Supportive housing programs provide seniors, adults with physical or cognitive disabilities, mental health issues, HIV/AIDS and other conditions, living independently with some supports in more shared accommodation settings in specially designed units, such as houses or apartments.
Supportive housing buildings are owned and operated by not-for-profit corporations like municipal governments, housing cooperatives or non-profit groups including faith groups, seniors’ organizations, service clubs, cultural groups and service providers. In most cases, the rent charged is based on ability to pay, or the market level rent is subsidized through the Ministry of Housing.
Through the Ministry of Health, personal support is provided on-site, with staff available to respond 24 hours a day. Some benefits for those living in supportive housing include:
- assistance with personal care
- light housekeeping and laundry
- medication reminders
- safety checks
- light meal preparation
- wellness/health promotion activities and education
- referral to community resources and assistance navigating the health care system
Your care coordinator will work with you and community partners to determine eligibility and can help you apply for supportive housing.