September 20, 2017
1:30 pm to 2:30 pmAdd to Calendar (iCal) Add to Google Calendar
How to Build a High Fidelity Housing First Team from Scratch!
About the Session:
3 years ago our CMHA branch received funding to start a Housing First team but, of course, there were no rent sups attached. We spent a year adapting to working directly with the community that serves people experiencing homelessness and the folks that receive that service and learning about what Housing First was supposed to be. Then the rent sups came and we are now a full-blown team. Along the way, we faced many challenges and had a few successes. In this presentation, you will learn from our mistakes. As well, the program is undergoing an extensive evaluation and some of those findings will be presented.
Sharon Suter is a manager at Canadian Mental Health Association. She is relatively new to management and was hired to lead the Housing First team because of her more than 30-year history of working with people experiencing homelessness and her passion for this area of social justice. As part of her job, she is a trainer with the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness.
Making Housing Happen in Ontario
About the Session:
The presentation will cover the development of a proposal to the government calling for the development of a minimum of 30,000 supportive housing units over a 10 year period. A process to develop a whole of government approach and coordination with municipal managers will be discussed, as well as the govt response to the recommendations re service and housing targets.
Steve Lurie is the executive director of CMHA Toronto, a position he has held since 1979. He is the author of numerous publication on mental health policy and was recently awarded the Order of Canada for his work in mental health.
Greg Suttor is a senior planner at the Wellesley Institute in Toronto and led the development of the plan presented to the provincial government. He has extensive experience as a municipal and provincial planner and recently authored a book about affordable and supportive housing.