Archive | July, 2012

Friday Funday: Soccer at The Lighthouse

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Some staff took residents and any interested people down to Meewasin Valley today to play the beautiful game together. The weather was great, the location beautiful and the soccer was… well… not so good but we did have a good time.

Government of Canada Helps People Who Are Homeless or at Risk of Homelessness in Saskatoon

From the Government of Canada’s press release

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN–(Marketwire – July 5, 2012) – Vulnerable Canadians who are homeless or at risk of homelessness will have greater access to housing and support services, announced Kelly Block, Member of Parliament for Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development (HRSDC).

“Our government is giving a hand-up to Canadians to help them meet certain basic needs and break free from the cycle of homelessness and poverty,” said Ms. Block. “We are pleased to support the Saskatoon Housing Initiatives Partnership in its efforts to find local solutions to local problems.”

“We are looking forward to working with our community, the Community Advisory Board and HRSDC, to develop solutions for the challenges faced by the homeless and those at risk of homelessness in Saskatoon,” said Tyler Mathies, President of the Saskatoon Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP). “SHIP’s mission is to foster creative and affordable housing solutions in Saskatoon, and we believe that our new role as community entity will help us achieve our mission, while creating a safe, healthy and prosperous community.”

Over the next two years, the Homelessness Partnering Strategy will be investing nearly $3 million in Saskatoon. The Saskatoon Housing Initiatives Partnership will be distributing this funding to local organizations for the development of housing and support services for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

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Backgrounder

The Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) is a unique community-based program aimed at preventing and reducing homelessness by providing direct support and funding to 61 designated communities across Canada. The HPS took effect April 1, 2007, with annual funding of $134.8 million for two years. In September 2008, the Government committed to investing more than $1.9 billion in housing and homelessness programs over five years, until March 2014. This includes a renewal of the HPS until March 2014.

As of July 2, 2012, a total of 2 047 approved projects totalling over $693 million have been funded under the HPS to prevent and reduce homelessness in Canada.

The HPS provides structures and supports that help people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness achieve self-sufficiency and full participation in society. This model seeks to address homelessness by working in partnership with the provinces and territories, other federal departments, as well as with communities and the private and not-for-profit sectors.

The availability of safe, stable housing and related supports is an important element in addressing homelessness and helping individuals who are homeless achieve greater self-sufficiency and a better quality of life. The Government’s investments are creating jobs, stimulating local economies and improving the quality of life for many Canadians.

By working with all our partners, we will maximize results to make a lasting difference in the lives of vulnerable Canadians. The HPS provides the support that our community partners are seeking.

The HPS encourages a housing-first approach, which recognizes that housing stability is an important first step in addressing homelessness, and is necessary for the success of other interventions such as education and training, life skills development or management of mental health issues.

For more information on the HPS and the seven funding streams, visit www.hrsdc.gc.ca/homelessness.

The Lighthouse has had an excellent working relationship with the Homelessness Partnering Strategy in the past and looks forward to working with both it and Saskatoon Housing Initiatives Partnership in the future.

Lillian moves out

Lillian in her room 

Lillian moved into a suite at the Lighthouse just under two years ago after having a brief stay in our women’s shelter. She has a fun-loving, warm personality and is very caring of others. We wanted to give Lillian the care she need as well. Unfortunately Lillian is not so steady on her feet anymore and has trouble swallowing sometimes.

Lillian’s family tries to give her assistance in keeping her apartment clean but they have health issues of their own and are not able to help as much as they would like. We helped her receive home care, which aided in helping her take baths and keep her room clean but it became apparent that she needed more support than we could provide.

She was approved to be on the wait list for the next available care home bed but where she really wanted to go was Sunnyside, as she had some friends staying there and it was easily accessible by transit so her family could visit.

 

This week Lillian found out she was accepted to move into Sunnyside. After a whirlwind pack of her room her we headed out.

A group from the Canadian Federation of University Women collects used carry-on luggage for use by our clients.

Often when our clients move out we are amazed at the amount of stuff they have collected. Living in poverty and moving around a lot can sometime lead to tenants accumulating a lot of clothes, trinkets, household supplies and other items. Sometimes it is more cost effective to get new clothing than to pay to go to a laundry mat (although we do offer free laundry at the Lighthouse).

Moving Suitcase and walker - off to the care home

Many of our clients arrive and leave with their worldly possessions in black garbage bags as that is all they have

Windy Day

The day Lillian moved was extremely windy. She was nervous when we arrived and wanted a quick smoke but it was almost impossible to light her cigarette in the wind.[/caption]

Everyone at Sunnyside immediately made Lillian feel welcome. They asked about her favourite foods and what activities she liked.

Lillian's new room

Lillian’s new room

First Meal At Her New Place

First Meal At Her New Place

Lillian Friends

The Care Director, Lillian’s new roommate, and Lillian

Affordable housing rental applications are now online

Affordable Housing at The Lighthouse Supported Living Inc.

With the opening of the Affordable Housing tower on September 1st, we have uploaded a PDF and an online application form to the website.  The online form goes right to Chris Powell, and you can download, print off, fill out and return the offline form via mail, fax or drop off at the front desk.

Rents have been set at $750 for a one bedroom suite and $900 for a two bedroom apartment.

If you have any questions or problems with the application form contact Chris at 306.653.0538 or via email at chris.powell@lighthousesaskatoon.org.