We're Developing More Transitional Housing
In April of this year, Fife House reached an agreement in principle with Casey House to assume their original premises at 9 Huntley St., which they will no longer require when they move into their new building. Extensive interior renovations will be required to convert the existing facility to create a residential setting to accommodate The Huntley Transitional Housing Program.
We propose to lease Casey House’s 9 Huntley site and provide high support transitional housing to 20 people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHA) with complex health conditions that are in or entering the city emergency shelter system. This program will be an addition to, and fully integrated with, Fife House’s current array of residential and support programs. Our demonstrated expertise in serving, stabilizing and rehabilitating PLHAs with complex needs will be a crucial asset. This program will be a model of excellence within the shelter system and housing continuum.
The Huntley Transitional Housing Program includes the following partners: the Inner City Family Health Team (ICFHT), Habitat Services, Myrmex Non-Profit Housing, the City Of Toronto City Shelter Support and Housing Administration, and the potential for partnerships with the Casey House Day Health Program. The Huntley Transitional Housing Program and it`s partnerships will ensure clients are assessed, referred, and supported with their housing and health needs. The base operational funding has been committed.
The program, the first of its kind in Ontario, will combine clinical, psychiatric, rehabilitation and community care services in one residential setting. The unique staffing model addresses the complex issues of residents who face chronic health conditions as well as homelessness, social isolation and a lack of consistent HIV care. Shelter sector data indicate that some of our initial residents will have been in the shelter system more than a year, with some for as long as six years. Maximum stay for residents will be 18 months due to the complex issues they present. Building on our other residential programs and our extensive network of housing partners, we will transition clients from the Huntley Program to the appropriate longer term housing and support options.
Working with HOK, a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm since May, the plans and the budget necessary to renovate the interior of the building to accommodate our future needs have been developed. All rooms will be equipped with cabinetry that houses a small fridge, a microwave and a sink as well as clothing storage. Rooms will have either private or semi-private bathrooms (shared with one other resident). These spaces will be a sharp contrast to the dormitory situation from which they will be moving, immediately providing a sense of privacy, security and signaling their first step to a new life.
The total cost of the project is estimated at $1,673,000. Although funds for much of the cost have been pledged, there is still a large portion that we need to raise. We are counting on our supporters and stakeholders to help us achieve this goal. We have a commitment from a private individual to match all donations, up to a maximum of $300,000 - a very generous offer. Please take advantage of this opportunity, where your donation can actually have double the effect!
To make a donation or find out more about The Huntley Street Project, please contact Sam Katz, Manager of Development & Stewardship at 416-205-9888 ext. 241 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.