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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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