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    Support Services

    Home Suite Hope offers the following programs that provide financial support to single-parents and their children. These programs focus on providing our single parents with the resources to pave better futures for themselves and their families.

    Stabilizing First Halton (SFH) & Homeward Bound Halton (HBH)

    Stabilizing First Halton (SFH) is a one-year program designed to help homeless or precariously housed single parent families with stabilizing their situation. With a rental subsidy, goal-oriented intensive case management, an onboarding workshop, life skills training and wrap around supports, parents are given the opportunity to take a moment, make a plan, and focus on the tasks at hand to stabilize their lives. Stabilizing First Halton programming aims to provide participants and families with supports and programming so they feel confident and equipped to pursue their goals. 

    Stabilizing First Halton is a preparatory program for the Homeward Bound Halton  program. All participants must successfully complete Stabilizing First Halton before transitioning into HBH. At the one year mark, participants that exemplify the aptitude and attitude to pursue Homeward Bound Halton will be invited to do so, or the participant develops an exit strategy with their Case Manager.  

    Homeward Bound Halton (HBH) is the first Canadian replication of Woodgreen’s award-winning program Homeward Bound in Toronto. It is designed to provide the opportunity to secure employment through earning a post-secondary education. This program is an up 3 year program with a full scholarship to complete a two-year diploma at Sheridan College. Employment support is provided after graduation and professional development training is complete to enhance important work skills. There are two Homeward Bound Halton Streams, (1) Academic Training, a course list developed through a market research study of employable programs, and (2) Jill of All Trades, a course list of employment in trades sector. 

    Stabilizing First Halton and Homeward Bound Halton Program Phases 

    1. Stabilization – through Stabilizing First Halton 
    2. College 
    3. Intensive Job Search 
    4. Employment

     

    Homeward Bound Halton Youth Pilot  

    The Homeward Bound Halton Youth Pilot program was built using similar core program elements and program milestones as our successful Homeward Bound Halton program. It aims to support single, youth parents ages 17-24 years old develop the confidence and ability to achieve independence and provide for their families. 

    Homeward Bound Halton Youth (HBH-Y) is an up to 4-year employment-based program that is designed to support low income, single youth parents by giving them the opportunity to secure employment through earning a post-secondary education. Participants receive a year to complete foundational trainings and life skills workshops to prepare to enter into post-secondary school, a full scholarship to complete a 2-year diploma program at Sheridan College, professional development and employment supports, and a transition strategy once employment is secured. Home Suite Hope also offers participants wrap-around supports by way of referrals, intensive case management, individualized service plans, and Life Skills programming, all the while striving to cultivate a sense of support and community for the individuals and families that we work with. On a case-by-case basis, housing rental subsidies are available to participants throughout the program. 

    *Referrals and Applications for the Homeward Bound Halton Youth Pilot program are closed.

     

    TO APPLY, please see the “How to Apply” tab below. 

    HBH: Academic Training

    Participants are able to pursue a program from the HBH Approved Course List, which contains 19 academic courses that were selected based on a labour market analysis. Many of the programs are focused on business, technology, finances, and engineering and technician roles. Depending on the academic program, Sheridan offers their classes at the Trafalgar Campus (Oakville), Davis Campus (Brampton), or Hazel McCallion Campus (Mississauga).

    HBH: Jill of All Trades

    Participants are able to pursue a skills trade academic program, including Tool Making, Welding, and Electrical. Historically, women are drawn to stereotypically gendered professions that result in the obtainment of precarious employment – low paid, without benefits, irregular hours, etc. The shortage of skilled workers in various trades has created exciting and meaningful job opportunities for women. Jill of All Trades is an attempt to give women not only access to education but access to a profession that is in very high demand. Sheridan offers their classes at the Davis Campus (Brampton).

    It costs on average $47,250 per participant per year. While this investment appears to be large, the long term payout is tremendous. This intervention has the potential to disrupt generational reliance on social assistance as the mother and child(ren)’s lives are permanently changed.

    How to Apply

    If you would like to apply to Stabilizing First Halton, please download and complete the attached Stabilizing First Application and Consent Form. All completed forms can be submitted by email to [email protected], “Attn: Home Suite Hope Application” 

     If you would like to apply to the Homeward Bound Halton Youth Pilot program, please download and complete the attached Homeward Bound Halton Youth Pilot Application and Referral Form. This is not a self-referral application and a referring Community Worker must complete the required section. All completed forms can be submitted by email to [email protected], “Attn: Home Suite Hope – HBHY”.  

    ALL HOMEWARD BOUND HALTON YOUTH PILOT APPLICATIONS AND REFERRALS ARE DUE BY FRIDAY, JULY 3, 2020. 

    Home Suite Hope is not an emergency shelter. Please contact 311 if you’re in need of emergency accommodations.