Beyond Housing: At Home/Chez Soi Early Findings Reports

Beyond Housing: At Home/Chez Soi Early Findings Reports

These two significant reports showcase what we have learned so far about the Housing First approach, one of the recommendations for action featured in Changing Directions, Changing Lives: The Mental Health Strategy for Canada. As we continue to provide housing and services for nearly one thousand homeless people living with mental health issues in five cities across Canada, we are gathering significant evidence about what works and what does not.

Through our Interim Report, you will learn more about housing outcomes, service use and costing. You will find evidence for the following main findings:

  • Housing First improves the lives of those who are homeless and have a mental illness
  • Housing First makes better use of public dollars, especially for those who are high service users
  • Housing First can be implemented across Canada
  • A cross ministry approach that combines health, housing, social services with non profit and private sector partners is required to solve chronic homelessness.
  • Solving chronic homelessness can create dramatic improvements for Canadian communities


Through our Early Findings Vol. 3 report, you will learn more about some of the qualitative findings related to how the lives of project participants have changed in key areas such as:

  • Social and family relationships
  • Control over personal lives
  • Disruptions due to illness
  • Contributions to community
  • Educational opportunities


Please click on the following links to read other reports:

National At Home/Chez Soi Final Report

National At Home/Chez Soi Final Report (EN/FR)

Conception of the Mental Health Commission of Canada's At Home/Chez Soi Project (EN) 

Turning the Key: Assessing Housing and Related Supports for Persons Living with Mental Health Problems and Illnesses (EN/FR)

Planning and Proposal Development for the Mental Health Commission of Canada's At Home/Chez Soi Project: Cross-site Report (EN)

At Home Early Findings Report - Volume 1 - April 2011 (EN/FR)

At Home/Chez Soi Early Findings Report – Volume 2 – January 2012 (EN/FR)


At Home/Chez Soi Project Baseline Consumer Narrative Report


Early Implementation and Fidelity Evaluation Report


Later Implementation and Fidelity Evaluation Report

ORGANIZATION: Mental Health Commission of Canada
PUBLICATION DATE: 2012
LOCATION: Canada