NEOCH began the Bridging the Gap program in the late 1990s to try to fill the low occupancy rate at CMHA which was in the mid 70% occupied or one quarter of their units that were being paid for by the federal government were vacant. The program transferred to CTO and closed in 2014, but had done its job in getting more people into these units. This also was the focus of CAHA over the last 17 years.
The current waiting list is over 20,000 people. This is crazy since there are only 9,600 total units and more than twice that number waiting. Most are individuals and a high number are between 45 and 60 years old.
All stats were provided by CMHA staff at the December 2015 CAHA meeting. Scott Pollock announced that he will be retiring from CMHA in early 2016. We will miss his steady work to move the group forward and working to heal any distance between the agency and the homeless community.