A Vulnerable Setting: Congregate Housing For Adult Seniors Living With Severe Mental Illness
House of Compassion has been providing supportive housing to residents of Toronto for the last 30 years. We offer permanent high support housing (the most intensive form of supportive housing) to 21 adults who are living with severe and persistent mental illness. The 24-hour support that we provide enables our residents to live in the community with dignity, respect and hope.
Today we are facing extraordinary challenges. Covid-19 poses an incredible risk to our 21 residents, who are mostly seniors living in shared quarters with underlying health conditions. Unlike larger facilities and institutions, our home presents challenges that are unique to community-based settings; our residents’ bedrooms are compact and we depend upon our communal kitchen, dining room, living rooms and shared washrooms in the delivery of our services. The risks of exposure to COVID-19 for vulnerable populations such as ours who live in congregate settings is high and will be for some time to come.
This means that our best line of defense against COVID-19 at House of Compassion is Prevention. In an effort to ensure the continued safety of our residents and staff recently we have had to restrict all non-essential visitors to the house, equip our residents and staff with necessary personal protective equipment, enhance our cleaning and sanitation services and introduce many other measures to ensure the continued safety of everyone we house and employ at House of Compassion.
Today we are asking for your help. We are a small charity facing formidable challenges right now. We are presently incurring significant additional operating expenses in our response to COVID-19 and we will incur more over the coming months as we continue to fight for the safety of our residents and staff.
If we are successful in raising our goal of $4,800 we will be able to secure the personal protective equipment and sanitation supplies needed to ensure the continued safety of our residents and staff as we move forward through this pandemic.
To learn more about us please visit our website at: www.hoctoronto.com