Homeward Bound embraces the principle of Housing First—that every person has the right to a safe, secure home.  The focus is on ending homelessness by providing permanent housing and follow-up support.  Individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness are housed first and then given appropriate supports to address barriers, establish relationships, access resources and improve skills to maintain their housing. Support is provided in an intensive case management setting where participant change is encouraged and promoted based on differing needs, personalities and motivations.

A Path to Home: Supporting Housing Needs for Newcomers is a National program working on reducing the visible and invisible barriers that immigrants and refugees face.   A Path To Home provides immigrants and refugees with dedicated access to specialized housing services to prevent homelessness, address ‘hidden’ housing issues, make the transition from homelessness to housing, and in the case of evictions provide necessary supports as needed.

A Path to Home

A Path to Home: Supporting Housing Needs for Newcomers is a National program working on reducing the visible and invisible barriers that immigrants and refugees face.   A Path To Home provides immigrants and refugees with dedicated access to specialized housing services to prevent homelessness, address ‘hidden’ housing issues, make the transition from homelessness to housing, and in the case of evictions provide necessary supports as needed.

Homelessness is a complex and multifaceted issue that consists of housing situations ranging from:

  • Rooflessness – living on the street or in emergency shelters
  • Houselessness – living in various types of shelters or institutions
  • Insecure housing – living under the threat of eviction or violence
  • Inadequate housing – living in unfit or overcrowded living conditions

Through participation in the A Path to Home Program, participants:

  • Acquire knowledge, skills and connections related to the Canadian work environment
  • Gain knowledge of life in Canada, including laws, rights and responsibilities
  • Have connections to communities and public institutions
  • Receive appropriate information and services to address housing and settlement needs
  • Make informed decisions about life in Canada, enjoy rights and act on their responsibilities in Canadian society

Requirements for Access to the Homeward Bound Program

  • Immigrant or resettled refugee
  • Homeless or at risk of homelessness
  • Face multiple barriers to integration
  • Been in Canada for more than one year but less than three years
  • Not yet a Canadian Citizen

Program Services

A Path to Home provides participant-centred services in supporting newcomers to locate and obtain affordable, appropriate housing and gain the necessary skills to maintain that housing.  In addition to assisting participants to locate and secure housing, A Path to Home offers:

  • Workshops focused on life skills, financial literacy, housing rights, utility grants and rent bank loans
  • One-to-one supportive counselling with a focus on building and strengthening the skills needed to succeed in Canada
  • Interpretation, volunteering and employment needs
  • Accompaniments
  • Referrals

For more information or to make a referral please contact: 

Michael Peters
mpeters@northernalberta.ymca.ca
Senior Directior | Bill Rees Community and Housing Initiatives
10211 - 105 Street, NW T5J 1E3
Phone: (780) 429 - 9622

Homeward Bound

Homeward Bound embraces the principle of Housing First—that every person has the right to a safe, secure home.  The focus is on ending homelessness by providing permanent housing and follow-up support.  Individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness are housed first and then given appropriate supports to address barriers, establish relationships, access resources and improve skills to maintain their housing. Support is provided in an intensive case management setting where participant change is encouraged and promoted based on differing needs, personalities and motivations.

Intensive Case Management (ICM)

  • The Housing First Support Program is intended to last no more 12 months
  • Participants are stabilized then transitioned to a reduced level of support
  • The final stages of the program involve planning to discharge the participant once self-sufficient

Requirements for Access to the Homeward Bound Program

  • Chronically homeless (3 episodes of homelessness in one calendar year)
  • Must score high enough on the SPDAT (Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool)
  • Must have an income (Income Support, AISH, Part- Time, Full-Time)
  • Must agree to 3rd party rent payment.
  • Must agree to receive follow up supports in their home and community.
  • Must agree to be a good neighbour.

