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Mental Health & Justice Supportive Housing

The Mental Health & Justice Supportive Housing Program provides rent-subsidized housing and support to people with mental illness who are homeless and are involved, or are at significant risk of involvement with the justice system. Tenants of this program occupy individual apartment units in locations throughout Scarborough and North York.

Services Offered

Cota provides housing support to tenants through scheduled individual visits and coordinated group activities.

Our Mental Health & Justice Supportive Housing staff work collaboratively with tenants, their families, landlords and other service providers, as appropriate, to assist tenants to:

  •     Develop an individual safety and housing support plan
  •     Maintain their housing stability and a healthy housing environment
  •     Acquire and/or maintain the skills necessary for daily living
  •     Participate in health promotion and community development activities such as tenant meetings, structured educational events and social activities
  •     Resolve situational problems/disputes
  •     Link to other desired community services/supports, as needed
  •     Achieve/maintain optimum health and wellness
  •     Pursue personal recovery.

Services Available To

Men and women who are 16 years of age or older and are:

  •     Living with serious mental illness;
  •     Actively involved with the justice system or are at significant risk of becoming involved with the justice system;
  •     Experiencing homelessness, or are at significant risk of becoming homeless;
  •     Assessed as being able to be safely supported by the program, given the limitations of our resources; and
  •     Applicants must also have some available means of financial support such as the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) or Ontario Works (OW).


Apartments units throughout Scarborough and North York.

To Make a Referral

Note: Referrals to this program are only accepted from designated priority referral sources which include Mental Health Court Support Services, police, probation/parole services, CAMH – LAMH Program, Ontario Shores' Centre for Mental Health Sciences and other designated Mental Health & Justice funded services. Where appropriate, these agencies can make a referral by contacting The Mental Health & Justice Initiative at 416-757-6454 (MHJI) or by accessing an application form at

This program is funded by the Central Local Health Integration Network.

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