Addiction Supportive Housing Evaluation Project Completes Lit Review

Addiction Supportive Housing Evaluation Project Completes Lit Review

The Addiction Supportive Housing Evaluation project has completed a literature review, which is being used to inform the evaluation of Ontario’s ASH programs. Key findings include the following:

  • Numerous complex interactions between homelessness and problematic substance use have been identified;
  • Supportive housing has been developed in a variety of configurations, which differ across seven dimensions: length of stay, substance use goals (harm reduction or abstinence), rules re: substance use in housing, requirements for engagement with service, type and configuration of services provided, and type of housing;
  • Both Treatment First and Housing First approaches are employed, with some jurisdictions adopting a blended approach; and
  • Considerable evidence of the effectiveness of supportive housing for people with substance use problems has emerged over the last several years.

Five members of the Joint Advisory Committee are currently piloting the evaluation tools and protocol in their own organizations. The evaluation and the continued analysis of program information will be our primary focus for the next quarter.