Housing First Symposium from September 18 – 19, 2017

Housing First and Homelessness Prevention
Exploring the Housing First Program and Government Policies that Support It:
A Symposium

September 19, 2017
Richelieu Park, Ottawa, ON

Homelessness has challenged society for countless generations. In Canada, many agencies, governments, and citizens have committed their time and efforts to intervene in homelessness and create solutions to alleviate the suffering of homeless people. Housing First has come to the fore. It is a model which places people in homes without any preconditions. The philosophy of this model dictates that the mental health and addiction issues which destabilize many homeless people stabilize once a person has a stable home of their own. And, when supported properly, previously homeless people see their condition improve even that much more rapidly.

However, despite the overwhelming evidence and political support for Housing First, seeing it to fruition is slow. Our municipalities still rely heavily on emergency shelters to provide services to people that are chronically or episodically homeless, offering support programs through short-term residential programs. Cities often cite a lack affordable housing options in which to place people in Housing First apartments, despite the fact that they often pay more to emergency shelters on a monthly basis than they would to rent individual apartments. Another reason is that funding formulas and policies still favour outdated ways of attending to the needs of the homeless population and need fine-tuning to adapt to funding Housing First directly.Join us September 19th to talk about a better way forward for reducing poverty, preventing and ending chronic homelessness, and promoting Housing First.

September 19, 2017
The symposium will be held from 8:45am to 4:30pm. A light lunch will be served at 12pm.

Housing First Policies (9:15am to 10:30am)
Panelists: TBD,  Moderator: Mathieu Fleury

Homelessness Prevention (10:45am to 12pm)
Panelists: Dr. Erin Dej (York University), Dr. John Sylvestre (University of Ottawa),    Armine Yalnizyan,  Moderator: Kevin Page

Evidence for Housing First (1pm to 2:15pm)
Panelists: Dr. Tim Aubry (University of Ottawa), Dr. Eric Latimer (McGill University),     Dr. Geoff Nelson (Wilfrid Laurier University) , Moderator: Claudette Bradshaw

Housing First in Practice (2:30pm to 3:45pm)
Panelists: Dr. Tim Simboli (Ottawa CMHA), Jamie Rogers (Medicine Hat Community Housing Society), David Gibson (Sandy Hill Community Health Centre), Moderator: TBD

For full speaker bios and for more information, or to buy tickets please see www.housingfirstottawa.com.  You can also follow the symposium on Twitter: https://twitter.com/HFSymposiumYOW.


Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

As production of Overbrook’s very own musical kicks into high gear, here’s your chance to get involved! Don’t miss out!

Calling all actors/singers!

We are looking for more actors and singers to complete the cast!

Auditions for Actors and Singers, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, Wednesday, 13 September, Overbrook Community Centre. 

Registration required: Email info@overbrook.ca, giving us your name, age, phone, address and theatre experience.

Calling all accomplished musicians!

We are looking for musicians to make up a small band with guitar, violin, cello, flute and drums. Those who register to audition need to have band experience and be able to play from chord charts.

Auditions for Musicians, 8:30 to 9:30 pm, Wednesday, 13 September at the Overbrook Community Centre. 

Pre-registration required: Email info@overbrook.ca giving your name, age, phone, address, musical instrument played, and experience.

Calling for behind the scenes help!

If being on stage is not your thing, you can still get involved. We need a front-of-house crew to look after ticket sales and distribution, snacks and drinks, ushering, etc. Backstage work includes set construction, acquisition of props, costuming, hair, make-up and helping with backstage management.

Do you have only a couple of hours to spare? Then perhaps you could help get the word out to everyone in Overbrook by helping distribute flyers on a few streets. Love social media? We have a job for you!

Or maybe you have a skill that we haven’t thought about, something that would add a special touch to the show! Please reach out to us and let us know what you would like to do.

Find out more: Email info@overbrook.ca telling us your interests, skills, available volunteer time.

Calling everyone!

Come to a memorable performance! See and hear aspects of our lives depicted and sung on stage! This is your story, Overbrook!


Tickets will be available closer to show dates. Please check our website in October.