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Reconnecting disconnections: Research helps prevent homelessness in London

When a person with “no fixed address” is being released from hospital, unit staff typically do their best to find that person a place to go. Since it can take weeks to locate housing and receive rent money from Ontario Works or the Ontario Disability Support Program, many of these individuals end up having to go to a shelter when they leave the hospital.

But Dr. Cheryl Forchuk and her team are trying to do things differently. They designed an intervention to reduce the number of people who are discharged from psychiatric units to a shelter or the streets in London, Ontario. This issue of Evidence in Action looks at their intervention and the effect it had on homelessness in London.

Evidence in Action profiles knowledge generation, exchange, and implementation activities across Ontario.

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Categories: Health Systems and Services , Housing / Homelessness , Mental Health , Treatment, Supports, and Services