What is affordable and supported housing?

Tenants at one of RESOLVE’s buildings take a break during programming

From our 2016-2017 Report to Community.

RESOLVE is built on the “Housing First” approach — providing individuals with the stability of a home, first, combined with the support they need to live healthy lives. This method also decreases the use of social services by vulnerable and homeless individuals, resulting in a significant savings to these taxpayer-funded services.

Affordability is an essential element of RESOLVE housing — what sets it apart is the wide range of support services our Partners provide that are tailored to each individual’s needs.

One such example is RESOLVE’s third new building which was built specifically for people with limited mobility.

“Tenants are able to get around their new homes with confidence and independence,” says Charlene Wilson, Team Lead at the building. “The accessibility here fosters the sense of community because tenants are not limited or excluded from any services or programs offered. As a result, we have seen wonderful friendships built as tenants support each other.”

The people who live here also receive help with medical needs, personal hygiene and meals. “We see many physical health improvements because of these services,” Charlene says.

Tenants take pride in their homes, helping with daily housekeeping tasks even while using mobility equipment. “It improves their self-worth and sense of responsibility,” Charlene adds.

Staff at the building plan a full range of activities to help build community for the people who live there, like karaoke nights, hockey games, smudges with their cultural liaison and more. One tenant even taught them how to say words in Cree and how to make bannock.

“He is very involved in his culture and is a peer for others in the building,” Charlene says. “He takes time out of his day to talk with other tenants and encourage them to get involved in the community.”

The support services at the building give tenants a chance to improve their wellbeing.

“It’s a beautiful change in the quality of their lives,” she says.