On November 22, CMHA-WECB joins communities and organizations across the country to mark National Housing Day and recognize the challenges faced by many people in finding a place to call home.
National Housing Day calls on the need for safe and affordable housing for all Canadians. Across the country, 1.7 million people are in need of housing and at least 235,000 people experience homelessness each year.
In November 2017, the federal government announced a 10-year, $40-billion National Housing Strategy to help reduce homelessness and improve the availability and quality of housing for Canadians in need.
CMHA recognizes housing as a key social determinant of physical and mental well-being. Particularly, supportive housing is crucial to recovery for many people living with mental health or addictions issues. Evidence indicates that having a place to call home means a better quality of life and success in education and work. Housing with appropriate supports is shown to improve outcomes from even severe mental health and addictions problems.
In partnership with other stakeholders, CMHA continues its efforts to promote the need for housing in general and supportive housing in particular for people with lived experience of mental illness.
CMHAs have called for increased investments in housing, as well as the need to reduce barriers to housing as one way to reduce the overall costs to health care, police and justice, and social services sectors.
CMHA-WECB’s Homelessness Initiative Program seeks to provide supported subsidized housing for individuals who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless and who have a mental illness. The program works with private market landlords in the community acting in a liaison capacity to assist with providing access to safe, affordable and stable housing for consumers who are receiving community support services. This program provides:
- Safe affordable access to housing
- Community based private market housing
- Search for affordable housing
- Landlord/tenant resolution and tenancy support
- Supports to maintain housing in the community
Individuals with a mental illness living in Windsor and Essex County over the age of 16 who are involved in intensive case management with CMHA-WECB and/or other appropriate mental health services are eligible. The regular scheduled hours for the services are between 8:30 and 4:30 Monday to Friday. Arrangements will be made to meet individual needs as requested.
Visit https://ontario.cmha.ca/provincial-policy/social-determinants/housing/ to learn more about the importance of housing for mental health.