You're invited to join the Ontario Housing First Forum: Linking Research and Practice

The Ontario Housing First Regional Network Community of Interest (OHFRN-CoI) is excited to host the first Housing First (HF) forum for stakeholders from across Ontario to come together and share resources and experiences with implementing HF in their communities!

Date: Thursday, January 25, 2018
Time: 9am – 4pm (EST)
Location: CAMH, 33 Russell St. Toronto, room 2029

Register here! Download the event flyer.


  • 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.

Target audience

Stakeholders implementing HF in Ontario and persons with lived experience.  NOTE: Due to limited space of 80 participants, please select only 1-2 members from your agency to attend.

Stay tuned for upcoming information on keynote speakers and concurrent sessions, including sessions on family homelessness; working with landlords; peer involvement; an Indigenous HF circle; and much more! 


9:00am – 9:30am Welcoming remarks from Geoff Nelson and Tim Aubry, OHFRN-CoI Co-Chairs  

9:30am -10:30am Keynote presentation by Steve Lurie, CMHA Toronto 

10:40am – 11:55am Breakout sessions:

  • Indigenous Housing First (Dick Passmore and Yvonne Maracle) 
  • Planning and implementing Housing First: Challenges and strategies (Kathleen Worton, Geoff Nelson, Alex Cheng)
  • Housing First with youth (Ashley Ward, Mike Wade)

11:55 – 1pm Lunch

1:00pm – 2:15pm Breakout sessions:

  • Prevention of homelessness (Erin Dej, Julia Huys, Omar Magré, Kaitlin Schwan)
  • Peer support in Housing First (Jeremiah Bach)
  • Fidelity (Tim Aubry)

2:15pm – 2:30pm Break

2:30 – 3:45pm Breakout sessions:

  • Landlord engagement (Jennifer Nicole Rae, Lisa Medd, Tim Aubry)
  • Family homelessness (John Sylvestre, Nick Kerman-Dixon, Alexia Polillo)
  • Networking and Housing First knowledge mobilization (Kathleen Worton, Kelly Goz, Joyce Zuk, Angela Pye, Edwina Toope)

3:45pm – 4pm Wrapping up the day; evaluation; future of the CoI


For those that require a hotel the evening before, we have a group block at:

  • The Grand Hotel (225 Jarvis St, Toronto, ON M5B 2C1), for the evening of Wednesday January 24th, for a special rate of $179. Please call the hotel and note the CAMH group blook to receive this rate: 416.863.9000 or toll free: 1.877.32.GRAND.
  • Courtyard Marriott Downtown Toronto (475 Yonge Street, Toronto M4Y 1X7 Canada) for the evening of Wednesday January 24th, for a special rate of $162.00 single or double occupancy per room per night plus applicable taxes.Please call the hotel and note the CAMH group blook to receive this rate: Toll-Free Reservation Center:+1 800-847-5075


For more information about the CoI and to see our resources, visit the CoI's webpage

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