Fife House is developing a 20-bed Transitional Housing Program at 9 Huntley Street. This programming is designated for people living with HIV/AIDS who are chronically homeless and who are accessing the emergency shelter system.
Fife House has formed an innovative partnership with the Shelter Support and Housing Administration, Habitat Services, the Inner City Family Health Team and Inner City Health Associates. The partnership will deliver a transformational model of housing supports, clinical care and intensive case management supports focused on the delivery of a client-centered model of care with an emphasis on recovery, rehabilitation, pathways to the right long-term housing along with supports, harm reduction, disease prevention, chronic disease management and health promotion.
Initially, Shelter Support and Housing Administration and the Inner City Family Health Team will work with Fife House on the transition of men living with HIV with complex health co-morbidities from Seaton House (who will be displaced during the George Street Redevelopment) and the men’s emergency shelter system, into the new Huntley Transitional Housing Program.
This program will be fully integrated with all Fife House programs and services, and with existing community and clinical partnerships aimed at bridging the gaps in care, expanding the continuum of care and housing, and optimizing transitions to the right supportive or permanent housing options, for homeless people living with HIV/AIDS.
The 7/24 Fife House staffing team includes the integrated housing support, clinical support and intensive case management, and will support activities of daily living and instrumental activities of daily living, assistance with personal care and homemaking. This team will also support and participate in ongoing management and provide crisis supports around mental health and addictions. The team will provide support to all Huntley Transitional Housing Program residents.
The Fife House intensive case management team will take the lead in ongoing assessment of need, service/care planning and coordination for individual clients. The team will supports Huntley Transitional Program residents and provide transitional intensive case management to all step-up housing clients, to those moving to supportive/permanent housing locations, and to new and existing complex care clients. They will also provide short-term intensive case management to clients identified through intake and assessment who may be wait-listed for housing.
The Inner City Family Health Team will provide clinical services support to all Huntley Transitional Program residents, step-up housing clients and those who transition to other supportive/permanent housing. The Inner City Family Health Team and Fife House will also develop an outreach clinic for HIV+ individuals who are already Inner City clients or who are referred by Shelter Support and Housing Administration, at The Huntley Transitional Housing Program or through Fife House’s Sherbourne Wellness Centre.