At Home/Chez Soi: A Legacy Project
It’s a wrap
Two of the MHCC’s seminal projects reached natural conclusions in our 10th year, both having exerted tremendous influence across Canadian society.
On November 29, 2016, the MHCC released a sustainability study which found that nine of out 12 programs implemented during the ground-breaking At Home/Chez Soi Research Demonstration Project on mental health and homelessness have made the transition from research to real world.
The sustainability study provides unique insight into what is needed to ensure innovative research is translated into mainstream services. The study tracks the Moncton, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver programs after the At Home/Chez Soi project ended in 2014.
While some reduction in funding was experienced by all programs, participants continued to receive client-centred services and supports from multi-disciplinary teams.
“We are proud that Moncton, being the smallest city participating in this research demonstration project, showed such impressive results in effectively combatting the linked problems of mental health and homelessness.” – The. Hon. Claudette Bradshaw, Former Moncton Site Coordinator, At Home/Chez Soi
At Home/Chez Soi demonstrated that Housing First works to rapidly end homelessness for people experiencing mental illness – within months instead of years – the majority staying housed with an improved quality of life and connection to their community. It also proved that this approach is a sound investment, with moderate needs.
As of April 2016, the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness (CAEH) assumed leadership of the MHCC’s Housing First Training and Technical Assistance program.