St. Stephen's Community House participants

Exploring the links between homelessness, mortality and housing

Jan 11, 2018

St. Stephen’s Community House is pleased to announce that we have been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Ministry of Housing to pursue our research and capacity building project “Homelessness, Mortality and Housing: Evidence Based Solutions for Housing Individuals with Complex Needs”.

Our Housing and Homeless Services department will be working closely with our project partners, West Neighbourhood House and Ahmed Bayoumi, Scientist with the Centre for Urban Health Solutions at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael's Hospital.

St. Stephen’s Community House and our partners have been tracking homeless deaths since 2012 in the west end of Toronto, noting high rates of deaths amongst the newly housed. In 2015 we formed a coalition of agencies, researchers and people with lived experience to further investigate premature and preventable deaths amongst people who are homeless in Toronto. We formed the Homelessness, Mortality, Research and Advocacy Coalition (HMRAC)

The grant and resulting evidence will contribute to local systems planning to improve health and social outcomes for individuals who are newly housed, have a history of homelessness and complex needs including mental health and substance use issues.

Project partners will share the emerging findings in real time to ensure project relevance for all stakeholders. The project will conclude in February 2019 with a community forum for individuals with lived experience, presentations to decision makers and a final report for broad dissemination to a variety of knowledge users within and outside housing and homelessness sectors.

For further information on this project or the coalition - HMRAC, please contact Lorie Steer, Director of Housing and Homeless Services, St. Stephen’s Community House, or 647-678-7026.

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