Program Services

  1. Housing
    A Housing Team assists participants in selecting housing of their choice. Responsibilities of the Housing Team include:
    • Helping participants search for and identify appropriate housing
    • Establishing relationships with landlords, including mediating during times of conflict
    • Applying for and managing housing allowances
    • Assisting with setting up apartment (furniture, household items, groceries)

  2. Follow Up Support
    A Follow Up Support Worker assists participants in accessing external resources and supports to promote community integration, improve quality of life and foster independent living. Each participant will develop a personal network of support to address skills and resource in areas including:
    • Life, Housing and Tenancy skills
    • Debt Reduction: budgets, financial aid, finding credit counselling
    • Mental health: finding counselling
    • Addiction Services: clinical support, rehab, harm reduction
    • Medical: doctor, dental, vision and other medical access
    • Legal
    • Education
    • Income Support and Disability
    • Employment
    • Daily Meaningful Activity

If you would like more information about the Homeward Bound program, please contact:

Nicholas Blouin, Senior Director, Homeward Bound
nblouin@northernalberta.ymca.ca 
Phone: (780) 429 - 9622 

Downtown YMCA Housing

Downtown YMCA Housing
10030 102A Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta Canada T5J 0G5
Phone: (780) 421-9622 
Fax: (780) 429-1455

In 1908, the YMCA in Downtown Edmonton had 13 bedrooms and served single young men, mostly newcomers to the city. Today our four-floor housing facility has more than 100 rooms and still serves young men just getting on their feet. In addition, we also serve women and families and can accommodate up to 120 individuals at one time.

Some stay only for a night or two while traveling through Edmonton, others may stay a few months while they look for on-going employment and permanent housing. Many of our short-term residents are looking for a place to recover and collect themselves after  a crisis situation. The community they find here helps give them the support they need to get their lives back together after a job loss, family break-up or sudden relocation. By collaborating closely with other agencies, community and government services, our Housing Team is committed to enhancing our programs that help people make the transition to a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

Housing Rooms Include:

  • Our rooms have a bed and a desk
  • All utilities are included
  • There are shared bathrooms and showers on each floor

As of January 1, 2016, our rates will be going from $53 per day to $57 per day, and from $167 per week to $171 per week for a private room. A dorm room will change from $35 per day to $40 per day. The deposit for a room key will remain $10 key and is returned when you return the key at the end of your stay. There are shared washroom and shower facilities on each floor. The 4th floor is for women only and does not have a dorm. We have common room with a TV on the main floor and also a room with 4 computers for residents use. We are within a block of the rapid transit. Our rooms are rented first come, first served – we do not take reservations. Often the only available bed is in a dorm room. Residents in the dorm rooms have priority when a private room comes available. Please check on availability when you are ready to rent the room.

Housing Room Rates 2016 Daily Rate 2016 Weekly Rate
4th Floor Single $57.00 $171.00
4th Floor Double $72.00 $215.00
5th Floor Single $54.00 $163.00
5th Floor with 1/2 bath $62.00 $186.00
5th Floor Double $67.00 $201.00
5th Floor Dormitories (3 beds) $40.00 N/A
6th / 7th Floor Single $57.00 $171.00
6th Floor with 1/2 bath $65.00  $195.00

 Click here for complete downtown housing rates for 2016. 

Please Note:
We require government issued picture I.D. prior to check in.
There is a $10 Key Deposit for all rooms. $30.00 charge for lock change or if key lost or not returned.

Residents in our Housing Facility have access to our Don Wheaton Family YMCA (located a few blocks away) during specific hours – please ask at the Front Desk for details. Our Don Wheaton Family YMCA includes:

  • 25 - metre pool
  • indoor running track
  • gymnasium
  • fully equipped workout centre

Melcor YMCA Village - Affordable Housing

Affordable Housing Program

The Melcor YMCA Village helps people who have housing affordability needs and would benefit from a lower rent. Melcor YMCA Village is an affordable housing facility and participates in the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program.

