Moncton project provides homes to over 100 homeless people living with a mental illness

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

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 grow food

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    Jessica Forbes, Vocational Coordinator
403-385-4033/403-826-3942     Lois Gray, Program Officer
nbond@mentalhealthcommission.ca     506-856-3086

 


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