LONDON, ON – The Prevention of Homelessness Among Families (PHAF) project brings together Lawson Health Research Institute, Western University, City of London, and Mission Services of London, Ontario, to prevent family homelessness.

The goal of the project was to help families avoid homelessness by connecting them with available supports before they appear at the Rotholme Women’s and Family Shelter. A variety of tactics were used to divert families from shelter, such as negotiating with landlords to keep the family in their home or move them into an available unit.

“To keep families in their home we have a ‘whatever it takes approach.’ Once families have left their homes and belongings it is very difficult to escape homelessness,” says Gordon Russell, director of shelters, Mission Services, of London.

The program is supported by funding delivered through the Government of Ontario’s Local Poverty Reduction Fund (LPRF). The grant, funded by the Government of Ontario and administered by its agency the Ontario Trillium Foundation, is helping support those in need in London, Ontario.  

Date: Monday, February 5, 2018

Time: 12:00 pm

Location: Stevenson & Hunt Room, London Public Library, Central Branch, 251 Dundas Street London, Ontario


Lawson Health Research Institute: As the research institute of London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s Health Care London, and working in partnership with Western University, Lawson Health Research Institute is committed to furthering scientific knowledge to advance health care around the world.

For more information, please contact:           

Marek Kubow
Communications & External Relations
Lawson Health Research Institute
519-685-8500 ext. 64059

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