About Us

The CAEH is working toward a Canada without homelessness. We are mobilizing communities to take action and are supporting them to apply proven approaches including Housing First and other related best practices to transform programs, policies and systems toward the goal of ending homelessness.

We’re a leading voice on homelessness in Canada and we work with our partners in the private, public and non-profit sectors to build public and political support for the funding and policy change necessary to help communities achieve their goal of ending homelessness.

The Training and Technical Assistance Program is a mission-based, non-profit training and technical assistance program of the CAEH that provides on the ground training and support to communities and frontline workers.

Our Mission

The mission of the program is to facilitate and accelerate the shift to Housing First and other best practices and ending homelessness in Canada by providing high quality, accessible, affordable, evidence-based training and technical assistance.

The program is built off the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s (MHCC) Housing First Training and Technical Assistance program developed from the At Home/Chez-Soi project – the world’s largest research demonstration project of Housing First, conducted by the MHCC. Since then it has morphed into a full-blown training and technical assistance consultancy.

Our Team

Wally Czech

Director, Training

Wally is a recognized expert and leader in Housing First and ending homelessness with over 15 years’ experience in counselling psychology. Wally joins the CAEH from the City of Lethbridge, Alberta where he was the City’s Housing First Specialist for the past five years.

While at the city Wally was instrumental in the development of the city’s Housing First System of Care, program development for several Housing First programs, providing clinical and operational support to funded projects and leading the development of the city’s Housing First Standards of Practice. Wally has provided consultation and training to several communities in their efforts to develop or enhance their own Housing First models and was a contracted trainer for t3 (Think, Teach, and Transform) from the U.S.

Wally has a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology and has done clinical work for 15 years. Wally is e based out of Lethbridge where he lives with his wife and three children.

Michelle Bilek

TTA Coordinator

Michelle is a long time community advocate and activist for a socially responsible society.  She is a woman with lived experience of poverty and homelessness and this is the foundation of her drive to challenge the status quo.  She dedicates her time on a number of local organizations centring on Poverty Reduction, Homelessness, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Violence Against Women, and Food Security as a board and committee member. She has been a High School Teacher, Psychosocial Educator in Oncology and Geriatrics, Trainer and Facilitator in DEI.  She is has also been a political candidate in 5 election campaigns.  

Michelle has received her education in Psychology and Sociology from McMaster and in Women’s Studies and Gender Studies from York University.  

Michelle believes that a better way can be achieved by creating a society based on inclusion, fairness and equity for all, approaching society with empathy and understanding, and caring for Mother Earth with management for sustainability.  It is a matter of choice.

Jody Yurkowsky Pace

Coordinated Access Trainer

Jody comes to the CAEH TTA with 20 years experience in the non-profit sector working with vulnerable people in Canada, Latvia, and Sweden. Her work with marginalized and homeless youth and adults spans settings from Eastern Europe to Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and, most recently, Victoria, BC. With a background in social work, non-profit leadership and adult education, Jody has a deep passion for social justice and poverty issues and enjoys devoting her time to organizations committed to the inherent dignity of all people. Jody has just relocated from Vancouver Island to Halifax with her daughter and husband. She is excited to fall in love with the Atlantic as much as she has the Pacific and to provide quality CAEH TTA from this new location.

Our Trainers

The Training and Technical Assistance Program delivers expert training through a full-time Director and two trainers with a high level of skill and expertise in multiple areas, as highlighted above. We also carry a contracted faculty of part-time expert trainers who are leaders in their fields and are working in agencies or private practice across Canada. As we work with you to tailor and customize your training needs, we will identify the best trainer option and then have that trainer work with you to finalize logistics and the training delivery.

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The CAEH TTA program is funded in part by the Government of Canada through the Community Capacity and Innovation funding stream of Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy.