Participants in At Home/Chez Soi Toronto project to receive ongoing
CALGARY, Feb. 12, 2013 /CNW/ - The Government of Ontario announced today
that it will provide continued supportive housing and services to
people living with mental illness who are currently part of the Mental
Health Commission of Canada's (MHCC) At Home/Chez Soi research
This investment will maintain 216 supportive housing units and support
services for 240 formerly homeless people living with mental illness in
"The link between chronic homelessness and mental illness is widely
acknowledged, but not fully understood. This new investment by the
Government of Ontario which has been a champion of the Housing First
approach for some time, is significant," says MHCC President and CEO
Louise Bradley. "It means that the people who have been helped by the
At Home/Chez Soi project in Toronto will continue to receive the
support they need."
Launched in 2008, At Home/Chez Soi is a four-year research demonstration
project of the MHCC designed to investigate the best ways to help
homeless people who also live with mental illness. Through a Housing
First approach, participants were given housing through rent subsidies
and access to mental health services and supports. The project is
taking place in five Canadian cities including Toronto, Montreal,
Moncton, Winnipeg and Vancouver. A final research report is expected
later this year.
The announcement by the Government of Ontario coincides with Bell Let's
talk day - an initiative to raise funds for mental health initiatives
and get Canadians talking about mental health issues.
"Very few families are untouched by mental illness and addictions," says
the Hon. Deb Matthews, Ontario's Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.
"Initiatives like the At Home/Chez Soi project and Bell's Let's Talk
Day are challenging the stigma associated with mental illness and
making a big difference in the lives of those who have struggled alone
for too long."
For more on Ontario's Action Plan for Health Care, read "Open Minds, Health Minds: Ontario's comprehensive Mental Health and
For more on the MHCC's At Home/Chez Soi research, read the Interim Report.
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SOURCE: Mental Health Commission of Canada
For further information:
Kyle Marr, Senior Communication Specialist
Mental Health Commission of Canada
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