The Advocate will adhere to the Windsor Essex 10 year Housing and Homelessness Plan Housing First Service Model Strategies and will meet the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative(CHPI) objectives.
The AHA will carry out the following goals:
1. Support Indigenous Individuals/families experiencing homelessness to obtain and maintain housing.
2. Support Indigenous Individuals/families at risk of homelessness to remain in housing.
Windsor Essex Housing Connections(WEHC) Team
The Indigenous Housing Advocate is part of the mobile team focused on providing long term supports to people where they are at their journeys.
-Wellness is priority with increased housing stability and decreased homelessness
-Systemic Integration is required to fully meet peoples needs
-Quality of Service Focus
A Team Of Experts
-Regular home visits by Housing Team Members to ensure the tenant is on track and the unit is maintained. Housing Support Workers work on an ongoing basis to ensure the tenant is stabilized in their new home and able to maintain their unit.
-A Skilled and Responsive team to respond to any issue that may arise. Ensuring that landlord’s as well as tenant’s rights and responsibilities are respected and problems are resolved quickly and impartially.
-Provide Landlords with information on current legislation, lease agreements, and more.
-Someone to call when you have concerns regarding tenant issues. It can be reassuring to know that someone can be reached 24 hours a day.
-Landlord/Developers. Advocate/mediate when necessary. Assist with prevention of evictions when/if needed.
What is Housing First?
Housing First is a people centered approach that places the highest priority on retaining and attaining permanent housing as quickly as possible and then providing supports necessary to keep their housing.
-Recidivism(repeating) is Evident
-Housing Help Options Exhausted
-Avoid Duplication of Services
-Chronic Experiences of Homelessness
Likely a Referral if..
-Discharged from Incarceration in the past year
-Discharged from ER twice in past year
-Discharged from Hospital Psychiatric Unit
-Received a Mental Health Diagnosis
-Referring staff has evidence for concerns regarding Mental Health
-Accessed Detox/Rehab Services
-Evidence of struggle to maintain housing
(Windsor Essex Housing Connections)
Centralized Access Line
Family Services Windsor Essex(FSWE)
Housing Information Services(HIS)
Southwest Ontario Indigenous Health Access Centre(SOAHAC)
Can-Am Urban Native Homes
Metis Nation of Windsor-Essex
Windsor Essex Community Housing Corporation(CHC)
519-254-1681 ext. 3030
Central Housing Registry(CHR)
Employment and Social Services