The Homes for Special Care Program was established in 1964 to provide long-term and permanent residential care to persons discharged from Provincial Psychiatric Hospitals (PPH) who require supervision or assistance with activities of daily living. The program encourages community living by offering a housing alternative to institutional care.
With the divestment of the PPHs, beginning in March 1998, more patients were located in the HSC homes. Like the Housing with Supports program, the profile of the resident was and remains today wide and varied. They are adults ranging from psychiatrically diagnosed, dually diagnosed and victims of drug and alcohol abuse.
Homes for Special Care provide an important form of independent community living for a significant number of persons across Ontario. The program places a high value on resident self-determination and quality of living environment for residents.