Practical Supports to Address Homelessness

Panel members include:

  • Sue Baker, Director, Supported Housing, MPA Society and Vancouver At Home/Chez Soi Housing Lead
  • Althea Crawford, Peer Coordinator, Vancouver At Home/Chez Soi project
  • Joanna Gallivan-Smith, Case Manager, Coast Mental Health Intensive Case Management Team, Vancouver At Home/Chez Soi
  • Catharine Hume, Site Coordinator, Vancouver At Home/Chez Soi
  • Kathleen McGarvey, Psychiatrist, RainCity Housing First ACT Team, Vancouver At Home/Chez Soi

Panelists will share early learnings from the At Home/Chez-Soi Research Demonstration Project.

Vancouver is one of five cities implementing At Home/Chez-Soi, a project which is working with over 2,300 people who have experienced homelessness and mental illness across the country.

The project is focused on creating meaningful and sustained impacts nationally in how we respond to people with mental illness experiencing homelessness and is the largest research project of its kind in the world. The panel will speak to keys to success in the early implementation of the project; the approaches that have been used to ‘build a movement’ both locally and nationally and the challenges encountered to date. A focus of the presentation will be on collaborations needed within and beyond formal systems to build and sustain momentum for change.