At Home/Chez Soi

At Home/Chez Soi

At Home/Chez Soi is an innovative and ground-breaking study from the Mental Health Commission of Canada that is changing the way we view homelessness across the country. Using a $110 million federal grant, this was a four-year, five city (Vancouver, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal and Moncton) research demonstration project on mental health and homelessness.

Each of the five test sites also had a focus on a specific sub-population:

  • Vancouver (people also experiencing problematic substance use)
  • Winnipeg (urban Aboriginal population)
  • Toronto (ethno-racialized populations, including new immigrants who do not speak English)
  • Montréal (includes a vocational study)
  • Moncton (services in smaller communities)

With over 1,000 people housed this project has provided opportunities for extensive research into homelessness and has proven, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that Housing First solves homelessness.

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