Finding safe, affordable housing is one of the biggest challenges people staying at The Ottawa Mission face.
Finding a place to stay beyond the shelter
In 2015, we helped 185 people find a place to call home, made possible by your charitable giving. Men can stay at The Ottawa Mission’s shelter as long as they need to – but our goal is to help them find housing and return to independent living as quickly as possible. Our Housing Diversion Case Managers help people new to the shelter quickly connect with affordable and appropriate housing options. Others on the housing support services team help out shelter residents that require more support, and possibly supportive housing. If subsidized housing is required, we assist with all of the necessary paperwork. Our staff also often help clients move into their new home, including gathering necessary items like beds, sheets, small pieces of furniture and dishes.
Holland Properties Association
In 2009, The Ottawa Mission helped create a new non-profit housing agency called Holland Properties Association (HPA), which is committed to providing safe, affordable housing for its tenants. HPA purchased a 36-unit apartment building in the community with the goal of having a mixed housing model, combining market rental apartment units with subsidized units available to individuals that have completed programs at The Ottawa Mission. At the end of 2015, there were 12 people living in the apartment building who had completed programs at The Mission and now have a place to call home. People always ask what are the best charities to donate to, and while there are many choices, The Ottawa Mission puts every dollar it can into programs like these.
The success of our programs is reflected in the success of those we serve. Just ask Peter.
Peter was homeless and disconnected from his family when he arrived at The Mission two years ago. During his time here, he received medical attention and counseling, and he continues to take high school classes at the Stepping Stones Learning Centre. We were able to help Peter find safe, affordable housing, and he has been living on his own for over a year. He recently reconnected with his family and they are amazed at how he has turned his life around.
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