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At Home/Chez Soi National Training event by Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) in Richmond, BC

The At Home/Chez Soi research demonstration project is investigating mental health and homelessness in five Canadian cities: Moncton, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver.

The At Home/Chez Soi project is based on a Housing First approach.

A total of 2285 homeless people living with a mental illness will participate.

1,325 people from that group will be given a place to live, and will be offered services to assist them over the course of the initiative. The remaining participants will receive the regular services that are currently available in their cities.

Participants will have to pay a portion of their rent, and be visited at least once a week by program staff. The project is all about choice, and people will be able to choose housing within a number of different sites within their cities – including apartments and group homes.

The overall goal is to provide evidence about what services and systems could best help people who are living with a mental illness and are homeless. At the same time, the project will provide meaningful and practical support for hundreds of vulnerable people.

Data from this kind of extensive research does not currently exist in Canada.

The MHCC project is unique and the largest of its kind underway in the world right now.

A comparison between different Housing First approaches and “care as usual” is being studied in all cities. In addition, each of the sites has specific population targets and various sub-studies

1. Moncton: one of Canada’s fastest growing cities, with a shortage of services for Anglophones and Francophones.

2. Montreal: different mental health services provided to homeless people in Quebec.

3. Toronto: ethno-cultural diversity including new immigrants who are non-English speaking.

4. Vancouver: people who struggle with substance abuse and addictions.

5. Winnipeg: urban Aboriginal population.

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