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Housing First (HF) is an evidence-based program that has been shown to promote housing stability, quality of life, and community functioning for chronically homeless persons with mental illness and addictions in a large-scale, multi-site trial in Canada, At Home / Chez Soi, as well as several previous studies conducted in the U.S. (Aubry, Nelson, & Tsemberis, 2015).

The Canadian Housing First l Network – Community of Interest (CHFN-COI) assists communities across Canada to develop, evaluate, and improve Housing First (HF) programs based on the Pathways model tested, adapted, and shown to be effective in the At Home  / Chez Soi Demonstration Project.

The CHFN-CoI (formerly the Ontario Housing First Regional Network Community of Interest (OHFRN-CoI)), consist of HF champions, HF programs across Canada, policy-makers planners, managers, service-providers, researchers, and persons with lived experience, including representatives from the housing, health, and justice sectors and Indigenous housing and support providers.

The CHFN is hosted by the CAEH and Evidence Exchange Network (EENet) at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.


The CHEN-COI will be guided by the key values of social justice and equity, inclusion of lived experience and peer support, reconciliation, and empowerment and consumer choice  


The goals of this CoI are to:

Steering Committee members

Tim Aubry, University of Ottawa

Geoff Nelson, Wilfrid Laurier University

Angela Yip, EENet, CAMH

Wally Czech, Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness (CAEH)

Lisa Medd, Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ottawa

Kathryn Gibb, Services & Housing in the Province (SHIP), Ontario

Kelly Goz, City of Windsor/SW5, Ontario

Taylor Jordan, Ontario Native Women's Association

Pio Giralico, CMHA Toronto, Ontario 

Don Robinson, Manitoba

Simone Lilly, End Homelessness St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador

Ty Silver, North End Community Health Centre, Halifax

Eric Macnaughton, University of British Columbia

Greg Bishop, Saint John Human Development Council, New Brunswick

Eric Latimer, Douglas Research Centre and McGill University, Quebec 

Michelle Bilek, CAEH

CoI leads

Geoffrey Nelson GNelson@wlu.ca  

Tim Aubry TAubry@uottawa.ca