COVID-19, homelessness, and Housing First

The Ontario Housing First Regional Network Community of Interest (OHFRN-CoI) presents a webinar on COVID-19, homelessness, and Housing First.

Date: Monday, April 27, 2020
Time: 10:30am-12pm (EDT)

Register for this webinar.

Download the webinar flyer.

During this webinar, you will learn about the impact of COVID-19 on homelessness and Housing First programs. We’ll discuss:

  • Recent research on the projected homelessness curve due to COVID-19 in the United States and potential impacts;
  • Current state of Housing First programs and new challenges in Ottawa, Toronto, and Spain; and
  • Different COVID-19 measures put in place in HF programs, including confinement, issues clients are facing, drug use, issues specific to minorities/cross-cultural issues, and more.


Participants from different communities, including international stakeholders are encouraged to attend, and to learn and share their experiences in working with Housing First for persons experiencing chronic homelessness, and the impacts of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The presenters

  • Dennis Culhane, Professor, Dana and Andrew Stone Chair in Social Policy, Co-Principal Investigator, Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy, University of Pennsylvania
  • Annette Bradfield, Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Manager, CMHA Ottawa
  • Pio Giralico, Manager, Housing First Intensive Case Management & Strengthening Communities in Scarborough Programs, Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Toronto
  • Roberto Bernad, Habitat Director. Housing First research, HOGAR SÍ, Spain

Moderators and OHFRN-CoI Co-Leads

  • Tim Aubry, Professor, School of Psychology & Senior Researcher, Centre for Research on Educational and Community Services, University of Ottawa
  • Geoff Nelson, Emeritus Professor of Psychology, Wilfrid Laurier University

The OHFRN-COI, supported by Evidence Exchange Network (EENet), assists communities across Ontario to develop, evaluate, and improve Housing First (HF) programs based on the Pathways model tested, adapted, and shown to be effective in the At Home / Chez Soi Demonstration Project. For more information, visit the

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