Fife House operates three Supportive Housing Programs that offer support services through a network of qualified staff and volunteers:
- Sherbourne, an integrated apartment building with 45 units designated for people living with HIV/AIDS;
- Denison, a residential program for 5 individuals; staff also provide support services to 14 persons at two non-profit housing programs;
- Jarvis, an 82 unit apartment building.
By the end of 2018, Fife House will have provided support services to 280 residents/clients through the Supportive & Transitional Housing Programs and to an additional 320 clients through our Homeless Outreach Program.
Staff meet regularly with residents to review needs, plan action steps and assist with applications and paperwork.
Integrated living residence with 112 units operated under a strong partnership arrangement.
The Sherbourne Apartments are designed to serve an integrated population of seniors and people living with HIV/AIDS in close partnership with Woodgreen Community Services and Wellesley Central Residence Inc. With a roof-top healing garden, community kitchen, communal lounge and ground floor patio, the Sherbourne Apartments embody the vision to create a supportive environment of acceptance and tolerance for all residents. Fife House provides housing and support services for people living with HIV/AIDS in 45 of the 112 units in the building, a combination of bachelors, one bedroom, and two bedroom units for families or individuals, some with live-in caregivers. Support is provided seven days a week, 24 hours a day based on identified client needs and goals through ongoing case management and service plans. An emphasis is placed on life skills development and supporting independent living. The Sherbourne Program has played an integral role in the success of the HIV/AIDS Complex Care Project between 2012 and 2015, housing ten individuals living with HIV/AIDS who are aging and have multiple complex health conditions. The Complex Care Program was unique in Toronto and has since evolved into providing transitional care coordination, which provides intense case management to vulnerable individuals living with multiple health complications, and today connects Fife House to the broader health care community through the Metro East Toronto Health Links and their Virtual Hub. The six-person Sherbourne staffing team’s engagement and support with complex care residents has led to several clients graduating from the Complex Care Program to service as usual with residential program supports.
Over the course of ten years at this location, Fife House has gained not only a valuable partner in Woodgreen and also access to a wider network of partner agencies which has allowed us to cope quickly with the changing needs of the community and grow together to enhance the lives of our residents. Through this, Fife House has been able to leverage the expertise of each organization to offer a program greater than the sum of its parts.
Sherbourne Transitional Housing Program
24-hour program to transition clients to independent living
The Transitional Housing Program (THP) provides temporary, supportive housing for nine months, in a shared communal living environment to 11 people living with HIV/AIDS. Many residents of THP arrive with an often lengthy history of homelessness or chronically unstable housing. Each resident is provided a furnished bachelorette unit with kitchenette and private bathroom, and shared common living, dining, kitchen, and laundry facilities. THP is staffed 24 hours, seven days per week and the six-person staff team provide residents with goal-focused service planning, intensive case management, assistance with activities of daily living, and advocacy support. The focus is on improved health outcomes, finding permanent housing, and connection to needed care and supports. Fife House partners closely with the Positive Service Coordination, a program through LOFT McEwan, who provide additional case management during residents’ stay and which continues when they move out into the community. In 2017/2018, the program served 31 persons, with 21 move-ins and 21 move-outs with 81% of clients reaching their goal of independent housing.
24-hour program supporting independent living
Launched in 1985, Denison is the oldest of Fife’s residential programs and is home to five residents with staff on-site to provide 24 hour support services. Denison is considered long-term transitional housing, supporting resident independence and transition into independent living or other permanent supportive housing in the community. Fife House is fully responsible for waiting lists, building maintenance, property management, rent collection, and support services. From Fife House’s six-person staff team, clients receive case management, practical supports and assistance with activities of daily living aimed at maintaining their health and independence. Clients have their own bedroom and share common facilities like bathrooms, the kitchen, the living room, and the yard. Rent is geared-to-income, as set out by the Ministry of Housing. Clients are encouraged to take responsibility, as much as their health permits, for their own care and for the house.
The Denison Program also provides housing support and case management services to an additional 17 clients who are housed at three locations in our partnership with St. Clare’s Multifaith Housing and Toronto Community Housing. These locations are mainly in the west end of the city. Fife House has partnered with Toronto Community Housing for four units in a house in the West end of Toronto. Denison Staff provide satellite support to the residents there.
82-unit apartment-style residence designated for people living with HIV/AIDS
The Jarvis residence, a partnership with Toronto Community Housing, provides 82 units of affordable housing and is one of the largest residential programs at Fife House. Fife staff provide client support services 12 hours a day, seven days a week. The building was purpose-built in the 1980’s to provide independent housing for people living with HIV/AIDS. Toronto Community Housing acquired the building and soon partnered with Fife House to provide support to residents in need. While Toronto Community Housing owns the building and is fully responsible for waiting lists, building maintenance, property management and rent collection, Fife House works to provide tenants with supports to assist with independent living. The four-person Jarvis staff team assists clients with a range of services related to activities of daily living, including but not limited to; light housekeeping; personal care; medication assistance; accompaniments; referrals and informal counseling; case management; advocacy; as well as providing communal meal programming, an in-house massage program, and access to other community events. This program fosters a strong community spirit among residents which helps to alleviate the loneliness and isolation often experienced by this community. The staff team also provides offsite care and supports to an additional five units of housing with Toronto Community Housing similar to the Scattered Sites Model of our Denison Program.