Mental health supportive housing relies on municipal-health sector collaboration. It straddles the Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) mandate of coordinating integrated local health systems and the municipal responsibility for local housing and homelessness initiatives.
In recent years, municipalities and LHINs have initiated collaborative work to address the overlap of their roles in supportive housing. However, the ongoing transformation of Ontario’s health system presents obstacles for sustaining this collaboration. Sector reorganization can cause uncertainty about responsibilities and disruptions to collaborative projects.
This project explores case studies of municipal-health collaboration in supportive housing in Toronto and captures the strengths and challenges experienced by collaborators. Learnings from these case studies can inform supportive housing collaboration under new coordination structures.