Facts
  • Unit Rental Rates are 10% - 15% below the average market rental rate, which is set by the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation in April and October.  Melcor YMCA Village’s rates are set on the April data.  The YMCA does not provide rental subsidy.
  • Applicants must meet CORE Need Income Thresholds to qualify.  Income requirements are applied based on the number of bedrooms requested.
  • The Melcor YMCA Village affordable housing is a Smoke-free and Pet-free environment.  Qualified service dogs are allowed.
  • All household members 18 years of age and older must pass a Criminal Records Check with the Edmonton Police Service during the application process.  Tenants are also required to sign the Residential Tenancy Addendum Agreement for Crime Free Multi-Housing Program of Edmonton before they move in.  By doing so, tenants agree that members of their household, their guests, and they, themselves, will not engage in the following criminal activity on or about the premises.
  • Tenants are required to maintain Tenant Household Insurance. Policy information can be made available to tenants who do not currently carry such insurance.
  • Tenants pay a security deposit of $500.00.
  • Tenants are required to pay for power.  Other utilities are included in the rent, the total of which will be payable to the YMCA, landlord.
  • Tenants are responsible for the installation and on-going charges related to all additional services such as telephone, cable and internet.
  • Tenants are responsible for parking.  There is an underground parkade located in the Boyle Street Plaza that tenants can rent a parking stall.  There is limited community parking.
Amenities
  • Appliances:  Each rental unit comes with a fridge, stove and microwave.
  • Laundry Facilities:  Card-operated washers and dryers are located in the main floor laundry room.
  • Recreation and Leisure:  A children’s indoor and outdoor play space is located on the main floor.  The apartment building is situated on a City of Edmonton green site and is adjacent to the Boyle Street Plaza, which houses the Shirley Stollery YMCA Child Care and YMCA Family Resource Centre as well as the Boyle Street Community Centre.
  • YMCA Affordable Housing Tenants are eligible to apply for YMCA Membership and may qualify for the Opportunity Fund subsidy.  Tenants also qualify for, and are encouraged to apply for membership in the Boyle Street Community League.
Area and Bedroom Lists

Melcor YMCA Village follows the National Occupancy Standards which recommends the number of bedrooms for which a tenant qualifies based on the makeup of the family; however your individual situation may require an alternate number of bedrooms. If you are unsure about how many rooms you qualify for, contact the YMCA.

Examples of Family Size and Number of Bedrooms Allowed based on National Occupancy Standards:

  Number of Adults

Number of Children

Bedrooms Allowed

1

0

Bachelor or 1 bedroom

2 – A couple

0

Bachelor or 1 bedroom

2 – Roommates

0

2 bedrooms

1 or 2

1-2

2 bedrooms

Children five years of age and under, regardless of sex, may share a bedroom.

If a couple needs separate bedrooms for health reasons, they may apply for two bedrooms but they must provide a doctor’s letter to support the application and be able to pay the associated rent.

If an applicant does not have sole or joint custody of their children and/or the children do not live with the applicant, bedrooms will not be assigned for those children.

Occupants, other than family members, who are 18 years or older must have their own bedroom.

Crime Free Multi-Housing Program

The Melcor YMCA Village is currently certified under the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program.

The Crime Free Multi-Housing Program involves the tenants, the Edmonton Police Service, and the YMCA of Northern Alberta. The goal is to work together to reduce crime.

Tenants consent to be part of the program.  All household members 18 years of age and older must pass a Criminal Records Check with the Edmonton Police Service during the application process.  Tenants are also required to sign the Residential Tenancy Addendum Agreement for Crime Free Multi-Housing Program of Edmonton before they move in.  By doing so, tenants agree that members of their household, their guests, and they, themselves, will not engage in the following criminal activity on or about the premises:

  1. Any drug related criminal activity
  2. Solicitation (sex trade workers and related nuisance activity)
  3. Street gang activity
  4. Assault(s) or threatened assault(s)
  5. Unlawful use of a firearm or other weapon
  6. Any criminal activity that threatens the health, safety, or welfare of the landlord, other residents, or persons on the residential property or residential premises

If tenants or members of their household permit other persons onto the property or allow them to live in the premises, the tenants will be responsible for the actions of those persons and the consequences of those actions.

The Addendum allows for the police to release information about criminal activity to the YMCA of Northern Alberta for the purpose of determining if a breach of the agreement has occurred.

It is understood and agreed that a single violation of any of these provisions will result in the termination of the tenancy.

PLEASE NOTE: IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO BE PART OF THE CRIME FREE MULTI-HOUSING PROGRAM, DO NOT COMPLETE AN APPLICATION FORM FOR OUR MELCOR YMCA VILLAGE AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

Rental subsidy

The YMCA of Northern Alberta does not offer rent subsidies at the Melcor YMCA Village. Capital Region Housing Corporation (CRHC) offers a number of subsidy programs.  CRHC presently has a waiting list for all subsidy programs.  All Rent Subsidy Programs are subject to the availability of ongoing government funding.  Please note that CRHC does not offer emergency funding.  

In all subsidy programs, tenants rent from a private landlord. Market rents charged by the landlords are subject to approval by CRHC.  Eligibility for continued rent subsidy assistance is reviewed annually.

