Housing Supports for Participants of the DTC Program (Vancouver)


Justice Canada and Health Canada (Drug Treatment Court Funding Program)
Drug Court Treatment and Resource Centre (DCTRC) Housing Program, and the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority Addiction Services
Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, and BC Housing


Vancouver, British Columbia


2007/04/01 – 2009/09/30

Focus Areas

Persons with Disabilities


This project tested whether adding supportive housing facilities and supportive services to the Drug Treatment Court (DTC) program increased the success rates of DTC participants, while preventing and reducing the incidence of homelessness.

Project Summary

The project focused on improvements to leased units, staffing a Housing Case Manager position, implementing a subsidy program, and establishing a partnership with BC Housing in order to access supported housing. The Housing Case Manager helped establish housing for participants; provided household necessities; completed housing assessments; processed the payment of subsidies; and negotiated agreements with Recovery Houses for the purchase of beds. BC’s Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General operates the Drug Treatment Court Program in Vancouver and was therefore the recipients of HPS funds for this project as agreed under a MOU between HRSDC and Justice Canada.

Project Results

During the project, 84 subsidies were provided for both ongoing and emergent market housing needs. The housing subsidy program component of the project was found to be very valuable in assisting participants gain their independence and maintain housing stability. The Housing Case Manager position was found to be critical in assisting participants to meet their basic housing needs and to the overall success of the program. As of October 13, 2009, the housing profile of DTC participants was: 30% in Recovery Houses; 25% in supported Single Room Occupancy (SRO); 10% in SRO (private, not supported); 23% in market housing; 8% in residential treatment; and 4% had no fixed address/unknown (includes participants on bench warrant with no contact at the centre; also includes 1 new intake as of October 8, 2009).

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