The Mental Health Commission of Canada is a catalyst for transformative
change. Our mission is to work with stakeholders to change the
attitudes of Canadians toward mental health problems and to improve
services and support. Our goal is to help people who live with mental
health problems lead meaningful and productive lives. The Mental Health
Commission of Canada is funded by Health Canada. For more information
about the MHCC please visit www.mentalhealthcommission.ca
The views represented herein solely represent the views of the Mental
Health Commission of Canada. Production of this document is made
possible through a financial contribution from Health Canada.
SOURCE Mental Health Commission of Canada
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