The Vancouver At Home Study: Overview and methods of a Housing First trial among individuals who are homeless and living with mental illness. 2012 (Canada)

Denise M Zabkiewicz, Michelle Patterson, James Frankish and Julian M Somers.
Journal of Clinical Trails, 2 (4), 2012.

Given high rates of mental illness among homeless individuals and the inadequacy of services, there is a growing need for effective approaches that integrate housing with intensive treatment and supports.

Obtaining a better understanding of how supported housing and services influence the health and well-being of homeless individuals is critical for the development of long-term, community-based solutions, and effective health and social policy.

In an effort to address these issues, Canada’s federal government allocated $110 million to the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) to conduct a national demonstration project to identify the best housing and support services for individuals who are homeless and living with mental illness.

This project, entitled “At Home/Chez Soi”, is being conducted in 5 sites across Canada including: Moncton, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Winnipeg.

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