Residential & Supportive Housing
Mainstay Transitional Services
The Mainstay Residence is a supported transitional living environment that provides its residents with a safe place to live while they work to change their lives.
Using both harm-reduction and Housing First philosophies, staff actively engage with each individual’s transition plans and goals throughout the duration of their stay.
Community members often move on to safe accommodations, long-term supported housing, substance abuse treatment programs or other appropriate accommodations. Transition workers often accompany clients into the community to support and teach them how to achieve daily living needs including:
- Exploring future accommodations
- Medication administration and home care supports
- Resources to help manage addictions or illness
- Working within a circle of supports to address any and all issues
- Goal identification
- Case coordination and planning
- Capacity building through in-house and external experiences
Mainstay is staffed 24/7 and provides assistance, continuity and a sense of security to its up to 34 community members in 28 rooms.
In 2016 two suites will be dedicated to short-term stays and housing those moving from Detox into other housing situations. These suites will enable people to be housed and continue their journeys without the struggle of returning directly to previous, potentially harmful environments.
Residents have access to community programming such as weekly Sharing Circles, Alcoholics Anonymous, recreational activities and monthly meetings. They also have opportunities to participate in volunteering such as kitchen help, outdoor maintenance crews and other placements in the community.
By engaging in prospects for meaningful work people can give back to their community and gain a sense of self through work and experience, ultimately preparing them for a stronger exit into the larger community.
The Bell Hotel is a glowing example of the evidence-based Housing First approach Main Street Project builds all our programs and services upon.
The housing project is in its fifth successful year of operation and demonstrates every day that securing appropriate housing is the first and most essential step in achieving independence for individuals who were previously chronically homeless.
Our partnerships with Centre Venture, Winnipeg Housing Rehabilitation Corporation and Winnipeg Regional Health Authority continue to grow stronger because of our like goal to house first.
Our team works together to deliver health, eviction prevention, Harm Reduction, life skills, capacity building, counseling, goal-setting and advocacy services through the lens of independence and tenant-defined success.
Through weekly meetings and daily mentoring, Bell Hotel residents have had more than 2,148 individual and 4,552 other meaningful contacts with their support team.
More than 50% of clients who moved into the Bell in 2011 have retained their tenancy and many others have successfully transitioned into permanent housing in the community or other supported living programs such as personal care and adult group homes.
2016 marked a year of concerted effort to improve the quality of life for tenants at the Bell Hotel and saw contact with emergency services and law enforcement significantly decline.
We continued to develop partnerships with various social and health services agencies and continued to be a leader in Housing First and Harm Reduction.