The Ontario government announced on March 14, 2016 that it will be introducing legislative and policy measures along with new investments to ensure that people have access to affordable and adequate housing.

Yes there are budget limits but where is the increased funding to the sector. Policing and criminalization of the homeless of which people with mental illness are a substantial group, has gone up, according to a CBC radio interview of March 15th, 2016. It costs more to police than to provide adequate services.. So where are the priorities? Mental illnesses and addictions in Ontario is more than 1.5 times the burden of all cancers, and seven times the burden of all infectious diseases. But mental health is not funded anywhere close to physical health. Not only does this increase stigma, it has a dramatic impact on the lives of those we serve. Evidence shows there would be cost savings to the government by adequate mental health and addictions funding.

Supportive housing is among the most vital supports in the recovery process. Let’s try and focus on that and help people recover their dignity and hope.