Webinar recording: COVID-19, homelessness, and Housing First

On April 27, 2020, EENet hosted a webinar with the Ontario Housing First Regional Network Community of Interest (OHFRN-CoI), on COVID-19, homelessness, and Housing First.

Watch the webinar recording (password: OHFRNCOIApr2020). Download the webinar presentation.  You can also download the following resources from CMHA Ottawa:

During this webinar, you will learn about the impact of COVID-19 on homelessness and Housing First programs. Presenters 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.

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 http://eenet.ca/housing-first-community-of-interest/.