Capital Health’s 250 Homes - a safe, affordable housing and case management initiative for individuals living with Mental Illness - was launched in 2007 as a pilot project in partnership with Killam Properties and Capital Health's Mental Health Program. Killam subsidized 10 apartment units for $100 to $135 a month for individuals living with mental illness. These individuals were identified and supported through case management by Capital Health.
A 2-Minute Story About 250 Homes
"When I moved in they had a housewarming party for me."
The 250 Homes project supports the hopes and dreams of people with a mental illness.
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"Everyone benefited: clients got a safe, clean and secure apartment at a rate they could never afford otherwise; Killam filled apartments that were vacant, " says Jeremy Jackson, Vice-President, Marketing and Sales, Killam Properties, Inc.
Today, Capital Health's 250 Homes program is thriving: five partner landlords are subsidizing 83 units, 43 of which are provided by Killam; many more people are realizing their dream of living independently in the community and staying well; and model tenants are capturing the imagination of commercial property owners on how to keep their occupancy at sustainable levels.
The success of Capital Health's 250 Homes initiative has encouraged Killam to structure partnerships with other affordable housing agencies, which include St. Leonard's, which operates the local emergency shelters, two of which are Metro Turning Point and Phoenix House. Killam and other Investment Property Owners Association of Nova Scotia members are providing over 100 units to these agencies, with a growth rate of 4-5 per month.
In November 2010, 250 Homes was recognized by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) at a National Awards ceremony in Ottawa. Members of the Mental Health Program and a tenant joined representatives of Killam Properties, Halifax, to accept the award at the 2010 Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation Housing Awards Program, Best Practices in Affordable Housing: Recognizing Leadership from the Private Sector.
Liz Cleary, 250 Homes program coordinator said, upon receiving the award, "We are so pleased to receive this prestigious award with Killam. Together - tenants, property owners and staff - we are creating a vibrant community that encourages the hopes and dreams of people living with mental illness."