Home Sharing

Community Living BC (CLBC)

Adult Services for Community Living
North Shore/Howe Sound office
#210–1200 Lynn Valley Road
North Vancouver  V7J 2A3
Telephone: 604-981-0321

Homeshare caregivers provide placements in their personal residences to adults with developmental delays.  Caregivers work along with ministry social workers, other professionals, and family members to carry out objectives identified in the resident’s personal service plan (and other care plans).  Each home may have up to two residents.
The needs and abilities of individuals living in homeshares vary considerably.  Caregiver fees are related to the resident’s required level of support.

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Community Living BC Home Share

Address: 7th Floor, Airport Square 1200 – West 73rd Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6P 6G5
Phone: 604-664-0101 – Toll free: 1-877-660-2522
Fax: 604-664-0765
Email: CLBCInfo@gov.bc.ca
Website: http://www.communitylivingbc.ca/individuals-families/support-for-adults/home-sharing/home-sharing-agencies/

Home sharing is delivered throughout the province by a network of home sharing providers that are under direct contract with CLBC and by those under contract with qualified community-based agencies. Agencies that offer home sharing as part of an array of residential options are responsible for:

– implementation of standards for home sharing
– monitoring individual and program outcomes
– operations and administration of services
– recruitment, retention, and support of the home sharing network
– crisis response
– complaint resolution

CLBC generally enters into new direct contracts with home sharing providers only if there are no qualified home sharing agencies in the community or if an individual/family specifically requests that CLBC oversee the service.

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North Shore Connexions – Housing for People with Developmental Disabilities

Group Homes:
Description:12 Group Homes – staffed 24 hours/day. Serves people with developmental disabilities.
On average 4 residents live in a group home. Currently provide care for more than 45 residents.
Support:
Support varies according to the needs of the individual and may include personal care, training in daily living activities and behavioural support.
Rent:
pwd shelter rate – $375 and inclusive of utilities.
Accessibility:
3 fully accessible group homes
1 group home that has an elevator or stair lift
1 group home on ground level
No automatic door assist for any of the group homes
Criteria:
Participants need a referral from the North Shore Office of Community Living BC (CLBC) in order to access a residential program – http://nsconnexions.org/our-programs/residential-options/

Home Sharing Program
Desription:Home Share Program – An individualized, long-term living arrangement in which one or two adults share their lives with a care giver who provides holistic support.
The support from the caregiver may include provision of/or assistance with the following:
•Personal care
•Meal preparation
•Transportation
•Shopping for groceries, clothing and personal needs
•Medication ordering and management
•General household duties such as laundry and cleaning
•Managing the individual’s finances
•Managing the individual’s health care needs
•Facilitation of recreation activities and community resources
•Maintaining and building on personal relationships with family and friends
•Helping the individual to achieve the goals from their Person Centred Plan

Currently 21 individuals living in home share programs in North Vancouver. The home may take several forms, ranging from a basement suite with basic cooking and laundry facilities, to a bedroom in fully accessible home which has adaptive equipment as needed.

Location:North Vancouver
Rent:Each individual pays $716.13 – this covers rent, contribution to household bills (hydro, cable etc), and it also covers food and transit provided by the caregiver.
Accessibility:Not accessible unless the house or apartment is on ground floor or already has pre-existing accessibility. CLBC does not provide funding to adapt inaccessible homes.
Criteria:Participants with developmental disabilities need a referral from the North Shore Office of Community Living BC (CLBC)in order to access the home share program. Individuals who do best in home sharing are those who are able to self-report concerns to the program manager and are able to independently evacuate the residence in case of an emergency.
Apply:Participants need a referral from the North Shore Office of Community Living BC (CLBC) in order to access a residential program.

QuayView:

Description: 8 self-contained 2 bedroom units (Family Housing)
Supports: No details regarding supports available to tenants
Location: 150 West 2nd Street, North Vancouver BC V7M 1C3
Rents: No info available
Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible in apartment building.
Criteria: Canadian Citizen or permanent resident – www.bchousing.org
Apply:To apply In person or by mail – 1070 Roosevelt Crescent, North Vancouver, BC V7P 1M3

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Life Success Transition Housing (Hollyburn Family Services)

Provides transitional housing and support to assist homeless young adults, ages 18 to 24, to acquire the skills needed to live independently. Key areas of focus include employment, education, interpersonal relationships, and community integration. The program gives participants a chance to build skills and form a web of community resources around them, while being encouraged and supported in creating a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Support workers help the participants cultivate a sense of belonging, build social relationships, and integrate into the community. Accepts self-referrals.
Call: 604-987-8211
Note – this is not a home-share program designed for youth with developmental disabilities

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PosAbilities Group Home for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

Description:
Group Home – 3 people currently living in group home.

Support:
24/7 staffed residence
Location:
North Vancouver
Rent:
$375.00 per month and also CLBC funding
Accessibility:
Partially accessible downstairs.
Stairs in group home to access upper level of group home.
Criteria:
Adults/Seniors with Developmental Disabilities
Apply:
Apply through CLBC/PosAbilities
Gerry Fremming – PosAbilities – 604-299-4001

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PosAbilities – Home Share for people with Developmental Disabilities

Home Share program
Description:
Adults with developmental disabilities either share accommodation with registered home share providers as roommates or the clients would rent a basement suite within the home share provider home.
Support:
The home share providers help the clients with their daily living activities and to learn how to be independent.
Location:
North Vancouver
Rent:
$700.00 per month for rent, food and utilities.
Accessibility:
Varies
Criteria:
Client has to be eligible for Community Living BC services, have a developmental disability and be an adult.
Apply:
Apply through Gerry Fremming (PosAbilities)-778-945-3368

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Cascadia Society- Life Sharing for People with Developmental Disabilities

Kaspar House
Sophia House
The Cottage
Westview

Description:
All 4 homes are life sharing homes – coworkers live in the home with companions.
Kaspar -8 bedroom house – 3 coworkers / 1 volunteer / 4 companions (licensed)
Sophia- 4 bedroom house (upper) – 3 coworkers / 2 companions
The Cottage- 3 bedroom condo – 2 coworkers / 1 volunteer / 1 companion
Westview- 3 bedroom townhouse – 2 coworkers / 1 companion

Supports provided, if any: No staff, supports via life sharing (see above)

Location
Kaspar- west 19th street
Sophia -west 19th street
The Cottage – 2nd & Lonsdale
Westview – Westview & Hwy 1

Rent/Subsidies
Kaspar: 15% below market rent
Sophia: 25% below market rent
The Cottage: privately owned by coworker
Westview: privately owned by coworker

Accessibility:
Kaspar; somewhat accessible – stairs
Sophia: somewhat accessible – stairs
The Cottage: accessible
Westview: not very accessible – stairs

Criteria: Those companions that are currently in the Cascadia Society community inclusion program – we currently have a waiting list and are looking for more housing options as those in residents are usually long term – very little turn over.

Application: When a space becomes available we try to match up coworkers and companions, looking at needs and compatibility.
Patricia Smith / Leslie Fish
604 987-3407

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