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Supportive Housing Symposium



Event Details

Supportive Housing: The Winning Formula for Supporting People and Sustaining the Health Care System~ October 15, 2007
A full-day symposium presented by the Canadian Research Network for Care in the Community (CRNCC) and the Ontario Community Support Association (OCSA)
This symposium focused on the crucial role that supportive housing plays in maintaining the health, well-being, independence and quality of life of individuals. There is mounting credible evidence to suggest that when home and community care is targeted, managed and integrated within the broader continuum of care, there are positive outcomes for individuals and the health care system. This symposium highlighted supportive housing as the site of integrated care within the continuum of care.

Key symposium themes included:

  • The current state of supportive housing in Canada; what is already working – the varying shapes, sizes and models of supportive housing and the range of supportive housing options for different needs groups (including people with mental disabilities);
  • How supportive housing is good for individuals;
  • How supportive housing fits into the broader health system contributing to the sustainability of the health system;
  • Opportunities and challenges for translating knowledge into practice at both policy making and service delivery levels – How do areas that do not have supportive housing make it happen and move good ideas to action?

This symposium was intended for policy makers, academics, clinicians, researchers, managers, and frontline workers in the field of supportive housing and home and community care.
This groundbreaking symposium featured top national and international experts.



Speakers (alphabetically)

  • Ann Aikens, Mayor, Deep River, Ontario
    Bio | Presentation
  • Nancy Beck, Director, Connections Clubhouse (CMHC winner), Nova Scotia
    Bio | Presentation
  • Dr. David Challis, Professor of Community Care Research and Director, Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU), UK;
    Bio | Presentation
  • Dr. Eigil Hansen, Professor of Economics at the Institute of Local Government Studies, Denmark;
    Bio | Presentation
  • Judy Kelly, Director, Home Support Services, Vancouver Coastal Health, Vancouver
    Bio | Presentation
  • Dr. Janet Lum, Associate Professor and Co-Director, Graduate Program in Public Policy and Administration, Department of Politics and Public Administration, Ryerson University and Co-Chair, Canadian Research Network for Care in the Community (CRNCC)
    Bio | Presentation
  • Iris Neumann, CEO, Capital Care Group, Edmonton
    Bio | Presentation
  • Dr. Mary Stuart, Professor and Director of the Health Administration and Policy Program, University of Maryland, USA
    Bio | Presentation


Full Web Cast of the symposium is available. Click here! [Ryecast]
Supportive Housing Symposium Highlight DVD is now available online!



Poster Presentations

The day was enhanced by poster presentations of other successful supportive housing models (e.g., for homeless people, women and children escaping violence, etc.)
The following are links to some of the abstracts and posters that were presented:

  • Yee Hong Garden for Geriatric Care - Peace of Mind
    Abstract | Poster
  • Institute for Life Course and Aging - In from the Streets
    Abstract | Poster
  • Halton Region Services for Seniors - Enriching Lives Through Leisure
    Abstract | Poster photo
  • St .Michael's Hospital - Supportive Housing: Supportive People and Sustaining the Health Care System
    Abstract | Poster
  • Yee Hong Garden for Geriatric Care - Wellness at Supportive Housing
    Abstract | Poster



Event Agenda



Date & Time

Monday, October 15, 2007 ~ 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. (EST)



  • Registration Fee: $179 for CRNCC and OCSA members, $249 for non-members.
  • Registration included access to the symposium, continental breakfast, lunch, and all hard copy materials.



Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel, Grand Richmond Ballroom
600 Highway 7 – Richmond Hill, ON L4B 1B2



Event Organizers

Canadian research network for care in the community (CRNCC) / Réseau canadien de recherche pour les soins dans la communauté (RCRSC)

Leading knowledge exchange on home and community care
CRNCC / RCRSC is an international network of researchers, providers, citizen groups, community organizations, consumers and policy makers. Its goal is to share knowledge and research evidence about the crucial role of community support services within the broader continuum of health and social care. CRNCC / RCRSC is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and Ryerson University.

The Ontario Community Support Association (OCSA)

The Ontario Community Support Association (OCSA) supports, promotes and represents the common goals of its members. They provide not-for-profit health and social services that help people live at home in their own communities, across Ontario.
OCSA represents more than 360 community agencies, 25,000 staff and 100,000 volunteers across Ontario. Last year these volunteers donated over 2.5 million hours of service. OCSA works with their members to ensure that issues which affect community services are heard and addressed by government policy makers, other health organizations, the media and the general public.