Message from the Director General
Welcome to the third edition of the HPS Bulletin, dedicated to homelessness and mental health. With research suggesting that a significant proportion of the homeless population experience mental health challenges, the need for evidence-based promising practices focused on preventing or responding to homelessness for those with mental health issues is clear.
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Studies point to the success of a "Housing First" approach with supports for people who are homeless and living with severe and chronic mental health issues. Early findings from the Mental Health Commission of Canada's (MHCC) At Home/Chez Soi demonstration project suggest that client choice in location and type of housing, as well as course of treatment, have a significant impact on outcomes. We are pleased to work with the MHCC and to share findings from the At Home/Chez Soi project through a series of webinars.
The links between mental health and homelessness are complex. This Bulletin features a selection of studies funded through the HPS which highlight communitylevel strategies that work. At the same time, some key knowledge gaps remain. Accordingly, I am pleased to announce the launch of a Call for Proposals that will explore evidence-based promising practices. In particular, we hope to explore service integration that enables those with mental health issues to remain housed, healthy, and integrated into the community. We are committed to sharing these findings to support community-level decision making. As always, we encourage you to share your ideas and promising practices with us. Great collaboration starts with knowledge sharing!
Have a great summer,
Barbara Lawless, Director General