Supported Housing Program
The Canadian Mental Health Association – Interlake Region Supported Housing Program is based on the principles and practices of psychosocial rehabilitation (PSR) which focuses on assisting individuals with serious and persistent mental illness to re-integrate into the community and to regain their independent living skills. Emphasis is on client choice and their involvement in the process.
The objectives of our Supported Housing Program are:
To (Choose) assist individuals to select a safe, affordable, decent living environment that is compatible with the individual’s values and needs in the geographic location of their choice.
This is accomplished by:
- establishing a working relationship with the client.
- completing an assessment to determine the needs, skills, preferences and individuals requirements.
- setting overall living goals with the client.
To (Get) assist individuals to secure a living environment that is compatible with the individual’s values and needs in the geographic location of their choice.
We can assist by:
- assisting with locating and obtaining housing: lease signing, utility hook-up, etc.
- helping to establish relationships with landlord or others such as E&IA workers.
- assisting with moving if necessary and with settling into the new environment.
- obtaining furniture and other household goods from our used furniture depot, when required.
To (Keep) assist individuals to keep and maintain their chosen living environment in order to ensure success and satisfaction in their lives.
- skill teaching in specific areas such as personal financing, household maintenance, meal preparation/ nutrition awareness, interpersonal skill/social skills, leisure skills and opportunities.
- partnering closely, when necessary, with others service providers and organizations in the community.
- advocating and support as required to ensure continued success.
The intended results are to assist individuals to develop and build on their strengths, to develop self-esteem, confidence and the skills necessary to become satisfied and successful in their chosen living environment and to become self sufficient, contributing members in their chosen community with access to the same community resources available to the general public.