Community Connections - Apartment Program

Type of Service

Support Within Housing - Mental Health

Program Description

The Apartment Program provides rent subsidies and outreach support for up to 75 adults with mental illness who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and who need and can benefit from program support services. The program subsidizes the rent for up to 83 apartments in Owen Sound and other selected areas. The number of available apartment units in each community varies over time; therefore, all inquiries about this service must be directed to the central office of Community Connections. The program leases the units from private sector landlords and then sublets them to program clients, who are provided with one-to-one outreach support. Program staff provides supportive counselling, practical assistance with activities of daily living and skills teaching to assist clients in their recovery and in developing skills for independent living. Clients are provided with one on one outreach support from housing workers either based at the central office or deployed to one of five community mental health teams. Average length of stay is one to two years.

Access Information

Referrals are required and are directed to the central office of Community Connections: Housing and Support. The program considers the client's housing and support needs, financial situation and any rent arrears payable for non-profit housing. Referrals are reviewed by the Program Director/Designate and the intake process generally involves one or more interviews. There is no set capacity as it is highly variable.

User Costs

Program Cost No
Additional Cost Yes

Referral Contact Information

Phone 519-371-2390

Clients Served

Gender All
Age 18 to 55 years of age.
Catchment Counties: (Bruce; Grey)
Wheelchair Access No
Accessibility AccommodationsAssessed case by case.

Smoking

Policy Allowed
Note No smoking inside buildings.

Languages

English Interpretation Services

Hours

Main Hours

Monday 0830-1630
Tuesday 0830-1630
Wednesday 0830-1630
Thursday 0830-1630
Friday 0830-1630