We promote the rights of people with mental
illness to live in the neighbourhood of their choice.

Every person has an equal right to accommodation, free from discrimination on the basis of mental illness, another disability, source of income or any other personal characteristic.

Information and Advice

Backgrounder for municipal councillors
Want to offer your local councillor simple ways to promote healthy, inclusive neighbourhoods? Adapt this backgrounder developed for Toronto City Councillors. Download pdf

Protect tenants’ dignity — and their rights
Use this information sheet to ensure you don’t bargain away tenants’ rights in your efforts to address neighbours’ concerns about your development.  Download: Information Sheet – Bottom Lines (PDF)

Consultation Plan Tips – Updated December 2006

Preparing a Community Consultation and Communications Plan for the City of Toronto’s Affordable Housing Office? Wondering where to begin? This info sheet can help get you started.  Download: Consultation Planning Tips – Dec 2006 (Word doc)

Six Steps to a Successful Community Engagement Strategy
This well-tested US strategy, developed through a $7 million HUD grant, has useful lessons for Canadian housing proponents. The tips are based on the research described in Iglesias’ paper (below).  Download: Six Steps to Community Engagement (Word doc)

Worried about new supportive housing in your community?
Use this info sheet to prepare your own answers to questions about supportive housing. Download: Information Sheet – Worried About Supportive Housing? (PDF)

The right to live in the community of one’s choice
Your tenants’ rights under the Charter and Ontario Human Rights Code.  Download: Information Sheet: Human Rights (PDF)

The Cringe Test
Is it discrimination? Use the “cringe test” to find out.  Information Sheet – Cringe Test (PDF)

Sample letter to neighbours
This fictionalized version of a letter and Q&A was sent to neighbours before a Committee of Adjusment hearing.  Download:  True North – Sample (Word doc)