The Quebec Homelessness Prevention Policy Collaborative launches its website

Founded through a joint partnership between the McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy (IHSP) and the Old Brewery Mission, The Quebec Homelessness Prevention Policy Collaborative (Q-HPPC) has launched a website focused on homelessness prevention.


Right now, over 5,700 men and women in Quebec are experiencing homelessness. And the COVID-19 pandemic and current housing shortage have increased the predicament of people already living in a precarious situation. The Q-HPPC aims to suggest policy options that will result in fewer people entering or re-entering homelessness.

Its vision is that of a Quebec where all citizens have a safe, affordable and decent place to call home, along with the means to sustain the necessities of life.


While factors that lead people to homelessness are well understood in Quebec, interventions from governments and public services to prevent homelessness are still limited. The Q-HPPC urges public institutions to set policy reform. To do so, the Q-HPPC has brought together members from academic, government, and civil society institutions to develop evidence-based policy options.

The new website provides users with more information about the Q-HPPC as well as a variety of news, articles and other resources on homelessness prevention.

Visit the new Website


Q-HPPC will host its first virtual conference on homelessness prevention on February 16, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Researchers and thought leaders in the field, including Stephen Gaetz, Marybeth Shinn, and Saija Turunen will discuss new approaches to preventing homelessness in Quebec. The conference is free of charge and open to all. The event will be in English with simultaneous French translation.

Register here


10:00-10:15     Welcome & Introduction

James Hughes: President & CEO, Old Brewery Mission; Q-HPPC Co-Chair

Eric Latimer:     Research Scientist, Douglas Mental Health University Institute; Professor, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University; Q-HPPC Co-Chair


10:15-11:15     Keynote Panel: The Promise of Prevention in Homelessness: Why is it important? How do we go about it? – Cross-National Perspectives

Stephen Gaetz: York Research Chair in Homelessness and Research Impact, York University and President, Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub 

Marybeth Shinn:  Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair and Professor, Department of Human and
 Organizational Development, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

Saija Turunen:      Research Manager, Y-Foundation; Co-Lead, research work cluster of the Housing First Europe Hub, Finland


11:15-11:20     Break/Transition


11:20-12:00     Simultaneous Discussion Groups

1. Preventing homelessness upon release from prison (French with translation)

Session Leads:  Art Campbell, Regional Director, Reintegration and Social Inclusion, The YMCA of QC 

Anne Crocker, Director, Research and Teaching, Institut national de psychiatrie légale Philippe-Pinel; Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Addictology, Université de Montréal


2. Preventing homelessness following domestic violence (English with translation)

Session Leads: Pearl Eliadis, Human rights lawyer; Associate Professor (Professional) Max Bell School of Public Policy, McGill University

Melpa Kamateros, Executive Director, Shield of Athena Family Services


12:00-12:05     Break/Transition


12:05-12:45     Simultaneous Discussion Groups

1.Preventing homelessness caused by mental health issues (mostly French with no translation)

Session Leads: Eric Latimer; Jessica Soto, Coordinator of Clinical Services, Diogène


2.Preventing Youth Homelessness (French with translation)

Session Leads: Cécile Arbaud, Executive Director, Dans la rue

Christine Stich, Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology, McGill


3.Preventing Homelessness Among Immigrants and Refugees (English with translation)

Session Lead: Jill Hanley, Associate Professor, McGill School of Social Work 


12:45-12:50    Break/Transition


12:50-13:00     Conclusion

James Hughes and Eric Latimer