New Supportive Housing Program coming to Brantford 

For Immediate Release
6/28/2018 
Contact: Maria Visocchi, Director 
Phone: 519.759.4150 

BRANTFORD, ON – Today, the City of Brantford announced that a new supportive housing program is coming to Brantford. The supported housing program, entitled “Wesley Live Well” will be made possible as the result of funding received from the provincial Ministry of Housing. The $3.15 million in one-time capital funding and $1.256 million in ongoing funding will support residents of both Brantford and the County of Brant. Supportive housing is a combination of affordable housing and supportive services, designed to help vulnerable individuals use stable housing as a platform for recovery, personal growth and better health outcomes.

Wesley Live Well will service units in existing affordable housing communities, the private rental market, and a planned new building for phase three on Marlene Avenue, scheduled for completion in 2019. The program also includes rent supplements to maintain successful tenancies.

The project has three phases, with the first phase beginning this week at Winston Court. Winston Court is comprised of three two-storey buildings providing over 120 bachelor and one bedroom apartments for persons under 60. Tenants at Winston Court receive a rental subsidy according to their individual income circumstances, ensuring affordability for participating tenants. In addition, the community is conveniently located within walking distance (1.5 km) of shopping, downtown, and has a transit route stop literally on the community’s doorstep.Wesley Live Well program staff will support individuals at risk of homelessness by providing flexible support services such as counseling, medication management, social and recreational programs and assistance to landlords hosting supported housing tenants. Phase two is planned to begin in August 2018 and will target youth.

Wesley Urban Ministries has been contracted to deliver the housing support program. Wesley is a long-standing non-profit organization that offers programs and services for people experiencing homelessness and poverty. The Wesley Live Well program will be the second initiative facilitated by Wesley Urban Ministries in Brantford-Brant. Since 2017, two Wesley Urban Ministries Youth Outreach Workers have provided services in priority neighbourhoods in the City of Brantford, Paris and Ohsweken.

Quotes

“The City of Brantford appreciates this investment of much needed funding from the province, which will provide for over 80 units of supported housing for adults and youth. We believe everyone in our community should be able to live somewhere stable and safe. Supported housing is a highly effective strategy, which makes it possible for people to break free of the cycle of homelessness.”

Josephine Atanas, General Manager, Health and Human Services, City of Brantford

“Guided by current research as well as our expertise over the last 60 years in working with homeless and vulnerable populations, we are pleased to expand our services in Brantford – Brant to support youth, adults and families who are experiencing chronic homelessness. We look forward to developing strong partnerships between tenants, families, service providers, community supports and the wider community.”

Daljit Garry, Executive Director, Wesley Urban Ministries

Program Contact:

For more information about the program or if you are a Landlord wishing to connect with Wesley Urban Ministries please contact Program Director, Antonio Stanissa at antonio.stanissa@wesley.ca telephone number 519-717-2386.

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Media Contact:

Maria Visocchi, Director, Communications and Community Engagement |
City of Brantford | Office: 519.759.4150 Ext. 5754 | mvisocchi@brantford.ca