Transitions to Home (T2H) Study
Transitions to Home Study
Transitions to Home (T2H) is a Housing First program. Housing First is an evidence-based intervention model designed to quickly rehouse people experiencing long-term or multiple occurrences of homelessness. Participants are provided with access to treatment and therapeutic supports if they want, but Housing First doesn’t require that they access treatment prior to being housed or comply with treatment to maintain their housing.
Housing First is based on the theory that stable housing is an important determinant of health and wellbeing. With housing in place first, people will be better able to cope with and resolve mental health and addiction issues and work toward achieving other personal goals.
To find out about the impact the Transitions to Home (T2H) Program was having in Hamilton, we asked people who had experienced long-term homelessness to talk about their experiences. We also talked to the T2H case management team and senior social services workers in the city, and analyzed data from T2H’s case management database and Hamilton’s Homeless Individuals and Families Information System (HIFIS). The study lasted one year.
Julia Woodhall-Melnik: Woodhallmelj [at] smh [dot] ca