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May 26, 2016 – The Housing Task Force has selected six new projects that will receive a total of $2.13M in funding over two years.

The community-based projects will provide creative, inclusive and cost-effective housing solutions for adults with developmental disabilities.

About the Housing Task Force

The Developmental Services Housing Task Force is the first ever cross-sector Task Force to tackle housing issues specifically for adults with developmental disabilities.

The task force is chaired by Ron Pruessen (PDF), who has been actively involved in advocacy and organizing work in the developmental services sector for more than 15 years.

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Selected projects – 2016, second proposal call

The six recommended projects below were approved in May 2016 for funding totaling an investment of $2.13 million over two years.

Funding recipient Project

“A Devine Life”- Community Partners Initiative – Lambton County Developmental Services

Lambton County Developmental Services will partner with Habitat for Humanity and Circles – County of Lambton Social Planning and Program Support/Lambton College to provide affordable housing for two people.

This project focuses on person-directed planning and promotes independence by giving people a home in the community of their choice. It also promotes community inclusion and awareness by providing community supports through the combined partnerships between the participants, their families and partner organizations,

Funding for this project will total up to $94,360 over two years.

Developmental Service Worker Co-operative Development Project – Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology

In partnership with United Families of Eastern Ontario and LiveWorkPlay, this project will tackle the need for support services for people who want to:

  • live independently
  • increase the number of professionally trained Developmental Service Workers in the community that families could hire directly
Funding for this project will total up to $95,291 over two years.

Just Enough Support: Living in the Haven in Barrhaven and Deschatelets Old Ottawa East – LiveWorkPlay

Along with partners Multifaith Housing Initiative, Centretown Citizens Ottawa Corporation and The Mills Community Support, this initiative will support 12 people moving into one-bedroom apartments.

The project will provide training to individuals and their families/support networks to create and apply community-based support plans. Supportive neighbors and advocates will also help to build an inclusive community.

Funding will total up to $231,600 over two years.

Passage vers mon propre toit (Moving To A Place of My Own) – Coalition des familles francophones d’Ottawa (CFFO)

This project will create a self-evaluation and lessons learned tool to help parents, guardians and stakeholders:

  • reduce administrative work
  • define individualized housing solutions and practical support requirements for five people

Partners are Coalition des familles francophones d’Ottawa and Association pour l’intégration sociale d’Ottawa (AISO).

Funding will total up to $454,638 over two years.

Smart Support-Technology Enabled Services – Community Living Essex County

This project will equip living spaces with innovative, technology-enabled services for people with developmental disabilities. There will be customized services according to individual’s lifestyles, needs and available resources.

The project is based on a successful pilot conducted in Boulder, Colorado and is being done in collaboration with Onsite Services, Imagine! Smart Home and the University of Windsor.

Funding will total up to $278,800 over two years.

Why Wait – York Region Lifetime Independent Facilitation

This initiative is being conducted in partnership with Montage Support Services and York Support Services Network.

The project will support eight individuals in four unique housing models. It includes a learning and collaborative series conducted by an independent facilitator and a number of developmental services agencies to support families’ plans for the future.

Funding will total up to $977,561 over two years.

Selected projects – 2015, first proposal call

The 12 recommended projects below were approved in early 2015 for funding totaling an investment of $3.47 million over two years.

Funding recipient Project

Bridges to Housing – City of Toronto

This demonstration project will provide housing for homeless individuals with developmental disabilities who may also have other behavioural and mental health needs. This project would help this underserviced group access supportive, individual housing solutions where no program currently exists. Funding would be used for staffing costs and community-based treatment and supports. Partners with the City of Toronto include Community Living Toronto and InnerCity Family Health Team. Funding for this project is up to $964,736 over two years.

Community Hub Residential Model – Community Living Campbellford/Brighton

In collaboration with the Campbellford Memorial Hospital, staff in a centralized hub will provide supports to aging individuals with developmental disabilities in the surrounding rural areas to support their continued independent living. Additional funding will be accessed through the Geriatric Assessment Intervention Network and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Funding for this project is up to $398,973 over two years.

