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.

Community Impact

Supportive and affordable housing is not only good housing, it’s a good neighbour. Research shows the people with the fewest fears about supportive housing are often those who live closest to it.

We Are Neighbours (May, 2008)
This University of Toronto-led study demonstrates that supportive housing for people with mental illness blends into the community.

What is the impact of supportive housing on local crime rates?
This 2002 study — one of the very few of its kind — showed supportive housing did not increase crime, regardless of who was housed.  

Healthier communities – link to summary.
Pennsylvania study of 300 supportive housing units in 9 developments shows positive community impact and significant decrease in tenants’ use of Medicaid-funded services.

What do the Neigthbours Think Now?
Interviews with 75 neighbours of supportive housing in Long Island, New York show attitudes can change from intense opposition to support once tenants move in. 97% of neighbours report they “never had a problem” with supportive housing tenants.

Leger Poll: Homelessness in Toronto: Public Attitudes (2005, PDF)
Eight in ten GTA residents say homelessness should be a local government priority; 68% would support a homeless shelter in their neighbourhood.

Ekos studies perceptions about non-profit housing in Toronto, Ottawa, North Bay.
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The impact of correctional group homes on property values, crime and attitudes in Toronto, Ottawa and London.
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Group home neighbours have fewer fears than other residents.
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Toronto supportive housing has low impact on neighbourhood.
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