Housing first community of interest

Housing First (HF) is an evidence-based program that has been shown to promote housing stability, quality of life, and community functioning for chronically homeless persons with mental illness and addictions in a large-scale, multi-site trial in Canada, At Home/Chez Soi, as well as several previous studies conducted in the U.S. (Aubry, Nelson, & Tsemberis, 2015). 
The Ontario HF Regional Network will consist of Ontario HF policy-makers planners, managers, service-providers, researchers, and persons with lived experience, including representatives from the housing, health, and justice sectors. Key partners may include the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness, the Homeless Hub, Service Canada and the Homelessness Partnering Strategy, and local HF programs.


The goals of this CoI are to:

  • Build local capacity for HF programs
  • Expand HF programs across Ontario
  • Promote high quality implementation of the HF model
  • Obtain financial support for HF programs and research
  • Inform provincial and local housing and support policies for homeless people with mental illness and addictions

Steering Committee members

Tim Aubry, University of Ottawa
Geoff Nelson, Wilfrid Laurier University
Angela Yip, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Wally Czech, Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness
Natasha Pateman, Homelessness Partnering Strategy
Sonia Pitre, Homelessness Partnering Strategy
Marie Morrison, Region of Waterloo/Southwestern 5 area
Dick Passmore, Aboriginal Health Centre, Hamilton
Lisa Medd, Canadian Mental Health Association Ottawa
Della Knoke, Homelessness Secretariat, Province of Ontario
Carol Kauppi, Laurentian University
Jill Grant, University of Windsor
Kelly Goz, City of Windsor
Rochelle Lee, Canadian Mental Health AssociationThunder Bay


Project Contact: 

CoI leads

Geoffrey Nelson GNelson [at] wlu [dot] ca  
Tim Aubry TAubry [at] uottawa [dot] ca