As individuals and organizations recognize World Homelessness Day and World Mental Health Day on Oct 10, CMHA Waterloo Wellington is reminding the community that housing is key to the recovery for many people with mental health issues.
Individuals with serious mental health conditions frequently identify income and housing as the most important factors in achieving and maintaining their health. Studies show that people who are homeless are more likely to experience compromised mental health and mental illness than the general population. According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, between 25 to 50 per cent of the homeless population in Canada live with a mental illness(es). The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing gaps in housing, making it even more difficult to find and maintain affordable housing for people living with mental illnesses and addictions.
CMHA WW offers Supportive Housing, this is a recovery-based service that combines support with housing to promote successful tenancies. It is a collaborative partnership with:
• Stonehenge Therapeutic Community
• Thresholds Homes and Supports
• Dunara Homes for Recovery Inc.
• The County of Wellington; and
• Private landlords, offering safe, subsidized, longer term and
transitional housing options across Guelph and Wellington.
To learn more about the program and how to access support, please click here.
CMHA Ontario continues its efforts to promote the need for housing in general and supportive housing in particular for people with lived experience of mental illness. CMHA Ontario has 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.