Bricks & Mortar Housing

Type of Service

Support Within Housing - Mental Health

Program Description

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) sublets units to eligible participants with a serious mental illness at a reduced rent equal to an individual/family's maximum shelter allowance under the Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support programs. The organization also has Rent Geared to Income units housing for up to 18 individuals. Goal of program is to offer affordable long-term housing to those living with mental illness.

Organization's Current Reported COVID-19 Response

COVID-19 Response: Our office location in Stratford where our reception function is located will continue to operate daily between 9 am and 5 pm (Monday to Friday). In addition to the HP Crisis Support Program, CMHA’s after-hours response line continues to be available after hours and weekends (519 274 2848). Clients and office visitors will be encouraged to telephone rather than visit our office. Symptom screening will take place in Stratford office and other office locations when they are open. Business functions – rent collections, payments, and other financial functions will continue from the Stratford office. CMHA HP offers a number of clinics which allow clients to have contact with a case manager. These clinics run in our Stratford office every Wednesday 1 pm to 4 pm, Goderich office every Thursday 1 pm to 4 pm, Seaforth office 1st and 3rd Thursday 1 pm to 4 pm. Telephone contact will be encouraged at clinics, however, face to face meetings will be held in each of these three locations. Monthly clinics held in Listowel and Wingham are held in community locations which are now closed. Only telephone contact will be available. James’ Place (Safe Bed) is an important program which provides an alternative to hospital admission for many clients in acute stress. The program normally operates Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings. In our effort to defer clients in mental health crisis coming to emergency departments and psychiatric units, CMHA HP may provide additional nights of support if we are able to maintain staff support CMHA HP sponsors 10 peer groups in Huron County which provide social and recreational opportunities. Although this social interaction is essential at this challenging time, we have suggested that groups not hold meetings for the rest of this month. Many of the groups use community locations which are not available at this time. We are looking at using our teleconference system to hold virtual meetings for members and other ways to maintain contact. Our Peer Support in Hospital staff person will restrict visits to the psychiatric unit based the advice of hospital staff. CMHA’s participation in SIMPLE, a DBT group with the Stratford Family Health Team, will be postponed for 2 weeks. This will be evaluated after this time. New requests for service will continue to be taken, our intake staff will conduct interviews by telephone.

Access Information

CMHA Huron-Perth provides accommodation for individuals/families with a serious mental illness receiving support services within the catchment area that are homeless, at risk of being homeless or are paying more than 50% of their income on shelter. Rent payments are based on a calculation of tenant income. Assignment to housing is based on availability and priority. Client will be placed on wait list.

User Costs

Program Cost No
Additional Cost Yes

Referral Contact Information

Phone 519-273-1391
Toll-Free 888-875-2944

Clients Served

Gender All
Age 16 and up
Catchment Counties: (Huron; Perth)
Wheelchair Access No
Accessibility AccommodationsSome accessible units.

Smoking

Policy Allowed
Note Based on the personal preference of the case manager. No smoking in transitional housing.

Languages

English Interpretation Services

Hours

Main Hours

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