The purpose of this project is to support the Recipient, in partnership with the John Howard Society of Ottawa and the Elizabeth Fry Society, to provide transitional housing to homeless men and women involved in the Ottawa Drug Treatment Court as well as providing support for transition from these residences into mainstream housing. This will assist in reducing recidivism of Ottawa Drug Treatment Court participants by providing transitional housing and supervision during the critical transition period after release from custody and allow them to avoid the shelter system while awaiting access to other resources. It also supports the three primary goals of the Ottawa Drug Treatment Court of extinguishing drug and alcohol taking behaviour, eliminating criminal recidivism, and improving quality of life.
In addition, this project will also assist the Canadian Association of Drug Treatment Courts (CADTC) to hold a Roundtable in Vancouver, British Columbia, in November 2007. The Roundtable is designed to build knowledge and awareness and share best practices among criminal justice, health and social services practitioners about the Drug Treatment Courts.