People living in supportive housing need additional services to obtain and keep housing that meets their needs and allows them to live independently and with dignity in their community. Cahdco has been a part of developing supportive housing, such as Ottawa Salus’ Salus Clementine project that provides 42 units for people living with mental illnesses, Cornerstone Housing for Women’s new residence on Princeton with 42 units for women, and Multifaith Housing Initiative’s new Veteran’s House, to provide 40 units for veterans.
There is a very real need for supportive housing in Canada. In 2012, nearly 550,000 people with disabilities were living in core housing need. In Ontario in 2012, 14,300 people with disabilities were on a waitlist to receive support services. For women, a study found that about 38% of women experience homelessness immediately after leaving an abusive partner. And in 2005, CMHC estimated that approximately 27% of people with mental illness live in inadequate housing.
The NHS identifies 11 vulnerable populations:
“…survivors (especially women and children) fleeing domestic violence; seniors; Indigenous peoples; people with disabilities; those dealing with mental health and addiction issues; veterans; LGBTQ2+; racialized groups; newcomers (including refugees); individuals and families experiencing homelessness; and young adults.”
However, it does not make the explicit link that supportive housing is often designed for these populations.