Canadian Mental Health Association Grey Bruce, Mental Health and Addiction Services

Site: Owen Sound - 1105 1st Ave E

Service: Community Connections - Housing and Support

Description (Service) Provides housing and support to adults with serious mental illnesses * services include apartment and outreach programs, rent-geared to income residential programs and various group service programs with a focus on decreasing social isolation and promoting strengths and skill development. 
Apartment Program - rent subsidies and outreach support for people living with a serious mental illness, who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and who need and can benefit from housing and outreach support services 
* provides subsidized rent for nearly 100 apartments in Owen Sound and other areas throughout Grey-Bruce (the number of available apartment units in each community varies over time so all inquiries for program are best directed to the central office)  
* leases the units from private sector landlords and then sublets them to program recipients  
* rent for the apartments does not exceed the Ontario Disability Support Program or Ontario Works maximum shelter allowance. Water, hydro and heat are included in the rental amount 
* provides recipients with one-to-one outreach support in addition to the subsidized rental apartments 
* program staff provide supportive counselling, mental health assessment, practical assistance with activities of daily living and skills teaching to assist clients in their recovery and in developing further skills as determined by the client 
Outreach Support - one-to-one support for adults living with serious mental illness, including: 
* supportive counselling 
* practical assistance with activities of daily living and skills teaching for independent living 
* assistance in finding and keeping suitable, affordable housing 
* social and health related advocacy and social connection  
* support is variable in frequency and geared to client need. Clients reside in various settings in the community, including individual apartments 
* services are delivered by Outreach Workers across Grey and Bruce Counties 
Residential Programs - three sites provide independent skill teaching and goal setting for adults living with a serious mental illness 
* staff provide practical assistance, one-to-one support and skills teaching to assist residents in their recovery, in developing skills for independent living and improving self sufficiency 
* clients need to be able to manage own medication, live independently, and manage household maintenance 
* Brooke House in Owen Sound provides affordable housing and staff support six days per week (but not overnight) for eight adults. All residents have individual bedrooms and shared spaces 
* Frank Street home in Wiarton provides affordable housing and staff support seven days per week (but not overnight) for 10 adults. All residents have individual bedrooms and shared spaces 
* Riverview in Owen Sound is a six-unit apartment building that provides rent-geared to income housing and daily outreach staff support for adults with serious mental illness 
Group Services - recovery-oriented program offers skill teaching and classes for specific interests, as determined by clients in collaboration with staff. Activities take place throughout Grey-Bruce 
The Green House is a drop-in program in Wiarton for adults living with a serious mental illness, see separate record for details
Service Details
Hours Office: Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Areas Served Bruce County ; Grey County
Eligibility Ages: 18 year(s) and up 
Adults living with serious mental illness and residing in Grey or Bruce Counties
Application Call to request an application form or to schedule an appointment with our Program Intake Co-ordinator
Languages English
Fees None - No fee for services * housing programs are rent geared to income
Address and Location
Located In Community Owen Sound
Address & Map
1105 1st Ave E
Owen Sound, ON N4K 2E2
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Physical Access Fully Accessible
Contact Information
Office Phone 519-371-2390
Toll Free Phone 1-800-235-2967
Fax 519-372-1592
Primary Contact Matthew Shute, Program Director
Alternate Contact Debby Fry, Manager - Apartment Program and Outreach Services

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