Presentations from the Ontario Housing First Forum now available

Tim Aubry, OHFRN-CoI co-lead.

On Thursday January 25th, the Ontario Housing First Regional Network Community of Interest (OHFRN-CoI) hosted the Ontario Housing First Forum: Linking Research to Practice.

Eighty-eight participants came together to share resources and experiences with implementing Housing First in their communities, and included agency representatives, researchers, persons with lived experiences, members of the CoI, and representatives from multiple sectors implementing the Housing First model in Ontario.  

The road to recovery from mental health problems and addictions begins with having a home. Housing First  has been shown to be effective in ending homelessness for a majority of individuals who have struggled with chronic homelessness. The evidence is indisputable. We now need to scale it up across Ontario as quickly as possible.  A Community of Interest on Housing First in the province can play a critical role in supporting this scaling up - Tim Aubry, OHRFN-CoI co-lead   

The forum objectives were to:

Branka Agic, Director of Knowledge Exchange, Provincial System Support Program

  • Bring together stakeholders who are implementing HF to share knowledge of their programs, develop relationships and network;
  • Link research to practice, and promote high quality implementation of the HF model; and,
  • Link sectors involved, including mental health and housing, and other sectors.

The day kicked off with opening remarks from Branka Agic, Director of Knowledge Exchange for the Provincial System Support Program at the CAMH.

Geoff Nelson, OHFRN-CoI co-lead, also took a moment to remember and acknowledge Dr. Paula Goering, CAMH, Research Lead for At Home / Chez Soi Demonstration Project.

Steve Lurie, Executive Director, Canadian Mental Health
Association, Toronto Branch

View the full program, presentation abstracts, additional resource links, presenter bios, and contact information.


Forum presentations

Keynote presentation: From Research to Advocacy and the Challenges of Scaling up Housing, by Steve Lurie, Executive Director, Canadian Mental Health Association Toronto Branch

Alex Cheng , Geoff Nelson, Kathleen Worton

Morning workshops:

Erin Dej

Afternoon workshops:

John Sylvestre, Nick Kerman-Dixon and Alexia Polillo presenting on Family Homelessness

Late afternoon workshops:


For more information about the OHFRN-CoI and additional resources, visit:


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