For many of CDS’s clients, a real challenge to keeping a job is having a safe and healthy place to live. Our staff have heard too many heart-breaking stories from people desperate to find their place in the community, but unable to create stability in their lives due to unstable housing.
In 2007, in an effort to improve the housing situation for low-income Trail residents, CDS created a social enterprise that provides building management services for absentee apartment building landlords, and creates units of safe housing at rental rates that fall within the shelter allowance limits for Employment Assistance recipients. This social enterprise now contracts with several property owners in the community to maintain over 50 rental units. A CDS job coach works with individuals being paid $10 per hour to complete work such as: painting, repairing walls, replacing plumbing, laying flooring, cleaning, replacing or repairing doors and locks and so on. This project has been a very successful both for improving the quality of lower cost rental housing in the community and for engaging individuals with marginal employability skills into the work force.
In January 2012 CDS partnered with the Greater Trail Community Skills Centre to launch “Getting to Home” a complementary sister project to create viable and sustainable solutions to address homelessness and “relative” homelessness in the Greater Trail community. The project is focused on three main goals:
- providing direct support to assist individuals who are homeless or “relatively homeless” to transition into safe, supportive housing;
- facilitating the development of additional units of housing by converting existing older housing stock into safe, affordable rental housing units; and
- developing a Homelessness Action Committee and Plan that will result in a more cohesive and integrated delivery of services to those individuals requiring support to maintain stable housing.
Read some of the success stories from our first year.
- Interior Health Authority’s Mental Health Services
- Canadian Mental Health Association of the Kootenays
- the Ad Hoc Extreme Weather Response Shelter Committee (La Nina Shelter)
- Trail Family and Individual Resources Society (Women’s Transition Housing and a Second Stage Housing facility and program)
HRSDC Rural and Remote Homelessness Funding