In 2005 Community Care, St. Catharines & Thorold and Housing Help merged as one. The vital purpose of Housing Help is to provide information and service which focuses on enabling individuals or families who are homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless, to obtain and maintain permanent housing which is available, (or potentially available), in the St. Catharines and Thorold community.
Housing Help of Community Care
In 2013, 13,732 phone calls were received by Housing Help seeking assistance. Assitance ranged from housing issues to landlord/tenant concerns to the navigation of vital systems amongst other struggles and issues listed below...
how we respond...
Housing Help assists with affordable housing, rental applications and documents, landlord disputes, emergency shelter, Regional trusteeships (including youth, 16-24), money management, utility assistance, Niagara for Access and Identification (NAID), access to the weekly Health Bus and referrals to other local applicable agencies/services.
The staff collectively, and with other agencies, strives to stabilize each case, in hopes of preventing evictions, preventing homelessness, preventing incarcerations, preventing misuse of costly community resources such as walk in clinics or community shelters, and preventing overuse of OW/ODSP program benefits such as Community Start Up monies and repetitive replacement client drug and dental cards.
Housing Help navigates the system to ensure each person is connected to the appropriate secondary or tertiary resource (mental health, substance use, acquired brain injury, developmental services).
Housing Help works directly with landlords and posts weekly housing lists.
A youth must remain in school to be eligible for the Youth Trusteeship Program. This ensures that they stay in school, with many youth completing their essential secondary education and the ability to go onto higher education and training, leading to better, secure employment.
As a result of this program, high risk youth are integrated back into the community and into the mainstream of society, equipped with the skills necessary for money management.
Their self esteem is improved, along with an actualization of what they can accomplish leading to independence and self sufficiency. In turn, they also become a positive influence and role model for their peers.
Housing Help works hand in hand with each individual coming through our doors, addressing their special needs and unique challenges.
Housing Help Centre
129 Church Street, St. Catharines
Thursday September 4- 12-3 pm
Thursday September 11- 12-3pm
Thursday September 18- 12-3pm
Thursday, September 25- 12-3pm
19 Albert St., Thorold
Tuesday September 9 - 1-3 pm
179-181 East Main St. Welland
Tuesday September 16 - 1-4 pm
4129 Stanley Ave., Niagara Falls
Wednesday September 17 - 1-3 pm
4309 Central Ave., Beamsville
Tuesday September 23 - 1-3 pm
Port Cares (ROFC)
61 Nickel St. Port Colborne
Wednesday September 24 - 12-3 pm