The War Memorial Children’s Hospital holds an important place in the hearts and history of many nurses in the London community and beyond. Many of us trained and worked in this historic building prior to its closure in 2010.

And now, coming full circle, we have the opportunity to help this heritage building become a home to many of the people we have supported over the years who struggle with homelessness.

As nurses, we are taking the lead in helping transform the historical Children’s Hospital site into its next iteration: permanent supportive housing.

A Campaign of Care

Led by a campaign cabinet of nursing leaders, the Nurses for Housing campaign has set a goal of $150,000. As we emerge from a pandemic that has left many of us heavily burdened, we find strength in the hope of new beginnings, of transforming both lives and buildings. All funds raised will support Indwell’s transformation of the former Children’s Hospital into 42 units of deeply affordable housing with on-site supports.

Vision SoHo: From Hospital to Housing

The transformation of the Children’s Hospital is part of a larger redevelopment of the old Victoria Hospital grounds by a partnership of six non-profit housing developers called Vision SoHo Alliance. The Alliance will develop over 680 units of housing, over half of which will be affordable.

Indwell will retrofit the War Memorial Children’s Hospital and Health Services building, creating 138 units of supportive, deeply affordable housing that will be home to hundreds of Londoners in the decades to come.

December 1938, LFP Collection, Western University Archives
Christmas at WMCH (December 1939, LFP Collection, Western University Archives
School kids give books to WMCH (April 1960, LFP Collection, Western University Archives)
London Health Sciences Building
October 1985, LFP Collection, Western University Archives
December 1938, LFP Collection, Western University Archives
Christmas at WMCH (December 1939, LFP Collection, Western University Archives
School kids give books to WMCH (April 1960, LFP Collection, Western University Archives)
London Health Sciences Building
October 1985, LFP Collection, Western University Archives

About Indwell

Supportive Housing: A Solution to Homelessness

Indwell’s robust team of professionals provides onsite supports for our tenants and helps create a community that allows for natural supports to evolve. The team in London includes nurses, addictions support workers, food security workers, and apartment support workers.

Indwell supports over 1,000 people across Ontario. In London, Indwell has two programs: Woodfield Gate, located downtown, supports 66 people, and Embassy Commons, located in the Old East Village, welcomed 72 people to their new homes in 2022.

We encourage you to explore our website and read our FAQ to learn more. Want to hear from our tenants? Check out this video.

Give Today

Nurses and retired nurses across the London area, along with Western and Fanshawe students and alumni from around the world, are joining together to support this life-changing project. We welcome your gift!

More Information:

Julie Ryan
jryan@indwell.ca
519-286-1390 x364
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A guide for facilitating partnerships with churches and charities to develop affordable housing

We are Indwell

We’re a Christian charity that creates affordable housing communities that support people seeking health, wellness and belonging.

We value the inherent dignity of all people as image bearers of God.

We live out our Christian calling to love our neighbours as ourselves.

Hope is the foundation of all our actions.

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