Montreal Project Provides Homes to Over 260 Homeless People Living with a Mental Illness

CALGARY, Nov. 14, 2011 /CNW/ - Many homeless people living with a mental illness in Montreal 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 260 participants receiving housing and access to specialized support services within the Montreal project. Over 180 others have access to the regular supports and services available in their communities.

There are an estimated 28,000-30,000 homeless people in Montreal, and many of them 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 Montreal but across the country. The project is underway in four other cities including Vancouver, Winnipeg, Toronto 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 Montreal, people looking to re-enter the workforce are a main focus.

Media are invited to explore stories including:

  • Some of the early findings such as population demographics
  • Personal stories from participants and project team members

For more on the At Home/Chez Soi Project please visit:

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

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

          Sonia Côté, Montreal Site Coordinator
514-527-6439 ext. 173



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