Home Base Housing develops and manages safe and affordable housing and emergency shelter and support services to meet the needs of youth, adults, and families at risk of homelessness in the Kingston area.
“The Youth Services Program helped me to get my apartment, take me to my appointments and get food. They gave me a job, which provided a reference letter; they supplied me with cooking programs. Before Youth Services I was staying in a shelter with nothing and doing nothing.” – Participant, aged 20
“Before moving to RISE, I dropped out of school, was escorting and had anorexia. Being in this program I was able to stop escorting and get over my eating disorder. I graduated High School and am working on moving to my favourite city.” – Participant, aged 19
The Youth Services Program with its goal of ending the cycle of homelessness among youth 16 to 24 years through:
- Transitional housing units and flexible client supports
- Teaching and skills development through educational or job opportunities, practising life skills, embracing harm reduction, and providing mental health supports
- Assisting youth in the community obtain housing in the private or non profit sectors and secure longer term supports to help them maintain their housing
- Supporting single mothers and newborns through the provision of housing and supports.
Impact for youth:
- At any one time 30 formerly homeless or at-risk youth have safe, affordable housing.
- 8 transitional housing units at the 21 unit apartment building RISE@one4nine permit Home Base staff to quickly move youth out of homelessness or unsafe situations and into a safe place to live. These youth then move on to other forms of housing suited to their needs.
- 13 long term units have been home to eight individuals since opening in 2012. Other tenants have moved from these apartments into other units in the non-profit and private market sectors.
- Secure housing and client centered support services lead to client success in mastering life skills, increased attendance at school or work, more involvement with community groups and services, and fewer health risks.