Having access to and being able to retain housing, especially housing with supports, is a key determinant of mental health. Unfortunately, that is not the experience of many people living with mental health conditions across Canada. The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) released a report showing excellent sustainability of housing pilot projects funded under the At Home/Chez soi project, which started in 2014.
The At Home/Chez Soi pilot project provides evidence that the Housing First approach works.
The MHCC study shows that nine out of 12 pilot programs implemented during At Home/Chez Soi Research Demonstration Project have made the transition from research to real world. At Home/Chez Soi uses a Housing First approach, with participants offered immediate access to housing of their choice through rent subsidies and access to mental health services and supports, all without preconditions.
The At Home/Chez Soi pilot project provides evidence that the Housing First approach works with the majority staying housed with an improved quality of life and connection to their community. This approach is also cost effective. Every $10 invested in Housing First services resulted in an average savings of $9.60 for participants with high needs and $3.42 for participants with moderate needs.
The At Home/Chez Soi demonstration projects are having a significant impact in transforming federal, provincial and municipal housing policies across Canada.
For more details, please visit the project page on the MHCC website.