Homeless Programs & Support
CDS began actively working on finding solutions to address issues of homelessness and relative homelessness “off the side of our desk”. With no resources dedicated to implement a consistent and cohesive plan to create and sustain supportive housing for those who are homeless or marginally housed in our community, CDS began forging the framework to what is today the Getting to Home: Addressing Homelessness in Greater Trail (GTH) program.
In 2007, in an effort to improve the housing situation for low-income Trail residents, CDS created a social enterprise business that provides rental maintenance services for absentee as well as local landlords in order to assist them to maintain their rental units and provide options for housing for the individuals we support. This social enterprise now contracts with several property owners in the community to maintain over 90 rental units.
A CDS job coach works with individuals being paid minimum wage to complete work such as: painting, repairing walls, replacing plumbing, laying flooring, cleaning, replacing or repairing doors and locks and so on. This project has been a very successful both for improving the quality of lower cost rental housing in the community and for engaging individuals with marginal employability skills into the workforce.
Getting to Home Program: Addressing Homelessness in Greater Trail (GTH)
The program is focused the following goals:
- Providing direct support based on the Housing First model, assisting individuals who are homeless, at risk or relatively homeless to transition into safe and affordable housing;
- The Housing Facilitator will develop a Housing Needs Plan with individuals registering in the program to determine needs and work with them to ensure appropriate supports are in place so housing can be maintained;
- Acting as a liaison for both landlords and tenants ensuring rental housing is being adequately maintained and mutual respect for property is adhered too;
- Facilitating the development of additional units of housing to meet the needs of all those living in a homeless situation, this includes looking at converting existing older housing stock into safe, affordable rental housing units;
- Working with a Homelessness Action Committee to ensure strategic plan initiatives are resulting in a more cohesive and integrated delivery of service to those individuals requiring support to maintain stable housing.
Inspirational Highlights of the Past Year
I knew I wanted to be a social worker from a young age. I had a social worker as a young girl and she saved my life so I wanted to give back the way she had helped me. It took me almost 35 years to get there, but after years of healing I finally made it and here I am today following my dream. I know that all the trauma and abuse I suffered needed to be turned into something positive so I work tirelessly to try and help the most vulnerable people in my community reach their full potential. I not only can relate to the client’s needs, but I know how hard it is to make the changes to have a better a life.
This work has been humbling and rewarding, I feel like I have succeeded in helping some people. I love my job and wouldn’t change it, I know I have a lot to learn but everyday has its own rewards. Some days I wish I could do more, it is heartbreaking but I know that it can be a long process with lots of bumps along the way so I just continue to walk side by side with my clients. Lyann Hunter
Coins For Change Fundraiser
If you have any questions about this fundraiser contact Sheila Adcock at CDS at 1565 Bay Ave, Trail BC V1R 4B2 or call 250-364-1104.
The GTH program has received funding in the past year from:
- Columbia Basin Trust
- United Way
- City of Trail
- Coins for Change Fundraiser
- Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS)
- As well as many donations of clothing and household items to share with those accessing supports through the program
La Nina Cold Weather Shelter
This season, 2017, CDS has been asked to open the shelter 24 hours a day – 7 days a week as this is an adjustment to past years CDS has had to increase the manpower and shelter planning to accommodate this opportunity. The full time winter shelter services offered are in the early stages but already the CDS Program Coordinator and Shelter Staff have seen an increase in well-being throughout the community and those needing to utilize the shelter services.