Bringing Lethbrige Home Support Services
Housing First Support Programs
  • The Arts Program

    The Arts program through Allied Arts at CASA is an opportunity for Housing First Participants to get involved in artistic forms of meaningful daily activity such as drawing/painting, dance, percussion, and choir. Participants should be accompanied by their workers their first couple times attending but if they like the program they will be able to continue to participate as often as they wish at no cost to the Participant. Qualified and talented instructors conduct the programs and develop relationships with the Participants.

  • Castle Supported Housing (Concierge)

    Castle Supported Housing (Concierge) is a CMHA permanent supported housing program based out of the Castle apartments in downtown Lethbridge. Support staff are available onsite during the day and security is available in the evenings. The goal is to provide an environment for Housing First Participants with complex needs to live as independently as possible, achieve residential stability, and increase their ability to manage their lives as they are connected to long term supports.

  • Clean Sweep

    Clean Sweep is a Downtown BRZ initiative created to provide a means of meaningful daily activity, employment training and skill development, and a means of informal income for Housing First Participants as they receive a modest stipend for their efforts. Being a Housing First Participant is the only requirement for being eligible for this program other than having the capacity to perform the duties associated with the work projects they are engaged in.

  • Diversion Fund

    Diversion Fund is a financial support program managed through Lethbridge Housing Authority (LHA). The purpose of this fund is to provide Housing First Participants or those at risk of becoming homeless up to a maximum of $1500 to assist with addressing rental or core utility arrears or additional damages to a rental unit. This fund is accessible on a one time per Participant basis and there must be a follow- up worker in place for the funds to be approved.

  • Diversion Liaison

    Diversion Liaison is operated by Sik-Ooh-Kotoki Friendship Society and is based at the adult Emergency Shelter. The primary role of this liaison program is to assertively engage and assist individuals who are brand new to shelter in getting connected as quickly as possible with the supports that will be most beneficial in facilitating their timely exit from the shelter. They will be performing rapid pre-screen assessments to determine appropriateness for more thorough Housing First assessment. The liaison is in constant contact with central intake programs to ensure effective and consistent communication and referral. For those that are not Housing First appropriate, the Liaison will assist Participants in the implementation of action plans designed to promote quick exit.

  • Diversion Outreach Team (DOT)

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  • Hestia Homes

    Hestia Homesis a YWCA youth supported living program. Hestia falls into the category of a Foryer Model of housing with three separate homes at their disposal. Each home has a live in mentor who is required to be available during the evening and overnight hours to provide life skill support and role modelling. Each home can house up to 3 youth with separate bedrooms. If a youth is a single mother then there can only be two youth living there. The youth reside in these homes without any financial requirements as room and board is provided however follow-up support workers assist them in moving towards growth in independence. As they become prepared, these youth will move out of these homes into places of their own with the support of their assigned worker as follow-up continues. To be eligible for a spot in Hestia a youth can be either a male or female between the ages of 18 and 24. They must be referred from a Housing First housing team and fit with the dynamics of the other residents in the home. Youth must be homeless or at risk of homelessness and have the capacity to function in a congregate environment and have the goal to move to independent living

  • Housing Rent Supplement

    Housing First Rent Supplement is a funding allocation through LHA that Housing First Participants or those at risk of homelessness can access which provides them with up to $400 per month for one year of rental assistance. A specific process is required, the moneys are distributed directly to the landlord, and a Follow-up Worker must be attached.  Applications for this fund are available only to Housing First Housing Teams as well as Hestia Homes, YWCA Residence, River House, and the Diversion program if they are housing individuals outside of their residences or are helping a Participant to relocate to new housing.

  • Housing Registry

    Housing Registry is an online housing rental data base that allows Housing First teams, Participants, and the public to filter their specific housing needs in effort to locate appropriate and affordable housing. Landlords are also able to post their rental listings with the registry.

