Eric Latimer, PhD, the first J. Armand Bombardier Fellow in the Quality of Mental Health Care, is Montréal’s lead investigator for the pan-Canadian At Home/Chez Soi project.

469 homeless people with mental illness in Montréal participated in the study, and over half of them were offered housing in addition to follow-up from a multidisciplinary support team.

Those who were housed and received support services tended to do much better on many dimensions of quality of life, and also spent less time in hospitals, prisons and shelters.

These results demonstrate that it would be both beneficial and cost-effective to invest in permanent housing and support teams for homeless people with mental illness.

The Douglas Foundation thanks the Fondation J. Armand Bombardier for partnering with the Institute to improve access to and quality of mental health care.

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