The Difference Supportive Housing Makes
For those who struggle with housing stability, including those who experience homelessness, life histories are complex and unique.
However, consistent within research on ending homelessness is the fact that many individuals or families require some level of support services to achieve housing stability. This may be supports in relation to physical health, mental health, substance use, trauma, culture, or activities of daily living.
With the right supports in place, people are able to not just survive, but thrive.
The impacts of tenant-centred supportive housing are felt within the community too.
In 2020, Indwell was awarded a two-year research grant through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)’s National Housing Strategy, to better understand the impact of opening our Woodfield Gate in London on the lives of our tenants there. We partnered with Western University who lead a research team that includes one of our staff.
In spite of the pandemic, our tenants have been amazing participants in this important research project. This interim report published by Western was submitted to CMHC in March 2021.
9 in 10 people who move into an Indwell home are with us beyond the first year.
Housing retention and stability is a key outcome indicator in evaluating interventions that end chronic homelessness. A target of 80% of people served in housing first interventions remaining housed after one calendar year is an established benchmark.
In looking at housing stability of tenants at Indwell coming from circumstances of homelessness we are trying to compare our interventions with the accepted standard for housing retention.