Ambrose Place will address two housing needs; using a housing first approach, it will provide housing and support services to homeless individuals and couples of Indigenous descent who have not been successfully housed in existing facilities. It will also provide safe affordable housing within a culturally sensitive environment primarily for individuals and couples of Indigenous ancestry who do not require supports. Fourteen of the units (the fourth floor) will be available for those seeking safe affordable housing, and the remaining twenty eight units on the second and third floors will be supportive housing.
Having both supportive housing units and affordable housing units within the same building offers the opportunity for residents to move from the supportive housing to an independent living situation while remaining within their existing community. The community facilities located on the first floor will be available for use by all residents, and if they so choose, residents living in the 14 affordable housing units will be able to purchase meals on an occasional or 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 will be operated using a set of practical strategies that help people reduce the negative consequences of drug use, alcoholism and mental illness by:
- focusing upon improving the quality of the individual’s life, health and well being
- meeting people where they are at
- educating the person on options and consequences, thus enabling the individual to improve their quality of life, health and well being
- and doing so in a non-judgmental 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.