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New permanent supportive housing project planned for Willow Road area

The project, which is in the pre-development stage, is targeting those who are chronically homeless or highly vulnerable
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A permanent supportive housing project that will support about 30 people is being planned for the Willow Road area of Guelph, with the exact location to be announced Friday.

The project, which is in the pre-development stage, is a partnership between Kindle Communities, Guelph Community Health Centre and Skyline Group of Companies. 

About 30 people will be housed within the project, which is targeting those who are chronically homeless or highly vulnerable.

On its web site, Kindle describes itself as "a non- profit landlord, focused on supporting the space needs of community-based organizations that serve vulnerable children, youth, families and neighbourhoods. We manage properties that allow community groups to deliver services when and where they are needed."

The project will be one of several permanent supportive housing projects to be planned for Guelph and Wellington County, said Kindle on its web site.

“Since 2014, Guelph-Wellington has been working to end homelessness in our city by 2023. Local agencies, businesses and citizens are working together to find permanent homes throughout Guelph-Wellington for approximately 150 people who are homeless,” said a post on the web site for the project. “Thanks to strong partnerships and support, that goal is within reach.”

Leases will be held by the tenants, with no limit on length of stay and there will be an option for rental assistance linked to each unit.

Also planned is on-site staffing that can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

On Friday a video will be posted to the project’s web page to unveil the exact location for the project.

Skyline is donating the land, as well as offering development management services for the project, while Guelph CHC will offer many wraparound health services with its partners to tailor individual support teams to support the unique needs of the residents.

A proposal for seed funding to support the expenses related to predevelopment was submitted to Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation by Kindle.

All three partners are active members of the Willow Road area, says a post on the web site.

“Together, we are committed to ensuring this project is a success. We know this area is a vibrant, supportive neighbourhood where many supports are already located, and we are committed to being good neighbours,” said the post on the web site for the project.