The Co-operators Supports Research into Homelessness and Mental Illness

en fran�ais

MONTREAL, July 6 2010 – A ground-breaking national research project studying the most effective way to provide housing and services to people living with mental illness and homelessness has expanded to Montreal. The Co-operators is now providing tenant’s insurance to participants in the study in Montreal, as it has been doing in Moncton, Vancouver and Winnipeg since the program launched in these cities.

At Home is a research project of the Mental Health Commission of Canada. It focuses on first providing homeless individuals with a place to live, then providing other support they require, including maintaining their home, completing day-to-day tasks and pursuing education, volunteer or employment opportunities. Their experiences will be compared with those of other individuals who will receive the services currently available in their respective cities, to determine which approach is most effective and efficient.

“This research will produce valuable findings that could help inform better public policy decisions and approaches to homelessness and mental illness in Canada and beyond,” said Kathy Bardswick, president and CEO of The Co-operators. “The whole study relies on a group of homeless people getting apartments, but this can prove challenging. Providing them with tenant’s insurance can alleviate concerns of landlords, and help the participants in securing housing.”

The Co-operators has been supporting the study in this way since it was launched in November 2009. It is in line with Community Guard, the organization’s insurance solution tailored to meet the needs and support the work of Canada’s voluntary/non-profit sector.

The Mental Health Commission of Canada is a non-profit organization that received $110 million from the federal government in 2008 to find better ways to help Canadians who are homeless and suffer from mental illness. At Home is being carried out in five cities across Canada: Moncton, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Winnipeg, with each city focusing on a different target population.

About The Co-operators

The Co-operators Group Limited is a 100 per cent Canadian-owned co-operative with more than $36.9 billion in assets under administration. Through its group of companies, it offers home, auto, life, group, travel, commercial and farm insurance, as well as investment products. The Co-operators is owned by 47 Canadian co-operatives, credit union centrals and like-minded organizations. It is well known for its community involvement, and is listed among the 50 Best Employers in Canada. www.cooperators.ca.


Co-operators appuie la recherche sur les sans-abri atteints d’une maladie mentale

English

MONTR�AL, le 6 juill. 2010 – Un projet national de recherche audacieux sur la fa�on la plus efficace de fournir un logement et un soutien aux personnes souffrant de maladie mentale et d’itin�rance a �t� mis en �uvre � Montr�al. Co-operators offre maintenant une assurance des locataires aux personnes qui participent � ce projet � Montr�al, tout comme elle l’a d�j� fait depuis le lancement du m�me projet dans les villes de Moncton, Vancouver et Winnipeg.

Le projet Chez Soi vise d’abord � fournir un logement � des personnes sans-abri, � leur offrir les services dont ils ont besoin, notamment pour les aider � entretenir leur logement, � accomplir des t�ches quotidiennes et � saisir des occasions de formation, de b�n�volat ou d’emploi. Leur exp�rience sera compar�e � celle des autres personnes qui b�n�ficient des services dispens�s dans leur ville respective, l’objectif �tant de faire ressortir l’approche la plus efficace.

“Cette recherche permettra de d�gager des r�sultats qui pourraient avoir une influence sur les d�cisions politiques et la fa�on d’aborder les probl�mes d’itin�rance et de sant� mentale au Canada et ailleurs dans le monde”, d�clare Kathy Bardswick, pr�sidente et chef de la direction de Co-operators. “Toute l’�tude repose sur un groupe de sans-abri � qui l’on offre un logement, mais le projet peut repr�senter un v�ritable d�fi. L’assurance locataire peut estomper certaines pr�occupations des propri�taires tout en permettant aux participants de trouver un logement.”

Co-operators appuie cette �tude depuis le lancement du projet en novembre 2009. Cette participation s’inscrit dans l’esprit de son produit sp�cialis� pour les organismes � but non lucratif, dont l’objectif est de proposer des solutions d’assurance pour r�pondre aux besoins et soutenir le travail des entreprises du secteur b�n�vole sans but lucratif au Canada.

La Commission de la sant� mentale du Canada est un organisme sans but lucratif qui a re�u une subvention de 110 millions de dollars du gouvernement f�d�ral en 2008 afin de trouver les meilleures fa�ons d’aider les Canadiens qui sont sans abri et qui souffrent d’une maladie mentale. Le projet Chez Soi a �t� mis en �uvre � Moncton, Montr�al, Toronto, Vancouver et Winnipeg. Chacune de ces villes canadiennes se concentre sur une population cible diff�rente.

� propos de Co-operators

Le Groupe Co-operators limit�e est une coop�rative enti�rement canadienne qui g�re des actifs de plus de 36,9 milliards de dollars. Par l’entremise de son groupe de soci�t�s, Co-operators offre de l’assurance habitation, automobile, vie, collective, voyage, entreprise et agricole, ainsi que des produits de placement. Co-operators appartient � des caisses populaires, caisses de cr�dit et autres organismes canadiens � vocation semblable. Co-operators est reconnue pour son engagement envers les collectivit�s et figure sur la liste des 50 employeurs de choix au Canada. www.cooperators.ca.