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This residence is staffed by one full time support worker, and several part-time staffers, who provide 8-11 hours of support daily. Provides a combination of affordable housing and ongoing flexible housing supports. Length of program is approximately 6-12 months.
- Short-term residence - provides for the basic needs of youth while supporting them with meeting their goals through the provision of 24 hour staffing, resources and the implementation of development programs
- Long-term supported transitional housing - for male youth without secure housing, offers more independence but includes staff supports to encourage and empower youth to build competencies and life skills. The goal of the program is to prepare residents for independence and strengthen their capacity for success as self-sufficient members of the community
Offer support services, programs and resources to at risk youth. Services include:
Emergency Shelter: Youth are given access to a bed, showers and meals and also programming including the Steps to Independent Living program, recreation and social activities and cooking programs. Also, offers emergency shelter to victims of human trafficking as well as crisis support and referrals.
Drop-in Centre: A place for youth to connect with peers and receive mentoring and support. Youth will have access to meals, phones and Wi-Fi, shower and laundry facilities, crisis counselling and the clothing closet and food cupboard. Youth will also have access to the Steps to Independent Living program and recreational programs.
Youth Reconnect: Connects individuals in unstable living conditions with the services they need without them having to leave their home community. Referrals can be made by anyone and a Youth Worker will contact you within 24 hours.
After School Programs: In partnership with over 15 different service providers, the RAFT operates six After School Programs for youth. Programs offer free and accessible recreation, leisure and educational opportunities.
Youth in Transition: Supports youth, ages 16-24, in their successful transition out of the child welfare system into adulthood. Workers assist help youth to develop and pursue their goals, and will support them to identify access and navigate adult service systems relevant to their specific needs.
Eternal Routes: Connects homeless youth unable to live with their parents and Crown wards aging out of foster care with relatives who would be willing to provide the youth with the support they need to transition into adulthood and avoid homelessness.
Niagara Assertive Street Outreach: Actively engages individuals experiencing unsheltered homelessness to promote, connect, and coordinate access to the range of supports available across Niagara's Homeless-Serving System, including emergency shelter, housing and support services.
During their stay residents are given support through individual meetings with a support worker, support groups and a wide range of practical knowledge and skills training workshops.
Some examples of support groups provided are: practical knowledge and skills training, life skills, self-esteem, healthy relationships, women's group, and advocacy. After residents move out, they are guided towards ongoing support programs available in the Niagara Region.
Many continue with supports through outreach programs while transitioning to the next stage which helps to ensure housing retention, a stable safe environment and connection to resources and services.
One unit is accessible and designed for individuals with disabilities.
Community outreach services available to individuals on wait list for transitional housing program.
SUPPORTIVE HOUSING PROGRAM is designed for individuals requiring long-term intensive support and who are experiencing serious mental health issues. These individuals are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The program provides a combination of affordable housing and the ongoing, flexible supports needed to maintain housing. Consumers are linked with services, supports and resources in the broader community. The program supports over 80 housing units in the Niagara Region.
TRANSITIONAL HOUSING SUPPORT PROGRAM: provides therapeutic support to clients with concurrent issues. Life skills instruction and practice is an integral part of the program. The program is time limited to a period of 3 to 6 months. Assistance with finding permanent housing is a component of this program.
A not-for-profit charitable organization that focuses on improving the quality of life for urban Aboriginal women and their families in the Niagara Region. Wholly owned and operated by Indigenous women of the greater Bi-National Region.
- Indigenous Womens Health Worker program (New 2021): A morphing of the previous Pandemic Outreach program, Indigenous community members in need of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), supplies, or other needs can contact the agency and may be able to receive assistance. Additionally, the IWH programs offers online workshops, health related information and kits as well as diabetes related resources.
- Indigenous Anti-Human Trafficking Liaison (New 2021): This program/service intersects with commercial businesses, civic and institutional groups as well as other community agencies to delver educational and information sessions to employees, work groups, students and front line workers in all sectors.
- Indigenous Infant/Family Advocate Program: This program is a partnership between FACS Niagara and Niagara Chapter - Native Women Inc, funded through the Ministry of Child and Youth Services. It provides an Aboriginal Staff who works with children and families in contact with FACS Niagara. The Staff also provides education and cultural teachings to FACS Niagara Staff and works to develop and increase the number of Aboriginal Foster Homes in the Region so Aboriginal children in crisis can be placed with an Aboriginal family wherever possible.
- Original Pathways - Aboriginal Approaches to Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Program: This program works to assist Aboriginal children and families through providing an alternative to the court system. The goal is to keep Aboriginal children and families out of court by resolving issues within a culturally appropriate way. For more information call and ask for the Coordinator.
- Youth in Transition: A program specific to youth who are leaving foster care and ready to move to adult hood. Aboriginal youth (16-24) who are or were a crown ward or in customary care are eligible for this Ministry of Child and Youth Services funded program. A worker can assist with a "rights of passage" plan for youth including building on community, aboriginal culture and education, employment opportunities, life skills, housing opportunities, building physical and mental health and helping to establish long-term connections and relationships.
- Breaking Free from Family Violence Program: Consists of First Nations, Métis, Inuit and urban Indigenous community-led and prevention-focused supports to reduce violence in families, reduce the need to bring Indigenous children and youth into the child welfare and youth justice systems and improve the overall health and well-being of communities.
Other Services include: cultural activities, a reference and resource library, Annual Scholarships for Post Secondary students, Native Woman of the Year Recognition Award, advocacy on regional and institutional steering and planning committees, for college and university students as well as community members on a case by case basis.
