Housing & Resettlement Services

The final step in each family’s journey to freedom is our Transitional Housing and Resettlement Program support. Our Transitional Housing and Resettlement Program helps women in the shelter and from the community find safe, affordable housing. Our Resettlement Coordinator works with each family and provides support finding subsidized housing, private marketing housing or advice on handling housing issues.

There are 3 components to our Housing and Resettlement Services:

The Her Home Housing Project

Interval House works with private landlords to offer women in our BESS program rent-geared-to-income apartments for one year. Along with the coaching they receive in our BESS program, participants receive resettlement counselling to ensure a smooth transition. The goal of the program is to help women transition to paying full market rent after her one-year lease is up.

Our current landlord partners are Minto Management Limited, CAPREIT, and Oxford Properties. With the help of the Federation of Rental-housing Providers of Ontario, we are recruiting more landlords to participate, and have expanded the Her Home Housing Project to Ottawa and Hamilton.

 Housing Workshops

We also offer housing workshops, focusing on:

  • Housing realities
  • Housing rights and responsibilities 
  • Housing options, including Special Priority Program, market housing, social housing, non-profit housing, co-ops and affordable rent-geared housing units
  • Effective housing searches
  • Financial assistance 
  • Housing maintenance and landlord relations including getting repairs done, managing costs and rules regarding rent increases
  • Eviction Prevention
  • Moving, including rules regarding breaking a lease, affordable movers and furniture banks

Resettlement Services

We help women find and move into an apartment, and we give them maps of their new neighbourhood, showing daycare and community centres, walk-in clinics and 24-hour transit lines.
Interval House has a Household Boutique, containing small appliances and household goods to help women make their new house feel like a home.

And we celebrate! We have resident reunions twice per year – a holiday party and a summer picnic. Families reconnect, draw support from each other and celebrate their journey to freedom.