How We Do It
OUR VETERANS VILLAGES
Calgary, Alberta: 908 ATCO Village opened on November 1, 2019 and is now home to 15 formerly homeless veterans as they transition back into mainstream society.
Each of the fifteen (15) homes built by our partner ATCO have a footprint of 275 square feet and are fully supplied with all the features of a larger home, including:
- a small, but functional, kitchen includes a fridge, oven, sink, built-in storage, a breakfast bar and a workstation.
- a three-piece bathroom featuring a shower/tub, toilet, sink and additional storage.
- a living area that includes a dual function sofa / Murphy Bed and storage.
- basic cable and Wi-Fi. Shaw has donated a cell phone and laptop computer for each resident.
Edmonton, Alberta: The ATCO Evansdale Homes For Heroes Village is currently in the pre-planning stages with the City of Edmonton.
This Village will have 20 homes will be similar but with a footprint under 300 square feet including a separate bedroom.
If we are to end homelessness among Canada’s veterans we will need to build two or more villages in every major city across the country. We are currently working on securing sites for villages in Halifax, Kingston, Hamilton, London, Winnipeg, and Vancouver.
Together we can end homelessness among Canada’s veterans.
Our Process: At Homes For Heroes we endorse the concepts of “Housing First” and “Harm Reduction” providing wrap-around service delivery through a team-based, collaborative case management approach. We partner with local social agencies who sponsor veterans into the Homes For Heroes program and then offer the structured, yet nurturing environment, required to ensure positive emotional, psychological, and physical development for our veterans.
- Needs Analysis: Together with Veterans Affairs Canada, our team of service providers implement specialized social, physical, emotional and employment support to transition veterans-in-need back into their communities. As veterans are recommended into the village, the team meets with each individual to prepare a detailed needs analysis and define a program to best serve the prospective resident.
- Case Manager Assignment: Once a candidate has been verified, a Case Manager is assigned to each veteran by Veterans Affairs Canada. When a veteran in the program needs specific supports such as financial advice, mental health counselling, addictions recovery, or family reintegration, an individualized service plan will be developed. Case managers are assigned with: Creating treatment plans, identifying employment opportunities, helping the veteran to become independent
- Reintegration: Residency in the village will be transitional, with the goal of having each veteran leave the village and re-enter mainstream society employed, stable and self-sufficient. Once they have left our village, our “graduates” will be asked to return to mentor the veteran who has taken their place.
- Click here for a list of our social services partners
- Click here for a list of our building partners