Each Ecuhome tenant has a Housing Support Worker who provides support to help her/him to maintain her/his housing. This support falls into 5 main areas:
Improving Health and Well Being
Tenants who have experienced chronic homelessness or have had difficulties maintaining stable housing often have health challenges.
- Helping with access to primary health care and specialists as needed
- Providing education and support with food and nutrition
- Encouraging and providing opportunities for physical activity
- Encouraging and providing opportunities for social connection
Developing life skills
Our aim is to help tenants to develop the life skills that will support their housing stability.
- Managing money
- Understanding the rights and obligations of being a tenant
- Keeping your unit in good condition
- Communicating effectively with roommates and neighbours
- Managing your health care
- Appropriate grooming and personal hygiene
Participating in Meaningful Activities
Our goal is to help tenants find activities that are meaningful to them and support their participation.
- Paid or volunteer work
- Educational or vocational courses
- Social activities
- Recreational or leisure activities
Increasing a Sense of Belonging
Our goal is to help rebuild a sense of belonging.
- Providing opportunities for and supporting tenants to build a positive community within their house or apartment building
- Providing or facilitating opportunities for tenants to participate in Ecuhome wide activities
- Facilitating participation in community programs, events and activities.
Our aim is to increase positive outcomes and reduce negative ones.
- Helping a tenant to increase their coping skills by developing a crisis plan
- Helping tenants develop confidence by recognizing their strengths
- Helping tenants feel competent by developing new skills
- Helping tenants feel connected by providing consistent support and opportunities for social engagement
- Helping tenants feel valued by supporting them to make a contribution in their housing and/or community
I was assaulted about 9 years ago. It left me in a coma for 4 months. It has been a very long recovery, but the Housing Support Worker has really helped. Living here is like living in a hotel. It is kept very clean, and I feel safe here.