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WHATTemporary shelter housing that fills the gap in emergency housing for seniors by providing shelter for homeless or at-risk seniors or those who are less than 55 years old with a disability.
WHYAn assessment and interview is required before acceptance into the program can be completed. To provide interim, emergency housing assistance to homeless seniors so that they can access the resources and support to find more permanent housing.
WHERESeniors Services Society. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Program Description

The program provides a private apartment, furnished by donation as emergency housing and a temporary accommodation to homeless seniors for an average of three months.

Seniors are assigned an outreach worker for support and will work with seniors to secure permanent  housing.

Those eligible for the program generally include: 

  • Are homeless or at risk of homelessness
  • Are able to live independently
  • Are able to live in the unit without being at risk to themselves or disturbing other tenants
  • Do not have any active addictions or untreated mental illnesses
  • Are self-motivated and able to take direction regarding housing search

The “Temporary Housing Program is not the same as a traditional shelter as it is unsupervised and unattended. Units are housed within regular apartment buildings where the neighbors are regular tenants of the building. Seniors must pass an interview so not all homeless and at risk seniors will be eligible.

There is a residency charge set at 30% of income, or if on income assistance payment is the maximum shelter portion.

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