“To empower individuals to be engaged with the community and achieve personal independence by providing access to resources and life skills. ”
For the past 30 years, Progressive Housing Society has been a leading provider of supportive housing services to individuals in Burnaby struggling with mental illness or homelessness. All Mental Health Programs are designed to provide persons with serious and persistent mental illnesses the opportunity to live as independently as possible, in an affordable residential environment of choice, compatible with their individual needs. Support Workers work in teams of three and generally work with people on a rotational basis. Appointments are a minimum of once per month and a maximum of two times per week. The amount of support varies according to need. Services are determined through mutual planning with participants and their Case Managers at Burnaby Mental Health Services. All referrals for these programs must be made through the Community Residential Coordinator at Burnaby Mental Health and Addiction Services. Focus is on assisting clients in developing and maintaining skills and accessing community resources in order to enhance their recovery. There is generally no time limit on how long participants may receive support. As long as participants follow their Mental Health Plan and continue to work on goals, support is provided. PHS provides support and housing services to clients according to their individual needs and preferences. Supported Independent Living Program (SIL) The SIL program is funded by the Fraser Health Authority and provides support and rent subsidies. SIL’s goal is to help individuals with a severe and persistent mental illness develop the skills necessary to...
How We Can Help Engage with unsheltered individuals dealing with homelessness and provide support services to help stabilize lives. Connect with individuals with no income, including making and going with individuals to appointments to seek income. Assist individuals to locate a rental unit, apply to social housing, and set up new home with furniture. Provide follow-up support that ensures individuals have effectively transitioned to housing and are receiving appropriate health and social service programs and services. Provide support services to improve skills, personal health and hygiene, household management, financial management, crisis intervention and problem solving and provide follow-up related to these areas. Liaise with and refer to community agencies, groups, organizations and businesses. Homeless People may experience a number of threats to a happy and healthy life: Poor nutrition Sleep deprivation Constant threat of harm Drug or alcohol addictions Untreated mental illness Poor hygiene Loss of family/friends/work/relationship/house Social stigma – current political views, prejudice & basic lack of understanding Why are People Homeless? Outreach workers estimate that 250-300 people in Burnaby are dealing with the issue of homelessness right now. They each have their own story. But every story has the same elements: addiction, mental illness, not enough income, or inability to get low-cost housing, Without housing, their hopes of stabilizing and improving the quality of their lives is low. Welfare payments and other government income assistance do help, but the maximum housing allowance available to a single person on welfare is $375 per...
Progressive Housing Society provides support and housing services to clients with severe and persistent mental illness and individuals who are homeless or face homelessness. All of our programs are designed to support clients according to their individual needs and preferences. Our Homeless Outreach and Mental Health Supported Housing Programs assist clients in developing and maintaining the skills needed to live independently in the community.
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Progressive Housing Society is a registered non-profit charity in Burnaby which has been delivering support services to adults living with mental illness and with issues relating to homelessness since 1981. We promote wellness and provide direct support to these individuals so that they may live independently in the community.
In the early 1980s, Progressive Housing Society was incorporated, and we purchased three houses to serve the needs of 15 mental health clients.