Community-Based Residential Facilities
Guy Richmond Place, Hobden House, Elliott House, and Miyáq’elhá:wetwat (Tims Manor)
Guy Richmond Place (GRP), Hobden House (HH), Elliott House (EH), and Tims Manor are community-based residential facilities (CBRF) which operate under contract with the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC). The CBRFs provide housing to individuals on conditional release under the Corrections and Conditional Release Act from federal and provincial correctional institutions. GRP, HH, EH, and Tims Manor provide stable home environments with added structure for individuals as they reintegrate into the community, and assist residents in navigating obstacles that they experience as they transition to independent living and meet their needs as contributing members of the community. Persons residing in the facilities receive individualized care through supportive relationships, the development of personal plans, and the establishment of healthy community supports. All residents are subject to both general and specific conditions of release, and community safety is ensured through 24-hour staff who provide structure, monitoring, and support.
Elliott House is located in Abbotsford and can accommodate up to 25 residents, Guy Richmond Place is located in Vancouver and has a maximum occupancy of 18 residents, and Hobden House is a 17-bed residence located in Surrey.
Miyáq’elhá:wetwat (Tims Manor) is a specialized Indigenous CBRF for up to 8 residents in Abbotsford, which incorporates specific programming for Indigenous offenders using a culturally based framework.
Community Living Residential Services
East 3rd Residential
The East 3rd Residential program was developed to provide a structured living environment and community supports for adults who are under the care of Community Living British Columbia (CLBC) with supervision orders which require 24-hour monitoring. The program provides innovative and individualized alternatives to the traditional justice and forensic systems, and residents are supported to achieve community integration through a customized model of housing and support. East 3rd provides monitoring for safe living in the community, and person-centered plans through which residents can learn the skills necessary to be responsible, independent, contributing members of society within the parameters of their supervision orders.
Miller Block provides stable and supportive housing for people experiencing, or at risk of experiencing homelessness who also have co-occurring barriers such as a developmental disability, active substance use, ongoing mental health, and social and criminal justice issues. The residential program provides a housing opportunity where residents can participate in a rich social community that embraces differences, and promotes the active participation of each resident. Miller Block acts as a pivotal building block towards long-term sustainable housing by leveraging community, creating effective programming, and supporting people with life-skills. Miller Block works in partnership with CLBC, and by blending a housing first and person-centered approach to peoples’ lives, we want to support people with the opportunity to establish themselves in a community that is welcoming, supportive, and safe.
Miller Block is made up of 13 single occupancy suites, with 11-12 designated for CLBC funded residents and 1-2 designated as affordable housing. In addition, people living at Miller Block have access to 16-18 hours of staffing resource per day.
The Vancouver Apartments program provides 24-hour support to residents who are under the care of CLBC. The program supports residents to acquire the social, educational, or vocational upgrading which will enable them to thrive in less structured independent living arrangements. Vancouver Apartments provides intensive living assistance to promote independence, and activities focus on community participation, inclusion, and removing barriers and stigma to accessing essential supports.
The Willow Place program is a supervised shared home option dedicated specifically to assisting up to three adult women with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) who receive supports from CLBC, either through the Personal Support Initiative or the Developmental Disabilities stream. Individuals may also live with compound effects of trauma, violence, mental health, and addiction. The goal of the program is to provide an environment that is safe and secure, supportive of individual growth and development, and focused on individual needs.
The Home Share program is a residential option in which an adult with a developmental disability shares a home with someone who is contracted to provide ongoing, individualized support. For some, this is a step towards greater independence, while for others it is a lifelong living arrangement. The person-centered nature of the program allows individuals to select a home share provider and home environment that meets their unique goals and preferences. Support is flexible, and evolves according to the individuals’ changing needs.
Fraser Street Apartments
Fraser Apartments is an opportunity to intentionally build strong community ideals within an inclusive and affordable housing platform. Striving to achieve the value of authentic citizenship, Fraser Apartments acts as a foundation to long-term sustainable housing, while fostering a community where people can belong. By blending a housing-first and person-centered approach to people’s lives, Fraser Apartments enhances our ability to successfully support people. The residence also strives to serve a wide demographic of people living with multiple barriers including areas of developmental disabilities, substance use, homelessness, and mental health, and provides an opportunity for tenants to establish themselves in a community that is welcoming, supportive, and safe. To most successfully provide these characteristics of housing, Fraser Apartments leans heavily on the committed presence of organizational members, stakeholders, and community. Fraser Apartments is comprised of 8 bachelor suites total, with 4-5 units designated for CLBC funded people, and 2-3 units rented out as Affordable Housing.
Homelessness Prevention Program
The Homelessness Prevention Program (HPP) aims to connect individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness with safe, affordable housing. HPP Outreach staff work with individuals to assess their needs, assist with personal goals, and connect with stable accommodation and appropriate services. The HPP program provides individuals with tenancy support and skills training, follow up and ongoing support to tenants, works to build and maintain relationships with landlords providing housing, and provides education and resources to landlords to support and maintain tenancies, as appropriate. HPP rental supplements for eligible individuals assist with securing and maintaining housing in the community.
Homelessness Partnering Strategy
The Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) aims to prevent and reduce chronic and episodic homelessness among individuals being released from provincial institutions by connecting them to safe, suitable, and permanent housing. HPS provides intensive case management to address the complex needs of the people they support, and works to connect individuals to community resources that will enable them to maintain long-term housing and end the cycle of homelessness. While the majority of requests for assistance relate to housing, the HPS team also provides support in the following areas: legal concerns, identification, education, employment, community programming, assistance addressing substance misuse issues, mental health services, the client’s personal effects, and general support. The HPS team works collaboratively with the Community Service Office to ensure that requests received from clients are addressed and responded to in a timely matter.
Bridge to Housing
The Bridge to Housing Program (BTH) aims to reduce and prevent homelessness in the Metro Vancouver area. The program provides a wraparound approach by supporting individuals being released from federal institutions on their sentence expiry by locating potential safe, permanent housing opportunities and maintaining this housing to promote long term stability in the community by making connections to various community resources that meet identified individual needs.