In Canada, the current response to homelessness mostly relies on shelters for emergency housing. But before they are offered housing, individuals who are homeless must first participate in treatment and remain sober for a period of time.
Housing First is an evidence-based intervention that originated in New York City. Individuals who are homeless and have serious mental illness are not required to participate in treatment before moving into housing.
In our latest Research Report Round-up, we summarize the final report of the At Home/Chez Soi pilot study, a randomized, controlled field study of Housing First that took place in five Canadian cities. The study compared Housing First with existing approaches in each city. To read this Research Report Round-up, visit the EENet website.
Research Report Round-ups are brief summaries of research reports, presented in a user-friendly format.