Simcoe, Ontario – On Thursday, July 7, Indwell celebrated the grand opening of its newest supportive affordable housing program in Norfolk County. Situated at 41 Norfolk St S in Simcoe, Dogwood Suites was previously the location of The Norfolk Inn.
In recent years, The Norfolk Inn had become a source of negative activities impacting the downtown. Indwell purchased the property in 2018 with plans to convert it into affordable housing. The three-storey building started welcoming tenants in May.
Dogwood Suites features 51 apartments with supports, and ground floor commercial space.
“We purchased the Norfolk Inn in 2018 with the realization that we were meeting a fraction of the housing needs in Haldimand-Norfolk,” says Jeff Neven, Indwell’s CEO. “While the need is still great, we’re so pleased that we can now provide hope for over 50 people in need of supportive affordable housing and be a part of the revitalization of downtown Simcoe.”
Indwell’s first program in Simcoe, Hambleton Hall (203 John St), opened in 2016 and hosts 35 apartments, as well as five transitional apartments for people in need of emergency housing.
“Premier Ford and our government are focused on solving the housing crisis. That’s why our Social Services Relief Fund is providing immediate housing and homelessness relief in communities across Ontario,” said Michael Parsa, Associate Minister of Housing. “Supporting innovative solutions like these new supportive housing units in Simcoe is critical as we work to keep our most vulnerable safe and housed, both during the pandemic and into the future.”
Thursday’s event featured a ribbon cutting ceremony as well as tours of the community spaces and a staged model suite.
Leah Logan, Regional Manager, Haldimand-Norfolk
Indwell is a growing Christian charity that responds to the urgent need to address homelessness in southern and southwestern Ontario by creating and operating high-quality, affordable supportive housing with the support of community and government partners. Indwell supports tenants in 870 apartments in Hamilton, Woodstock, Norfolk County, London, Waterloo Region, Mississauga and St. Thomas and is expanding into Chatham-Kent and within most of these cities. Indwell provides support that empower tenants to achieve their health goals and actively engage in the life of their communities.