By offering Canada’s homeless a sense of stability, we can give them the foundation they need to live healthier and happier lives.

On any given night 35,000 Canadians have no place to call home.

Up to 15 percent of the homeless population in Canada is struggling with mental illness. A lack of affordable housing that meets their specific needs is an issue that needs to be addressed.

Could giving them a permanent home be a way off the streets and into a healthier life?

Dr. Jino Distasio, Director of the Institute of Urban Studies at the University of Winnipeg and Vicky Stergiopoulos, Psychiatrist-in-chief at St. Michael’s Hospital and investigator for the At home/Chez soi program explain how Housing First initiatives could reduce the number of homeless in Canada.

Interview by Mélanie Meloche-Holubowski, social media and podcast editor at, and journalist with Radio-Canada.


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