Our First Year of Providing Harm Reduction Housing

Our First Year of Providing Harm Reduction Housing

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In a partnership with Hamilton City Housing, Grenfell has designed a peer based, peer led, transitional living shelter program.

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In a partnership we facilitated with Hamilton City Housing, Grenfell has designed a peer based, peer led, transitional living shelter program inside Vanier Towers. Vanier Towers, a combination of two subsidized housing buildings in Hamilton Ontario has begun putting in supports, programming and mental health services for folk living in their units. A community hub was created, where on site at Vanier Towers there are Social Workers, Housing Support Workers, Ontario Disability Support Program and Ontario Works workers, Shelter Health Network partnership to bring medical services into the building and a meal program run by a partnership with Wesley.

The Vanier Towers Community Hub and this has provided us with the opportunity to secure four bachelor units under a head lease at market rent for $559 a month. These units are specifically for COACH program participants, to access this housing program you must enter one of the avenues in COACH, the Substance Use Management program or the Connections in Corrections are avenues to access this Transitional Living Program.

Our units operate from a harm reduction and trauma-informed framework. We do not penalize, or service restrict program participants simply because they use substances. We work closely with program participants to help them develop the skills necessary to achieve and maintain long-term housing. Each program participant co-creates their discharge date within reason and is assigned a full-time team member to help facilitate their housing journey.

Supportive Housing Program

Continuing our partnership with Hamilton City Housing, Grenfell has designed a peer based, peer led, Supportive Housing Program inside Vanier Towers. Vanier Towers, a combination of two subsidized housing buildings in Hamilton Ontario has begun putting in supports, programming and mental health services for folk living in their units. A community hub was created, where on site at Vanier Towers there are Social Workers, Housing Support Workers, Ontario Disability Support Program and Ontario Works workers, Shelter Health Network partnership to bring medical services into the building and a meal program run by a partnership with Wesley.

In our 2 supportive housing units, we operate from a harm reduction and trauma-informed framework. We do not penalize, or service restrict program participants simply because they use substances. Our supportive housing units are specific, one person to a unit bachelor’s with supportive care. Folk in this program are specific to those who struggle with schizophrenia, and referrals are accepted through our COACH program avenues.

This project is partially funded by a contribution from Health Canada's Substance Use and Addictions Program (SUAP) the views herein do not necessarily represent the views of Health Canada.

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