Mental Health Supportive Housing Services in York Region/South Simcoe
Crosslinks Housing and Support Services, established in 1987, serves men and women aged 16 and over with mental health challenges, who may be homeless or at risk of becoming homeless and who live, or wish to live in York Region or South Simcoe.
Crosslinks offers a range of housing options including individual and shared apartments and shared houses, and individual assistance in finding suitable temporary or permanent housing. Crosslinks also offers specialized services for people who are in conflict with the criminal justice system, and for youth who are experiencing their first psychotic episode.
All Crosslinks services are open, respectful and non-judgmental, and are built upon the principles of psycho-social rehabilitation, including the belief that every person can grow and change, and every person deserves an opportunity to do so. Crosslinks places heavy emphasis on social and community building activities for clients, with the goal of helping clients develop social and life skills, while they also develop interests that improve their quality of life and engage them in a community of mutual support.
In order to provide the most appropriate and best possible service to each client, Crosslinks Housing and Support Services has developed strong partnerships with a wide variety of health care, community and social service organizations in York Region/South Simcoe.
Housing and Housing Outreach Services
Crosslinks provides a continuum of medium and low support, and independent housing for clients who with mental health challenges and who may be homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Housing options include cooperative living in shared homes, individual apartments and self-contained units with on-site support. In Crosslinks co-operative housing, people living together have an opportunity to learn or enhance their life skills as they share responsibility for the maintenance, up-keep and operation of their home. The housing outreach service assists clients in finding suitable temporary or permanent housing , with support services available in response to the individual client’s needs.
Case Management services are available to individuals wishing to stabilize and take control of their lives. Services include assessment of needs, development of goals, acquisition of life and problem solving skills, crisis intervention and prevention, advocacy and linking with other community, social and health care services and resources.
First Episode Program
Shared, supportive housing is available for young people who are experiencing their first psychotic episode, usually between the ages of 16 and 26. Youth are able to receive specialized, recovery-focused supports while remaining close to home and the natural support system provided by family, friends, work and school.
Mental Health and Justice Program
LOFT is a partner in the Mental Health and Justice Program, providing supportive housing and case management to individuals with mental health and addiction challenges and histories of homelessness who are in conflict with the criminal justice system. As with all Crosslinks services, the focus is on recovery of independence and dignity for each client.
Stouffville Community Reintegration Program
When vulnerable individuals with mental health issues are hospitalized, they can become “trapped”. This may occur when people were homeless before entering hospital or when they have no family or friends able to support them. Hospitals can be reluctant to discharge a patient who does not appear to have a safe and stable home.
The goal is to help individuals gain or regain necessary life skills and the self-confidence so they can get back on their feet and prepare themselves for living independently in the community. Building on the experience of LOFT’s highly successful seniors community reintegration programs, Crosslinks is offers one-on-one support services for people 16 and older with mental health and addiction issues who are referred (primarily) from hospital.
This program accommodates 10 people at a time in a completely furnished house where two of the bedrooms are fully accessible. Support staff are on site 24/7. Residents prepare their own breakfast and lunch with assistance available if needed while dinner is a communal meal prepared by staff and clients together.
Located in a beautiful century home near Stouffville’s historic down town, this program seeks to help residents make a smooth transition from hospital to community living.
Addictions Supportive Housing
This program provides specialized supportive housing for individuals who are homeless and are experiencing chronic complex addition challenges, or the combination of substance abuse and mental health issues. This program is provided in partnership with ASYR (Addictions Services for York Region).
Crosslinks Housing and Support Services welcomes referrals from hospitals, shelters, community members and other service providers as well as self-referrals. For information on how to contact Crosslinks go to Need Services?.
Read the story of Chris – a client of Crosslinks Housing and Support Services.
For contact information, please visit the Contact Us page of our website and scroll down until you find the program you are looking for.