International webinar series on Housing First

This webinar series is hosted by the Ontario Housing First Regional Network Community of Interest (OHFRN‐COI) and the Housing First Europe Hub (the Hub).

The OHFRN‐COI strives to assist communities across Ontario, Canada, to develop, evaluate, and improve Housing First (HF) programs based on the Pathways HF model tested, adapted, and shown to be effective in the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s At Home / Chez Soi Demonstration Project.

The Hub was established by the Y-Foundation (Finland) and FEANTSA (European Federation of National Organisations Working with Homeless People), along with more than 15 partners, creating a network of organisations, public authorities and foundations working to scale up HF programs in Europe.

The goal of webinar series is to bring together the international HF community, share evidence-based knowledge, experience and innovation, build capacity for HF programs, and promote high quality implementation of the HF model that includes both fidelity to and adaptation of the model.

This webinar series is for mental health and addictions stakeholders including practitioners, managers, program developers, and policy-makers involved in HF through the health and housing sectors.

Webinar topics, dates, presenters and resources

1. HF and the Costs

This webinar on January 21m 2021, looked at the current evidence on cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness of HF.

Watch the recording (password: RrD6VqtM). View the presentation slides.


Resources from presenters

2. HF and Influencing Policy

This session on February 25, 2021, provided examples from different countries on how to influence policies around elections at a local level.

Date: Thursday, February 25, 2021
Time: 9:30am – 11:00am EST

Watch the recording. Recording password: gVdKmV5q. View the presentation slides.


Resources from presenters

3. The 10-20%

This on April 29, 2021, explored the 10-20% of clients who are unsuccessful in ending their homelessness through participation in a HF program. Presenters will highlight the research, challenges, programs and supports for those who have had difficulty getting stably housed through Housing First; including an innovative model of housing first that blends scattered-site and permanent supported harm reduction housing models seamlessly to meet the needs of program participants.

Watch the webinar recording and read the questions and answers from the presentation.


Resources from presenters

4. HF and Women

This webinar from May 5, 2021 examined research and work on the pathways to Housing First for women, families, and mothers experiencing homelessness, as well as domestic violence and HF.   

Watch the webinar recording.


Resources from presenters

  • Sullivan, C., & Olsen, L. (2017). Common ground, complementary approaches: adapting the Housing First model for domestic violence survivors. Housing and Society, 43(3), 182-194
  • Caplan, R. (2018). “Invisible” parent experiences of homelessness and separation from their children in Canada. (Unpublished Doctoral dissertation). Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo: ON. Available at
  • Caplan, R., Nelson, G., Distasio, J., Isaak, C., Edel, B., Piat, M., ... Goering, P. (2020). Indigenous and non‐Indigenous parents separated from their children and experiencing homelessness and mental illness in Canada. Journal of Community Psychology, 48, 2753–2772. 

Upcoming international conference on Housing First

The OHFRN-CoI is also hosting the Fourth International Housing First Conference. This conference has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and is now being held as a virtual conference October 5-7th, 2021 from 10:30am - 12:45pm EST. We are aiming to launch the call for abstracts by April/May 2021. Stay tuned for more information and check out the conference website.   

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