  • 'Just Like Home' Furniture Bank

    ‘Just Like Home’ Furniture Bank is a Salvation Army program which provides newly housed Housing First Participants, if required, with the initial furniture for their new home at no cost. A regular inventory of furniture and other essential household items are maintained in a facility where Housing First workers can take their Participants after a referral and appointment has been made to choose their furnishings. That furniture will then be arranged to be delivered to the new home. Referrals can only be made by Housing First Housing Teams or the Diversion program, YWCA Residence, River House, and Hestia Homes if they are housing someone in the community or outside of their residential programs. Just Like Home is regularly seeking new sources of furnishings including soliciting from the general public for new or gently used items. The furniture bank also has its own portable heat unit to address the concerns around bed bugs and other pests. Donations are also accepted.

  • Landlord/Tenancy Relations

    Landlord/Tenancy Relations is a service provided by Lethbridge Legal Guidance (LLG). Housing First Participants, funded agencies, and landlords can connect with this program to discuss various tenancy issues and receive support and guidance. Participants may also be able to obtain representation in court through a LLG attorney. The attorneys also conduct regular information sessions for Housing First and the public.

  • Residential Intergration & Tenancy

    Residential Integration and Tenancy is a SHIA funded program with the Lethbridge and Region Community Housing Corporation through Lethbridge Housing. The program provides the ability for the corporation to have community Case Managers to assist some of their more complex tenants with housing stability and tenancy issues as well as programming for meaningful daily activities and integration into the community. Housing First Participants are often supported by these workers in their housing complexes and programs and their efforts are also beneficial in preventing vulnerable people from falling into homelessness.

  • River House

    River House is a Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) program managed by Family Ties Association and created to provide chronically homeless seniors, either by age or functionality struggling with chronic addictions, mental health, and/or physical health issues. These individuals are not appropriate for existing facilities or programs. The program is harm reduction based and uses a Managed Alcohol Program (MAP) as one of its key strategies. River House is a hybrid housing and health options for people that had no housing options prior to its existence. Participants can be referred to this program by HomeBASE directly IF the appropriate conditions and criteria are evident at intake. Otherwise the referrals need to come from other Housing First housing teams. This is because one of the criteria for eligibility is that all other housing options have been exhausted therefore attempts at market housing or other facilities should be explored first.

  • Secure First Fund

    Secure First Fund is another program through LHA that allows appropriate Housing First Participants or those at risk of homelessness needing to relocate to new housing the ability to access a onetime disbursement of up to $1000 for first months rent and up to $1000 for damage deposit. A specific process is required and the funds are distributed directly to the landlord and a Follow-up Worker is required to be intact. Applications for this fund are available only to Housing First Housing Teams as well as Hestia Homes, YWCA Residence, River House, and the Diversion program if they are housing individuals outside of their residences or are helping a Participant to relocate to new housing.

  • Stabilization Units

    Stabilization Units are available to Housing First housing agencies to access on behalf of their Participants. When a homeless individual either has income but has had difficulty securing housing due to various barriers, or has income almost secured, a stabilization unit can be applied for. These units are leased and empty ready for Participants to move into immediately. This provides Participants, if they choose, the ability to enter housing and if necessary, have full rental assistance for up to two months while funding is secured or until they are prepared to take on the full lease on their own. Once the stabilization period is complete, the Participant has the choice to keep that unit for themselves or move to a different more appropriate home of their liking. Participants must have a follow-up support worker attached to them as an increased level of and monitoring is required during the stabilization period.

  • YWCA Residence

    YWCA Residence is a Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH), congregate living program which incorporates a support model into the staffing for Housing First Participants. Although supports are available 24/7, residents are free to come and go as they please but have guidelines around substance use in their rooms and appropriate interaction with staff and other residents. To be a Housing First resident at the YWCA a Participant must be referred by an existing Housing First housing team and must be a female between the ages of 16 and 64. They can either be a single person or have no more than two children depending upon availability of appropriate rooms. The children can only be females unless a male is 8 years old or younger.  They must have a verified source of income however some exceptions may be made with consultation. The Residence is not strictly for Housing First Participants therefore it is a mixed population.