Transforming Emergency Shelter into Affordable Housing with Support

Abe Oudshoorn, in collaboration with Carrie Marshall and Deanna Befus, and through the Centre for Research on Health Equity and Social Inclusion, are leading a 14-month demonstration project with the Salvation Army Centre of Hope in transforming emergency shelter space into affordable housing with supports. The project includes evaluation of an existing floor of rental units on site, as well as the addition of a new floor of units focused on substance use recovery and inclusive of a peer support model.

This demonstration project aims to showcase how emergency shelters can successfully transition to providing affordable housing with support functions.

Learn more about Nine Demonstration Projects Showcase Innovative Solutions for Affordable Housing in Canada.

Added: This story was also featured in Western News.

Video update on the project (November 21, 2019)


Colleen Parsons
Research Associate, Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing, Western University
Transforming Emergency Shelter into Affordable Housing with Support

One Reply to “Transforming Emergency Shelter into Affordable Housing with Support”

  1. Hello,

    I am interested in knowing more about the transforming emergency shelter into affordable housing with support project you are working on. How far are you along this project? How did you come about this model? Are there similar projects that have been successful in transforming shelters into affordable housing that you may know of?

    Thanks so much!

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