Currently, the organization provides a total of 371 subsidized accommodations through agency-owned properties (10 properties, 67 spaces) and partnerships with private and non-profit sector landlords (304 one bedroom apartments).
Housing options range from shared furnished homes to single apartment units, all of which offer private bedrooms.
All individuals housed by Thresholds receive a range of ongoing support services, from 24/7 to monthly contact as required.
Community Partnerships for Housing
In keeping with our Vision of “responding more effectively to the increasing complexity of people’s needs and aspirations”, Thresholds has linked with community partners to provide more housing and services to meet the increasing need by people in the community for specialized services. These include the Sunnyside Supportive Housing Initiative, Supportive Housing Initiative for People with Substance Use Issues, Supportive Housing of Waterloo and the Whatever It Takes Initiative.
Sunnyside Supportive Housing Initiative: a partnership with the Region of Waterloo to provide supportive housing to seniors, including those with mental health issues. Thresholds has been allocated thirteen one bedroom units.
The approach to this partnership is based on a shared care model. The Region staff provide day-to-day group and personal care services (lunch, assistance with laundry, housekeeping) while Thresholds provides mental health and other life skill supports (i.e. recovery planning, grocery shopping).
Supportive Housing Initiative for People with Substance Use Issues: stable housing for people with problematic substance use is central to attaining treatment goals and housing must be part of any comprehensive treatment program.
The Government of Ontario is providing $16 million, province-wide, over three years, to fund 1,000 supportive housing units for people with substance use issues. Waterloo Wellington has been allocated 48 units as part of this project. The first 32 units opened in fall 2010.
Partners include Thresholds Homes and Supports and House of Friendship in Waterloo Region; Stonehenge Therapeutic Community and Canadian Mental Health Association- Grand River Branch in Wellington County.
Supportive Housing of Waterloo (SHOW): is a non-profit charitable organization founded in 2007 by a group of fifteen Waterloo-based churches and faith groups. The mandate is to design, build, and operate permanent, affordable, supportive housing in the City of Waterloo for people who are experiencing homelessness. To this end, the organization has built a 5-storey apartment building consisting of thirty self-contained residential units.
Thresholds Homes and Supports acquired eleven units, eight for individuals with mental health issues and three for people with substance use issues.
Referral Process – Assistance is available to eligible individuals with a mental health issue, age 16 years or older. For information or to apply, please contact the Community Intake Coordinator for an appointment.