News Advisory - Toronto project provides homes to over 240 homeless people living with a mental illness

Media invited to pursue stories about the Toronto project:  two years later

CALGARY, Nov. 14, 2011 /CNW/ - Many homeless people living with a mental illness in Toronto 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 240 participants receiving housing and access to specialized support services within the Toronto project. Over 270 others have access to the regular supports and services available in their communities.

There are an estimated 5,000-6,000 homeless people in Toronto, 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 Toronto but across the country. The project is underway in four other cities including Vancouver, Winnipeg, Montreal and Moncton. 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 Toronto, services that work best for people from various ethnic and racial communities are a key focus. Researchers are also performing a detailed analysis of chronic illnesses and access to primary health care.

Media are invited to explore stories including:

  • Some of the early findings such as population demographics
  • Personal stories from participants
  • Updates from project team members
  • The Toronto People With Lived Experience Caucus whose members advise the local project

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

For further information:

Nujma Bond, Communications Manager Cameron Keller, VP Mental Health and Homelessness
403-385-4033/403-826-3942                      778-789-7580
nbond@mentalhealthcommission.ca


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