Continuing Housing Innovation in Windsor-Essex County – Windsor-Essex Innovative Housing Project Advisory Group

 

The project will provide funding to support new residential arrangements for adults with complex needs. This creative partnership includes The City of Windsor, Community Living Windsor, Windsor-Essex Brokerage for Personal Supports and the Windsor-Essex Family Network. Funding for this project is up to $870,888 over two years.

Habitat for Humanity Heartland Project – Community Living North Perth

This is a first-ever partnership between Habitat for Humanity and Community Living North Perth to create an affordable housing option for adults with developmental disabilities with low incomes. Habitat for Humanity will build a semi-detached house, with project funding used for staffing to provide the individuals with sufficient supports to live independently in their new home. Funding for this project is up to $60,000 over two years.

The Beat Goes On – Partners for Planning (Toronto)

 

Partners for Planning has developed a detailed long-term plan for an individual with complex developmental and medical needs to live in a self-contained area in a family home. The plan is a partnership between support workers, agencies, family members and government to provide the necessary supports for the individual to live and participate in the community. Funding for this project is up to $99,910 over two years.

Housing is a Community Issue – Durham Association for Family Respite Services (Durham Region/Leeds and Grenville County)

In this unique collaboration, a dedicated housing coordinator will help a number of families use typical community resources (e.g., banks, realtors) to find and secure the kind of housing that would best suit the person with the developmental disability, recognizing the family resources available and calling on personal networks for ideas and connections. Learnings will be shared with other families and agencies. Partners include Brockville Association for Community Involvement, Community Involvement Legacy Homes and Intentionally Built Community. Funding for this project is up to $266,387 over two years.

Housing Trust Project Citizen Advocacy Ottawa

Partnering with Families Matter Cooperative, Citizen Advocacy Ottawa will examine how aging parents of individuals with developmental disabilities can develop housing trusts for homeownership and property management. This project responds to the need for information on how to bequeath homes to adult children with developmental disabilities. Funding for this project is up to $30,000 over two years.

Imaginative Living Options Community Living Brant (Brantford)

Partnering with the City of Brantford Housing Department, this project will look at how to best use existing resources in a variety of non-traditional ways, such as matching a senior living alone with someone with a developmental disability. Funding for this project is up to $212,417 over two years.

Intensive Individualized Support Project – Montage Support Services (Toronto)

This project would explore housing options for individuals with complex behavioural/mental health needs. Montage Support Services will partner with Family Service Toronto to provide a residential support arrangement that gives those involved emotional support as well as building their daily living skills and routines. Funding for this project is up to $151,546 over two years.

Neighbourly Homes Community Living St. Marys and Area

In partnership with the City of Stratford, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and Habitat for Humanity, this project will introduce a “supportive neighbour” who monitors and supports an individual with a developmental disability on a 24/7 basis helping them to continue living as independently as possible in their own home. The supportive neighbour receives affordable housing and a small per diem amount in exchange for providing support. Funding for this project is up to $84,900 over two years.

Person-directed Facilitator Project – Lanark County Support Services (Smiths Falls)

Lanark County Support Services will partner with Developmental Support Services, Lanark County and Lanark County Social Housing to provide residential supports to adults with developmental disabilities with complex medical needs. The individuals will each live in their own units within an existing building. A supportive tenant will live in the building and a full-time community support facilitator will support them in the community. Funding for this project is up to $143,000 over two years.

Peterborough Transition-Aged Youth Transitional Housing Pilot Project – Canadian Mental Health Association

Every year, approximately 1,000 children with a developmental disability turn 18 years old. This demonstration project will provide young adults the opportunity to learn daily living skills such as cooking and banking, so they are equipped to live more independently in their community. Partners include Community Living organizations in Peterborough, Haliburton and Kawartha Lakes. Funding for this project is up to $188,800 over two years.