October 5-7th, 2021
10:30am - 12:45pm EST / 4:30pm - 6:45pm CET 
Virtual conference

The Fourth International Housing First Conference: Knowledge Mobilization of Evidence-Based Housing First Practices 

Submit your presentation abstract now! The call for presentations closes July 15, 2021.

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The Fourth International Housing First Conference is a bilingual virtual conference where you will share and learn about evidence-based practices and adaptations of the Pathways Housing First model. There will be workshops, panel discussions, and research symposia that will bring together Housing First program staff and practitioners, people with lived experience, policymakers, and researchers to network and identify needed policy changes. You will also hear from experts on how to link research with practice.


The overall goal is to enhance capacity to implement Housing First programs in Canada and internationally with a high level of fidelity to the Pathways Housing First model. 

This conference provides opportunity for those involved in community mental health and homelessness to:  


Promote knowledge exchange and provide capacity-building opportunities related to the Pathways Housing First model. A critical focus will be on how to implement programs with a high level of fidelity to the model.


Provide opportunities for partnership between researchers and practitioners, policymakers, and people with lived experience of homelessness across Canada and internationally.


Identify needed changes to public policy related to Housing First and potential strategies that can influence public policy.


Provide training and mentoring opportunities for practitioners, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows.

Provide networking opportunities for Housing First stakeholders across Canada and internationally.


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Wondering what to expect from your #internationalhousingfirst experience?
The conference will include keynote presentations, workshops, panels, research symposia, poster sessions, networking opportunities, student mentorships, and more!
The preliminary conference schedule will be available soon!

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Dr. Sam Tsemberis

Dr. Sam Tsemberis is the founder of Pathways Housing First model. 

More to come! 

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Registration link will be coming soon!

Become a sponsor to connect with our 250+ conference attendees! We will recognize sponsors based on their level of support. Your logo will appear on the conference webpage with a link to your organization’s website, in the conference program and on signage at the conference. To discuss a customized sponsorship package, contact EvidenceExchange.Network@camh.ca


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The Ontario Housing First Regional Network Community of Interest helps communities across Ontario to develop, evaluate, and improve Housing First programs based on the Pathways model. This model was tested, adapted, and proven effective in the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s At Home / Chez Soi Demonstration Project. 

This community of interest is co-led by Drs. Tim Aubry and Geoffrey Nelson. It is supported by Evidence Exchange Network (EENet), which is part of the Provincial System Support Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). For more information, visit www.eenet.ca.


Dr. Geoffrey Nelson

Dr. Tim Aubry

Dr. Geoffrey Nelson is a Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University.


Dr. Nelson’s research has focused on community mental health programs for people with serious mental illness, unstable housing, and homelessness. His current research looks at sustainability and knowledge transfer of the Housing First approach for homeless people with mental illness in Canada and is funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

Dr. Tim Aubry is a Professor in the School of Psychology and Senior Researcher at the Centre for Research on Educational and Community Services at the University of Ottawa. He is currently holder of the Faculty of Social Sciences Research Chair in Community Mental Health and Homelessness.

He was a Member of the National Research Team and the Co-Lead of the Moncton site in the Mental Health Commission of Canada's At Home / Chez Soi Demonstration Project. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association and the Society for Community Research and Action (Division 27 of the American Psychological Association). 


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Pathways Housing First

Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness

Housing First Europe Hub



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This conference is supported by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s National Housing Strategy (NHS) Research and Planning Fund.



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