Salvation Army – Just Like Home Furniture Bank
The Furniture Bank is a Housing First Support Service that provides Housing First Participants with access to new or gently used furnishings and household items. Furnishings and household items can be donated or purchased new, and are stored in an accessible Salvation Army warehouse location within Lethbridge.
The Furniture Bank also maintains and operates specialized bed-bug equipment, using the equipment to ensure that all donated furnishings or household items adhere to health and safety standards.
Wood’s Homes -Youth Housing Locator
The Youth Housing Locator is responsible for identifying and building relationships with landlords, locating rental suites that meet the requirements of Housing First Participants, arranging viewings, and assisting Housing First Participants with completing rental agreements or other tenancy requirements. The Youth Housing Locator will also be responsible for locating and securing a block of units that are to be used as Youth Stabilization Units.
Participants staying in the Youth Stabilization Units will be supported by the Youth Housing Locator to transition to either stable market housing or to appropriate supportive living housing.
Wood’s Homes - Youth Stabilization Units
Wood’s Homes operates 3 rental housing units used as Youth Stabilization Units for Youth experiencing homelessness. Participants who are referred by YouthHUB can stay in the unit rent-free for a period of up to three months, during which time they will be supported by Case Managers and the Youth Housing Locator to access basic needs resources, establish income stability, and transition to either stable market housing or to appropriate supportive living housing.
LRCHC – Diversion and Secure First Funds
The Diversion Fund is designed to provide Housing First Participants with access to a lifetime maximum of $1,500 emergency funding to assist with financial arrears that could result in eviction. Diversion Fund Recipients must be supported by a Housing First Case Manager or Housing First Worker.
The Secure First Fund provides Recipients with access to funds for first month’s rent and/or security deposit. The lifetime maximum amount available for one Recipient from the Secure First Fund will be up to $2000.
Downtown BRZ – Clean Sweep Program
• Clean Sweep offers individuals who have experienced or are experiencing homeless the opportunity to engage in employment related activities, such as cleaning up garbage, sweeping sidewalks, shoveling snow, and other related needs in Downtown Lethbridge. Participants are provided with an hourly stipend, supported to develop employment skills and financial literacy skills, and, based on individual readiness, are supported to transition into regular employment with local employers.
Allied Arts Society – Arts Program
The Arts Program provides community-based fine arts programming and instruction at no cost to Participants. Participants are encouraged to engage in fine arts and crafts, and are supported to access related opportunities that meet their individual interests and goals. Projects are located at CASA in Downtown Lethbridge.
CMHA – Housing Registry
The Housing Registry is an online housing rental database that allows Housing First teams, Participants, and the public to search for their specific housing needs in an effort to locate appropriate and affordable housing. Landlords are also able to post their rental listings with the registry. The Project provides coordination, website updates, and maintenance of a current housing registry through the online Community LINKS service.
Project Connect provides a one day opportunity to deliver service to people in our community who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, such as people living paycheck to paycheck, living on the street, in shelters, or surfing between family and friends because they are unable to find affordable housing. This program has shown positive results in getting people connected in the community and into safe, permanent, affordable housing. Lethbridge has been successfully offering Project Connect twice each year since 2009. This one day opportunity allows individuals to access many different support services in one place, such as health services, tax services, community resource information, basic needs items, foot care and haircuts.
City of Lethbridge Recreation and Culture – Meaningful Daily Activity bursaries
• Housing First Participants have the opportunity to access a bursary through the City of Lethbridge Recreation and Culture department for any of its Lethbridge recreation and culture programs.
Green Acres Foundation – LEARN Stabilization Units
• This project is a collaboration between the Lethbridge Elder Abuse Response Network (LEARN) and Green Acres Foundation. Green Acres Foundation will provide up to three months of transitional housing (room and board) to Seniors who are victims of elder abuse and who are being case managed by LEARN. During this time, LEARN Case Managers will provide Housing First supports to Participants in order to support their transition to permanent housing.