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Supportive Housing

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Some seniors’ rental apartment buildings offer something called ‘supportive housing services’. This means that, if required, minimal to moderate care through personal support (which may include daily visits/check-ins, bathing and dressing, assistance with shopping, meals and transportation) and/or homemaking services is available to residents. There is usually a contract that details the care arrangement between the service provider and the resident (the owner of the unit is usually different from the service provider). Apartments with this option may make it possible for a senior to remain at home independently longer than they would in an apartment without supportive housing services available. In some instances, this type of service is offered in a setting adjacent or connected to another type of care/seniors’ home, which allows residents to utilize some of the services or amenities in the adjoining residence.

Personal support and homemaking services coordinated through the LHIN are usually not available to residents of these buildings if those services are available within the building. The ownership, operation, funding base and administration of monies for such structures varies and may come from municipal governments, the LHINs, the Ministry of Housing or a not-for-profit organization such as a church/faith-based organization, seniors’ organization or cultural group. As a result, accommodation, care requirements, service providers, building amenities, on-site services such as personal care and homemaking, subsidies and cost factors may differ from one residence to another. Rental costs are based on market rates; however, some may have subsidies available for eligible applicants. There is usually a waiting list for entry into these buildings. The Residential Tenancies Act governs the housing portion of the accommodation. If there is a specific building you are interested in finding out about, contact them directly to inquire about the application process, waiting list for service and amount of care available.

There does not appear to be one all-encompassing list of all supportive housing settings in Ontario but there are several ways to locate something in your community.  You may wish to contact your local LHIN, community support agency or local housing authority to ask if they have information about supportive housing complexes or providers in your area. The Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association website (www.onpha.on.ca) contains contact details on region-specific access centres that can provide information or applications for non-profit housing complexes/services in Ontario (click on “Looking for Housing?” on their home page). AdvantAge Ontario’s website (www.advantageontario.ca) contains listings of members of their organization by area, which includes those that offer “Seniors’ Housing” (click on your region on the map on the Find A Location Page under the Contact tab at the top of their website). A quick search of the internet will reveal several additional websites detailing specific information about social/non-profit housing and supportive housing for seniors throughout the province. 

Esther Goldstein, B.Sc., B.S.W., RSW


 

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