A Place to Call Home: Supportive Housing

We believe everyone deserves a place to call home. It can be hard to deal with other challenges when you don’t have a roof over your head, which is why we offer many housing programs to help people with diverse needs who require varying levels of support. We provide a recovery-based model of supportive housing for people living with complex mental health and/or addiction challenges in both Toronto Community Housing (TCH) and Simcoe County Housing (SCH).

Shared supportive housing is available for young people experiencing their first psychotic episode, usually between the ages of 16 and 26. These young people receive specialized, recovery-focused care while remaining close to home and the natural support system provided by their family, friends, work and school.

We offer high-support housing for clients with moderate to severe challenges, including serious mental health issues or other complex challenges that prevent them from living on their own. These programs provide 24-hour staffing and crisis management, intervention and prevention.

Some programs also offer meal service and support with daily living activities.

Addiction is a complex challenge, which is why we offer a wide range of services. In addition to a residential support program which helps connect clients with the many resources they need, we provide specialized supportive housing for people who are homeless and experiencing complex addiction challenges.

We also provide intensive case management for individuals who are homeless and have HIV/AIDS, in combination with severe substance use.

For clients with less demanding challenges, we offer medium-support and low-support housing through LOFT-owned-and-operated apartment buildings and shared homes. These options are ideal for clients who prefer an independent, or nearly independent, living environment. We also offer ongoing support to clients living in apartments of their own.

Many older adults and seniors want to live safely on their own. Our assisted living services for high-risk seniors enable clients to enjoy their own space in an apartment or boarding home environment.

We help seniors navigate the social service and health care systems, connect with professional health care providers, coordinate needed services and organize escorts to appointments, among other daily living activities.

Sometimes people who have been hospitalized are unable to be discharged. This can happen if they were homeless prior to entering the hospital, or if they lost their housing while hospitalized.

When this happens, we offer specialized transitional housing that includes individualized supports, so people can safely return to living in the community.

The Sherbourne High-Support Site in Toronto offers 24/7 on-site staff support to eleven men and women at a time. Eight units provide permanent and long-term housing for people whose mental health challenges prevent them from living independently.

Three units provide transitional housing and community reintegration services for men and women who have been hospitalized for an extended period.