Transitional Housing Mission & History
TRANSITIONAL HOUSING PROGRAM REPORT
The Transitional Housing Program provides 20 self-contained, temporary housing that is partially furnished shelter clients who are working towards permanent housing solutions. All units were full year-round with 4 tenants moving out into better conditions over the past year.
The Transitional Housing Units overlook The Men’s Hostel at 973 Lansdowne. Applicants to the Transitional Housing Program have spent at least three months in the hostel and are following a case plan, which includes searching for suitable housing, with a case management worker. Tenants in the past year are struggling to overcome difficult life circumstances that include mental illness, addictions, newcomer and refugee status, contact with the law, lack of education and lack of employable skills. They have been able to envision and work towards improving their life circumstances, which would allow them to make valuable contributions to our community, by gaining access to the following opportunities offered by the Transitional Housing program;
Tenancy regulated by the Landlord and Tenant Residency Act and SHRA (RGI).
- An affordable meal program
- Laundry facilities, telephone, internet, and giant screen t.v. in the community room
- Supportive case workers
- Educational & Skill-Development workshops
- Job Search Resources
- Community Projects
- Holiday Celebrations
The Transitional Housing Program offered educational and skill-development workshops in 2005/6 that focused on money management, job searching, goal setting and other key skills required in becoming self-sufficient. Workshops were included in each tenant’s plan to develop responsibility and encourage the experience of knowledge as a powerful tool in positive life change.