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Housing, Health and Justice community of interest seeks feedback

July 21, 2016

The Housing, Health and Justice Community of Interest (COI) is conducting a scan of housing programs across Ontario and is asking for feedback.

The COI has created a brief survey for individuals with diagnosed or undiagnosed mental health and/or addictions issues who have been in correctional custody for any length of time. The survey allows them to have their voices heard about available housing.

Individuals with mental health and/or addiction issues who have become involved with the justice system have difficulty securing housing and related supports to live successfully in the community.

These individuals are frequently discharged into shelters or unstable housing, resulting in added stress to the individual and costs to the system. Demand for affordable and supportive housing continue to overwhelm supply.

The online survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Please complete it by Sept. 5. If you have any questions about the Housing, Health and Justice COI or about this survey, please contact Kashfia Alam at

Background on Housing, Health and Justice COI

In 2015, the CMHA Ontario, in partnership with the Wellesley Institute, John Howard Society of Ontario, and with support from EENet at Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, formed a Community of Interest (COI) to advance the agenda on the issue of providing housing support to individuals with mental health and addictions issues involved with the justice system.

The objectives of the COI include: (1) synthesizing existing research, (2) developing and sharing a cohesive message, (3) raising awareness amongst general public and local organizations, and (4) encouraging the development of innovative solutions related to housing.

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