The True Experience Supportive Housing Program is a client centered program which began in 1981. It is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.
We operate a seven bed transitional/congregate living residence named “Opportunity House”, and apart from offering affordable housing, also focuses on teaching activities of daily living, personal budget management and involvement in the decision making process. The Supportive Housing Program also offers supports to clients living independently in the community.
EXISTING CLIENT SERVICES
The True Experience Supportive Housing Program provides:
INTAKE AND ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
- Medium support accommodation
- Assistance and support to the resident in attaining his/her optimum level of functioning
- Assistance to resident in preparing for independent living in the community
- Promotion of effective use of leisure time through development of social and recreational skills
- Encouragement to the resident to develop wellness strategies (medication compliance, healthy lifestyle choices)
- Encouragement to resident to increase involvement in work activities, continuation of education and/or volunteerism
- Advocacy for resident with landlords and other community services
- Limited crisis intervention (medical, psychiatric, situational)
- Family education and support
- Community outreach and education
BENEFITS FOR THE CLIENT / RESIDENT
- 17 years of age and over, with a diagnosis of mental illness
- Demonstrated means of income, i.e. Ontario Disability Support Program, Canada Pension Plan (Disability), Ontario Works, Children’s Aid Society support
- Referrals from other Mental Health agencies, Clergy, Family Doctor, Family members, Hospitals, other community resources
- Completion of “Application for Service” and “Consent to Disclose Personal Health Information"
- Interview with Supportive Housing staff and other residents
- Voluntary participation in program
CLIENT / RESIDENT RESPONSIBILITIES
- 100% Rent Geared to Income
- Community integration/re-integration
- Non-institutionalized program and facility, a “home”, not just a house
- Socialization, Recreational activities
- On-going staff support
- Increased sense of belonging to a greater community
- Peer involvement and support
- Extended family atmosphere – caring, sharing, concerns
- Reduction of stigma associated with mental illness
- Willingness to voluntarily participate in Supportive Housing Program and meaningful activities
- Desire to learn new skills and enhance present skill levels
- Fully participate in their recovery and well-being which includes following medical/psychiatrist prescribed medication regimen as an essential component in reducing re-hospitalizations and psychiatric episodes
- Ready to accept being socially, personally and financially responsible and accountable
- Being involved in the daily decision making process, and becoming empowered
|WHAT PEOPLE HAVE TO SAY...
“I feel this is a highly effective program which should be in every community. Love the program.” - Anonymous
||Funding for True Experience Supportive Housing and Community Work Program has been provided by the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant (HNHB) Local Health Integration Network (LHIN).