Mental Health & Substance Use Supported Housing (MHSUSH)

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If there is an urgent safety concern, please call 9-1-1 or go to emergency at your nearest hospital.

Suicide hotline: 1-800-784-2433

Call BC Crisis Line: 604-310-6789

Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868

KUU-US Crisis Support Line (BC Wide Indigenous Toll Free Crisis and Support Line): 1-800-588-8717

Mental Health and Substance Use Supported Housing (MHSUSH) assess and refer eligible people to mental health-funded housing. MHSUSH will assist homeless and precariously housed individuals with mental health, substance use, and behavioural issues to identify supported housing that meets their care needs.

Each placement considers the client’s diagnosis and support needs, as well as the overall cultural milieu of the prospective building/environment. Mental Health and Substance Use Supported Housing can also assist a person's transitions inside and support them in mitigating evictions. 


Contracted housing service providers operate housing. There are several types of housing models available:

  • Step-down Unit
  • Medical respite in the shelter
  • 24-hour Licensed Care Facility
  • Group homes
  • Enhanced supported apartment blocks
  • Staff supported apartments blocks
  • Supported Independent Living Program
  • Enhanced Supported Independent Living
  • Complex Care Housing and Enhanced Low Barrier
  • Low barrier Housing

We work with: 

  • VCH Mental Health & Substance Use Teams
  • Housing Service Providers
  • Clients and Family
  • Acute and Tertiary Services
  • BC Housing
  • Local governments
  • Forensics

For more information, contact:

Mental Health & Substance Use Supported Housing
Tel:  (604) 675-3898

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