Ambrose Place addresses two housing needs. Using a housing first approach, it provides housing and support services within a culturally sensitive environment to homeless Indigenous individuals and couples who have not been successfully housed in existing facilities and for Indigenous individuals and couples who do not require supports, but require safe and affordable housing.
Fourteen of the units on the fourth floor are available for those seeking safe, affordable housing and the remaining twenty eight units on the second and third floors are supportive housing.
Having both supportive housing units and affordable housing units within the same building offers the opportunity for residents to move from supportive housing to independent living while remaining within their existing community. The community facilities located on the first floor are available for use by all residents, and if they so choose, residents living in the 14 affordable housing units are able to purchase meals from the kitchen on-site on a regular basis.
In 2006, prior to developing the operating framework for Ambrose Place, Niginan undertook extensive research on supportive/assisted living projects for its target market.
Ambrose Place is operated using a set of practical strategies that help people reduce the negative consequences of drug use, alcoholism and mental illness by:
- meeting people where they are at
- focusing on improving the quality of the individual’s life, health and well-being
- educating the person on options and consequences, thus enabling the individual to improve their quality of life, health and well-being
- working with residents in a non-judgemental and gradual fashion
This approach has been very successful in enabling people, who have not been appropriately served by traditional facilities, to significantly improve their circumstances.