Housing, health, and justice community of interest

In 2015, the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario (CMHA), in partnership with the John Howard Society of Ontario, the Wellesley Institute and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), formed a Community of Interest (COI) to move the agenda forward on the issue of providing housing support to individuals with mental health and addictions issues leaving the justice system.

Members of the COI include: Toronto Community Housing, Woodgreen Community Housing, LOFT, City of Toronto, St. Leonard’s Community Housing, Elizabeth Fry Society, COTA, Mental Health Commission of Canada, Simcoe Housing, Centre for Research on Inner City Health, Addictions and Mental Health Ontario, Fred Victor, Ministry of Attorney General, and the Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee.


The overall goals of the COI are to improve housing support for individuals with mental health and addictions concerns who are leaving the justice system, and to increase collaboration and strengthen relationships across the housing, justice, and mental health and addiction sectors.

The specific objectives of the COI include:

  • synthesizing existing research;
  • developing and sharing a cohesive message;
  • raising awareness amongst the general public and local organizations; and
  • encouraging the development of innovative solutions related to housing.
Project Contact: 

Lead organization

The Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario, the Wellesley Institute, and the John Howard Society of Ontario

CoI leads

Kashfia Alam, HSJCC Secretariat, Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario, kalam [at] ontario [dot] cmha [dot] ca