John McLernon, Streetohome Board Chair, is the first to applaud innovation and efficiency. He’s been a fan of Co:Here Housing since its start, recognizing the innovative design for providing communal spaces that promote opportunities of mutual support and a sense of community to flourish among the diverse residents.
“We can’t keep doing what we’re doing if we truly wish to create a marked impact on homelessness,” says John. “We need to use the knowledge we’ve gained, and be creative in what we build and how we support people. Ask yourself what you have readily available that hasn’t been tapped.”
That’s what Grandview Calvary Baptist Church and Salsbury Community Society asked themselves. They had a community with a willingness to share their lives with others and support those in need, and an underutilized land asset. And so, Co:Here Housing was conceived.
We hope you enjoyed reading about this innovative model embracing neighbourly mutual support instead of publicly-funded wraparound services to help their diverse community thrive; and Tim’s thoughtful efforts to build on Co:Here’s work to ensure shared living becomes an option in communities across Canada.
Rob Turnbull, Ph.D., CHE
President & CEO