We have a range of innovative, person-centred residential programs that assist people under the care of CLBC with diverse needs who may experience complex and intersecting barriers. This includes residential programs that provide affordable housing; alternatives to the traditional justice and forensic systems; programs that utilize a trauma-informed harm reduction model; and those for persons experiencing homelessness or risk of homelessness.
Some of our Community Living residential programs provide 24-hour living assistance, while others are independent suite options with access to staff supports. While our Community Living residential programs look different for each resident depending on their self-identified needs, goals, and interests, our programs provide options as necessary for skill building in the following areas to promote both community inclusion and greater independence:
- Daily living skills: Personal hygiene, health/mental health, time management, meal planning and preparation, shopping, daily/weekly chores, and budgeting
- Community awareness and social maturity: Transportation, leisure, volunteering, interpersonal skills, relationship building, consideration, problem-solving, and public safety
- Educational and vocational skills: Employment readiness preparation, referrals to community-based educational/job training programs, volunteer placements, job searches, resume, and job interviews
- Increased social network: Increasing community connectedness through activities that foster participation, inclusion, and access to essential support
- Community engagement: Enhancing opportunities related to volunteering, employment, recreational activities, day programs, and community engagement
Our Community Living Residential Programs
Fraser Street Apartments
Fraser Apartments is an independent living residential option comprised of 8 bachelor suites for individuals under the care of CLBC, which provides a residence with strong community ideals within an inclusive and affordable housing platform. Fraser Apartments acts as a foundation for long-term sustainable housing while fostering a community where people experience belonging. By blending a housing-first and person-centred approach, it strives to serve a wide demographic of people living with multiple barriers including areas of developmental disabilities, problematic substance use, homelessness, and mental health. Fraser Apartments also provides an opportunity for tenants to establish themselves in a community that is welcoming, supportive, and safe.
Miller Block provides stable and supportive housing for people under the care of CLBC who may be experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, homelessness who also have co-occurring barriers such as active substance use, ongoing mental health, and social and criminal justice issues. The residential program provides a housing opportunity where residents can participate in a rich social community that embraces differences and promotes the active participation of each resident. Miller Block acts as a pivotal building block towards long-term sustainable housing by leveraging community, creating effective programming, and supporting people with life-skills. Miller Block works in partnership with CLBC, and by blending a housing first and person-centred approach to peoples’ lives, supports people with the opportunity to establish themselves in a community that is welcoming, supportive, and safe. Miller Block is made up of 13 independent single occupancy suites, with private bathrooms and kitchens in each. Residents at Miller Block have access to on-site staff support 16-18 hours per day.
Vancouver Apartments provides 24-hour support to residents who are under the care of CLBC in a community home setting. The program supports residents to acquire the social, educational, or vocational upgrading which will enable them to thrive in less structured independent living arrangements. Vancouver Apartments provides intensive living assistance to promote independence, and activities focus on community participation, inclusion, and removing barriers and stigma to accessing essential supports.
Willow Place is a supervised shared home program dedicated specifically to assist up to three adult women under the care of CLBC with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders who may also live with compound effects of trauma, violence, mental health barriers, and addiction. The goal of the program is to provide residents with a safe and secure home environment that supports their individual growth and development. Through 24-staff supports, Willow Place supports individuals to achieve their self-determined needs and goals.
Individualized Community Living Residential Programs
Our Individualized Community Living Residential programs provide a structured living environment and community supports for adults under the care of CLBC with supervision orders which require 24-hour monitoring. The programs provide innovative and individualized alternatives to the traditional justice and forensic systems, and residents are supported to achieve community integration through a customized model of housing and supports. Our individualized residential programs provide monitoring for safe living in the community, and person-centred plans through which residents can learn the skills necessary to be responsible, independent, contributing members of society within the parameters of their supervision orders.
- Provide a supportive home environment
- Increase social network for residents to experience increased community connectedness
- Provide living assistance and skill building to enhance community participation and inclusion
- Promote independence through individualized plans that reflect the goals of the person served
- Our Community Living Residential programs support individuals who are funded by CLBC, who outline the admission criteria for the residential programs. Please contact your local CLBC office for admission and referral inquiries.