Housing first community of interest

Housing First (HF) is an evidence-based program that has been shown to promote housing stability, quality of life, and community functioning for chronically homeless persons with mental illness and addictions in a large-scale, multi-site trial in Canada, At Home/Chez Soi, as well as several previous studies conducted in the U.S. (Aubry, Nelson, & Tsemberis, 2015).

The Ontario HF Regional Network will consist of Ontario HF policy-makers planners, managers, service-providers, researchers, and persons with lived experience, including representatives from the housing, health, and justice sectors. Key partners may include the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness, the Homeless Hub, Service Canada and the Homelessness Partnering Strategy, and local HF programs.


The goals of this CoI are to:

  • Build local capacity for HF programs
  • Promote high quality implementation of the HF model that includes both fidelity to and adaptation of the model
  • Advocate and influence public policy related to HF

Steering Committee members

Tim Aubry, University of Ottawa
Geoff Nelson, Wilfrid Laurier University
Angela Yip, EENet
Wally Czech, Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness
Kaite Burkholder Harris, Reaching Home
Lynn Macaulay, HHUG
Tina Slauenwhite, Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health
Lisa Medd, CMHA Ottawa
Kathryn Watson, Homelessness Secretariat, Province of Ontario
Kathryn Gibb, Home for Good
Kelly Goz, City of Windsor/SW5
Raymond Landry, Centre de santé communautaire du Grand Sudbury
Betty-Lou Kristy, Centre for Innovation in Peer Support



Project Contact: 

CoI leads

Geoffrey Nelson GNelson [at] wlu [dot] ca  
Tim Aubry TAubry [at] uottawa [dot] ca

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