The organization is involved and committed to providing information that will provide an understanding and awareness of Aboriginal culture.
Offers assistance with:
- Immigration procedures
- Transportation and accompaniment to appointments
- Language translations
- Orient newcomers to Canadian life and help with finding local settlements
- Provide furnishings for apartments and help with shopping
- Make arrangements for transfers to other cities
- Provides friendship and encouragement
- Connect clients with other helping agencies such as health care providers, jobs, schools and day care centres.
Also provides safe and comfortable supported transitional housing to families and individuals. Priority is given to the most vulnerable persons such as single mothers and fathers with babies, women and children. Offers coaching in maintaining and retaining a home, connect with employment and assist clients to find affordable housing. Maximum 1 year stay in transitional housing is expected.
Community Work Program - self-sufficient work program for people living with mental illness
- promotes stable and independent living conditions for participants
- reduces dependency on health and social service agencies
- promotes participant contribution to the community and peer support among participants
- staff contracts, schedules and supervises participant's work hours
- employees are paid minimum wage and can work as little or as much as they want
- lawn maintenance
- leaf raking
- yard/garden clean up
- snow removal
- janitorial services
- piecework assembly
- small moves
- garage and basement clean outs and dump runs
- medium support (not staffed 24 hrs)
- 2 locations - 213 Lock St W, Dunnville and 444 Broad Street W., Dunnville
- assist clients in attaining optimum level of functioning and responsible self-direction
- assist in preparing for independent living
- encourage resident involvement in work activity, education and/or volunteering
- (2) 7-bed each cooperative homes where residents are expected to participate in the daily operations of the homes
- housing staff are present to offer guidance and support and are on call to handle emergencies
- clients arrange social activities on a regular basis
- organized activities such as cards, darts, billiards, air hockey, movies, all indoors; horseshoes and volleyball outdoors weather permitting; walking club
- organized outings such as baseball games, soccer games, theatre, hockey games, baking days, barbeques, etc
Provides basic life skills program and counselling services to address individualized barriers to self-sufficiency through a partnering agreement with community service providers as well as 'in house' programs. Program areas include financial management and counselling, goal setting, job skills, coping strategies, etc.
A transitional housing program for young parents and their children for up to 2 years. Provides furnished apartments and support to young parents, with on-site programming and support staff.
Programs and supports include (but are not limited to):
- Child development
- Goal planning
- Healthy relationships
- Health and nutrition
- Ontario Works support
- Problem solving
- Public health support
- LEAP (Learning, Earning and Parenting)
- Substance use and mental health services
- Supports Indigenous women who are at-risk of homelessness or who are homeless
- Assists with maintaining existing housing and finding affordable sustainable housing
- Strives to improve the quality of life for homeless women and mothers and to help achieve a life of stability
- Aftercare and follow up
- Assessment and goal setting
- Budgeting and life skills
- Cultural teachings and healing
- Help with finding, securing, and maintaining housing
- Home visit support
- Referrals and partnering with community agencies
Provides the basic needs of life: shelter, food, clothes, safety and support
- pregnancy counselling
- support services during pregnancy, childbirth and for a period after the birth for the young women, their babies and family members
Provides case management support to youth ages 16-24 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in:
- finding Ontario Works
- alternative education
- financial management
- life skills
Host Homes initiative:
- matches youth with host homeowners who provide safe temporary housing
Bridge House program:
- provides transitional housing for youth for a period of up to 2 years in residential neighbourhoods in Burlington and Milton
- provides transitional housing for a period of up to 2 years in a bachelor style apartment
Service Navigator (north-end Halton only):
- connect youth ages 14-24 with community supports and case management
Survivor-Led Peer Advocacy Program
- a space that has been designed by survivors, for survivors of sexual exploitation and trafficking
- welcomes referrals to virtual programming opportunities, including group opportunities and individualized supports, from across Canada
- also offers individualized, in-person support to survivors within the Halton Region and the City of Hamilton
- not a crisis response centre
Mentorship & Encouragement
- through group programming and one-on-one support
- connect with survivors to navigate life's celebrations and challenges
- offer a range of group activities that build community among survivors, promotes resiliency, and encourages the development of life skills and emotional well-being
- activities include topic-based discussions, movement classes, book club, and social opportunities like movie nights and holiday gatherings
- currently offering virtual group activities and some in-person gatherings
Resources and Connection
- share resources and opportunities with network of survivors
- help survivors navigate systems (judicial, health, social, economic, etc.) that support their healing journey
- amplify survivors' voices when possible and appropriate
- actively look for opportunities for survivors to speak and share their voices, stories, and expertise
- is a first of its kind -- a second stage, long-term transitional home for survivors of sexual exploitation and trafficking in Hamilton/Halton
- provides a safe and supportive space for residents to heal, reclaim, and restore
- a bridge between first stage emergency shelters/short-term safe houses and third stage independent living
- access to specialized programs and services, individualized and holistic care, wrap-around services, and a sense of belonging and community amongst other survivors
- programming elements are delivered through a combination of in-house services as well as in partnership with services and organizations in the wider Halton/Hamilton community
Provides clean, safe, and affordable transitional housing for up to 174 men at risk. Short-term accommodations provided on a weekly or monthly basis with 24-hour front desk support, including navigation to critical community support services with key partner agencies. Includes non-smoking furnished rooms, shared bathrooms, coffee shop, and free laundry facilities. Overnight security.