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Housing

A comprehensive housing program including supported congregate settings, supportive housing and homelessness program, housing resources and short-term residential crisis services (in partnership with Crisis Intervention Centre).

Congregate Settings

AMHS-HPE owns and operates two five-bed minimum-support congregate settings. The supports and services offered are:  life and living skills geared toward independent living; supportive counselling; and the development of interpersonal relationships.

The group homes are:

  • Funded by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, Housing Programs Branch
  • Staffed ~3.5 hours per day 5 days per week
  • Rent Geared to Income

Supportive Housing and Homelessness Program

Under the Homelessness Phase II (HP II) Umbrella, AMHS-HPE provides assistance to accessible, affordable housing, makes appropriate housing more affordable with rental subsidies, and provides necessary supports to maintain accommodation.

Court Diversion (CD) Enhancement adds a supportive housing component to the court program. This program provides the client with intensive case management, as well as a liaison with landlords and property managers.  Other services include housing coordination, head-leased apartments and rental subsidies.  A low client-to-staff ratio and rental subsidies are maintained for individuals involved in the CD Enhancement program.

Housing Resource and Coordination

AMHS-HPE offers a variety of supports and services to clients related to housing.  The Housing Coordinator maintains regular contact with existing and potential landlords.  He/She also provides one-on-one assistance to secure housing and negotiate directly with landlords on behalf of clients.  This extends to liaising with utilities, income support, etc.  Housing resources/listings are provided to individuals with a SMI, and these individuals are also guided to self-resolve any housing issues/needs.

The Housing Coordinator Provides:

  • Assistance to find and secure housing in community of choice – serves all of HPE
  • Assistance to arrange move, organize utilities
  • Liaise with landlords, income sources
  • Provide information regarding Residential Tenancy Act
  • Provide resources and support to self-resolve

Referrals are received from various sources – primarily Quinte Healthcare, Sills 5, Central Intake/Crisis and internally.

Short-Term Residential Crisis Services (SRCS) Program

In collaboration with the Crisis Intervention Centre (CIC), AMHS-HPE provides short-term, residential crisis services in the community as an alternative to custody.  Individuals served have come into contact with the law and:

  • are at risk of being charged by the police, or
  • have been charged by the police, or
  • have been sentenced and whose offence is considered low risk, and
  • whose mental illness can be appropriately managed through community services.

AMHS-HPE immediately can respond to these situations by providing short-term residential accommodations, supportive counselling, assistance to attend appointments, system coordination and navigation, and outplacement services as required.

Court Diversion (CD) Enhancement adds a supportive housing component to the court program.  This program provides the client with intensive case management, as well as a liaison with landlords and property managers.  Other services include housing coordination, head-leased apartments and rental subsidies.  A low client-to-staff ratio and rental subsidies are maintained for individuals involved in the CD Enhancement program.

HOW TO MAKE A REFERRAL:

Please call 310-OPEN  (310-6736) to speak to an intake counsellor.  310-OPEN is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.