If you wish to see if you qualify for a rent subsidy, please contact:

Capital Region Housing Corporation

10232 - 112 Street NW

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

T5K 1M4

Telephone: 780-420-6161

Information Line (24 Hour Recording): 780-428-8200

Fax: 780-426-6854

Website: www.crhc.ab.ca

 

YMCA Welcome Village

The YMCA Welcome Village is part of the first phase of the Boyle Renaissance Project, a multi-phase, far-reaching community redevelopment situated in the area between 95 and 96 Streets and extending north from 103A Avenue to the LRT tracks. The Boyle Renaissance is a made-in-community solution that will provide a range of market and affordable housing units, and a variety of different services and programs that include child care, family services, community, social, recreation and park spaces, and more.

The Boyle Renaissance Development Association (BRDA) is working closely wtih the YMCA of Northern Alberta, Capital Region Housing Corporation, Boyle Street Community League, and the City of Edmonton to oversee construction of Phase I, a two-building development. The east building contains the YMCA Welcome Village's affordable housing. The west building is a new community centre that includes the YMCA Welcome Village's Child Care Centre, A YMCA Family Resource Centre, and the offices and multi-purpose programming and physical activity space for the Boyle Street Community League. The development will also have ample outdoor park space and community garden space for community use.

The YMCA Welcome Village is made up of the Melcor YMCA Village, the Shirley Stollery YMCA Child Care and the YMCA Family Resource Centre.

YMCA Family Resource Centre

Located within the Boyle Street Plaza at 9538-103 A Avenue and directly across from the Melcor YMCA Village.  The YMCA Family Resource Centre provides meaningful programming that responds to the needs of all members of the community. Some of the programs offered are listed below:

  • Collective Kitchen: Collective Kitchen offers participants the opportunity to prepare affordable healthy meals for themselves and their families at a low cost and provides the opportunity to learn basic nutrition, food purchase, preparation and safe food handling skills and socialize as they prepare their food.
  • Positive Discipline: Positive Discipline is a free 8-week parenting program offered 2-3 times per year, based on expressed interest and available funding.   The program, taught by certified instructors, is a parenting program designed to teach important social and life skills in a manner that is deeply respectful and encouraging for both children and adults.  The program is based on the best-selling Positive Discipline parenting books by Dr. Jane Nelsen.  Free child minding is offered to parents attending the session as well as a light meal. 
  • Play Time: Play time is a parented stay and play program that engages parents in their child’s healthy development through play. Stay and Play is currently offered Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 10:30 am to 11:30 am.   Children from babies to the age of 5 can participate.
  • Homework Help: Homework Help is provided to children ages 5-12 on Thursdays from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Program staff and volunteers assist children with any homework they may have and further engage children through age appropriate literacy and numeracy activities.
  • Family Allies: Family Allies provides case management to 40 vulnerably housed families and their children (over 100 individuals) each year and addresses their need to stabilize and maintain adequate housing. Once the family is stably housed, staff support them to set goals and identify strategies for improving family functioning issues that they want to address. The program currently receives funding from the Butler Family Foundation, the Edmonton Community Foundation and the Stollery Charitable Foundation.
  • Family Ties: Family Ties supports families with at least one child aged 7-18 who are at-risk of involvement with Child and Family Services address their family functioning issues and connects them to community services and supports. The Family Ties program is currently funding through Edmonton Region Child and Family Services.

The YMCA Family Resource Centre also offers Speciality Kitchens, day camps, children’s cooking and recreation programs.   Please check out the Program Guide for more information.

For more information on programs offered or to register, please call the YMCA Family Resource Centre at (780) 426-9265.

  • Mother and Sons
    Melcor YMCA Village

    The Melcor YMCA Village helps people who have housing affordability needs and would benefit from a lower rent. Rents are fixed at a rate which is at least 10% below the market rents for the area.

  • Woman at Desk
    Downtown YMCA Housing

    In 1908, the YMCA in Downtown Edmonton had 13 bedrooms and served single young men, mostly newcomers to the city. Today our four-floor housing facility has more than 100 rooms and serves men, women and families and can accommodate up to 120 individuals at one time.

  • Man speaking with family about housing supports.
    Housing Support

    The YMCA offers a variety of programs aimed at strengthening the foundations of community, from outreach programs to housing support services. For more information, check out our community programs and housing initiatives guide.