Non-profit organization and philanthropists partner to create transitional housing in a small community
Hartog House offers 20 transitional housing units and support services to help residents find and maintain permanent housing. The project was built and is operated by Shelter Now — a non-profit organization with a mission to create emergency and transitional housing in the North Simcoe area.
Residents can stay at Hartog House for up to one year and access supports provided by Shelter Now and its partners — some of which rent space in the building, thereby generating revenue and contributing to operating costs. Residents have a safe and supportive place to regroup and focus on their goals, and eventually find permanent affordable housing in the community.
“I left an abusive marriage after 21 years and I became homeless, and then I came to Shelter Now,” explained former resident C.C. Philips, who has moved into permanent housing. “It was life-changing.”
“Today, my life is wonderful. I have a part-time job. I have my own apartment. I’m completely self-sufficient. It’s really changed my life completely,” she added.
CMHC’s Seed Funding helped to cover the costs of the preliminary design of the building and a business plan, which enabled Shelter Now to connect with a philanthropist whose support helped to secure other partners.
“Between Robbert Hartog and the Weber Foundation, they primarily funded the project, so that Seed Funding was a turning point in the project for us,” explained Sheila Storey, Executive Director, Shelter Now.
“Providing transitional housing is an investment in people, and it works,” added Storey. “We cannot build communities without people, and we cannot build them with only some people — we need to include everyone, including those who need a bit of help.”