(formerly “Shelter Me” Housing Project)
The CMHA-Kings County Branch introduced in July 2012 a one-year program called “Shelter Me”. This was renewed in 2013-2014, and has been renewed again for August 2014 through to March 2019. This project is funded by the Government of Canada’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy for Rural Communities.
In the fall of 2014, it became apparent that the name of the project needed to change to accurately reflect the services provided. The “shelter” in the name misled people to think that we provided emergency shelter, whereas we work on a rapid housing and eviction prevention model. The name also led some clients to believe that the program provided a “hand-out” rather than a “hand-up”.
The program provides a supportive housing framework, based on housing outreach and intensive case management that works through a strength based and peer empowerment model. The project was renamed “Project HOPE.” HOPE stands for Housing Outreach and Peer Empowerment.
Project HOPE is designed to assist individuals living with mental illness in Kings County who are homeless or at risk of homelessness to implement long-term solutions to obtain and retain housing.
The services include housing placement, eviction prevention, referral to appropriate agencies, skills training, ongoing support, and intensive case management to minimize barriers to finding and retaining housing.
Targeted workshops – covering apartment searching, tenancy issues, computer skills, budgeting and other life skills (topics vary based on needs of attendees).
For More Information Contact
Project H.O.P.E Lead
Project H.O.P.E Support Worker