Concurrent Supportive Housing (CSH)
The Concurrent Supportive Housing (CSH) Program, a partnership between House of Friendship and Thresholds Homes and Supports, works to provide counselling, support, opportunities and experiences within a supportive housing environment to those who have made the choice to eliminate or change their alcohol / drug use in order to live a healthier life free from the harms of substance use and/or addiction. The program strives to improve the health and social outcomes of people with problematic substance use and/or concurrent mental health issues by providing stable housing and individual support based on identified goals related to each person's vision of a happy, hopeful life.
The CSH Program utilizes a flexible and responsive approach to assist individuals in securing and maintaining housing while addressing addiction, concurrent mental health issues and other issues that may impact quality of life. CSH delivers service from a harm reduction philosophy that includes but does not require abstinence as the ultimate form of harm reduction. The program is committed to delivering services from a person-centered approach that is responsive to the unique strengths and needs of each individual.
Housing placement in transitional or longer-term units will be offered based on the participant's identified substance use goals. Transitional housing offers abstinence-focused supports, while longer-term units can support individuals seeking any kind of harm reduction (including abstinence). There are six (6) transition units for females and three (3) for males. Access to these units is through referral from Here 24/7 and is available to those seeking housing in Waterloo Region. The length of stay at the transition homes is 364 days.
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Be committed to active participation in counselling and support services
- Be able to love and complete activities of daily living independently
- Have recent involvement in health services related to addiction and/or substance use
- Have recent experience with homelessness or be at risk of homelessness (including transitional housing, living on the street, or currently inadequately housed, etc.)
- Have current or historical chronic / problematic substance use concerns
- Have current or historical diagnosable mental health concerns
- Frequent use of addiction and/or mental health treatment services
- Demonstrates financial need (housing subsidy is only available to those individuals whose monthly income meets subsidy criteria as outlined in the lease / occupancy agreement)
- Frequent use of emergency services and contact with the criminal justice system.
For transitional housing only:
- Have completed a minimum 21-day residential addiction treatment within the past year and have a commitment to abstinence.
Referral Process - For further information or to apply, please contact Thresholds at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Here 24/7 at 1-844-437-3247.