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  • #22266
    Alexandra Shannan
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    It’s so wonderful to see people sharing about their personal experiences and the desire to connect! I hope we can get more people using this forum this year.

    Thought I’d share the latest newsletter from the Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA). It focusses on 4 areas they will be watching closely this year, related to advancements for the right for affordable housing: https://www.equalityrights.org/cera-blog/4-ways-to-advance-the-right-to-housing-in-2021

    #22445
    Alexandra Shannan
    Participant

    Hi all,

    I have just learned of an upcoming webinar:

    Finding Your Housemate(s):Implementing Your Vision
    Do you have a housing plan? Are you looking for a housing partner?
    Don’t miss “Finding your Housemate(s): Implementing your Housing Vision”
    During this session:
    – You will have the chance to share your housing vision with other families
    – You can connect directly with families during this session
    – You can continue a private offline conversation with families should you choose

    Who Should Attend: This event is designed for families that are looking for a housing partner in either York Region or the Toronto area.

    Date and Time:
    January 26, 2021
    6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

    Space is limited, click here to register:
    https://conta.cc/34j3Ax0

    #22528
    RoseMRusso
    Participant

    Hi Alex, there is a lot in this to be hopeful for and thank you for sharing. Lots of potential good news to follow. I hope it all comes to fruition. I am so glad to be part of Connected Families, especially during this time. Hearing other people’s stories and the many discussions happening everywhere makes all the difference in the world.

    #22544
    Alexandra Shannan
    Participant

    Hi Rose,

    I”m happy to hear you’re finding this forum useful. It turns out, I’ll be at the event on the 26th! I’m excited to see how it goes!

    This is unrelated to networking, but related to housing…

    The City of Toronto has announced a new affordable rental housing opportunity in Scarborough Ontario:

    You can obtain more information and express interest here: https://www.dmsproperty.com/apartments-for-rent/23-thundergrove-ridgeford

    Expression of Interest – Closing Date January 25, 2020 at 5pm. Fill out the “Inquire Now” form to express interest.

    #22596
    Alexandra Shannan
    Participant
    #22600
    BRosebrugh
    Participant

    Thanks for keeping us up to date on this, Alex.

    #24495
    RoseMRusso
    Participant

    Hi Everyone, I hope you have all stayed safe during this difficult time. I was wondering if anyone could share something about the support circles around the people they support and how they came to be, either through facilitation or in some organic way from meeting people in the community, through volunteer or work, Church etc. I also wanted to ask if anyone knows of homes with divided apartments (at least 2) in York Region.

    #24501
    BRosebrugh
    Participant

    Hey Rose,
    Our support circle goes back quite a ways now. We started when our son was still young enough to work with the Toronto Family Network (TFN). As he aged out of that, P4P helped facilitate meetings and now Lights has bee involved too. But none of these supporters can set up the circle for you.

    Yes it is hard to ask people to get involved, but you might be surprised how people respond when just asked. Remember, you’re not asking them to your job as a parent, you’re just asking that they know your child and his circumstances.

    Our group isn’t extensive, but it includes a former neighbour who helped tutor when he was in university and our kid was in public school; his god-mother and her son; a cousin; another cousin’s husband, another neighbour, younger than our son but who has now grown up to be a teacher; and a former TFN summer student who stayed on as a friend and helper after the summer he was employed to help our son. Not everyone lives in Toronto, but Zoom helps with that. We meet 3 or 4 times a year at our house and have coffee and snacks just to catch up with what everyone is doing. When it’s not COVID we sometimes set up meetings for activities between our son and a circle member. That’s it so far… Hope that helps.

    #24503
    RoseMRusso
    Participant

    Hi Bruce, that was really helpful, thank you. I do have another question and it relates to why I asked this question in the first place. I am concerned that I already have to send or provide support for my kids wherever they go. Right now it’s paid help although these individuals have certainly had a personal investment, care and interest in my kids through their work. When it comes to housing I am concerned that a support circle of people who consider themselves friends and have a personal interest in the wellbeing and welfare of my kids be in place before they move anywhere. Not to provide direct support but to be part of a social circle. If I am sounding like a rookie it’s because I really am. Perhaps this is why some families start with having their kids live in a basement apartment in the family home first. I am just wondering if this is a prerequisites to really living in a home of their own. I know that they can’t live on their own and I am not sure if the two siblings being a brother and sister should live together either. Would you feel comfortable commenting on this as well?

    #24504
    BRosebrugh
    Participant

    Well I’m not an expert, and even experts are only good with kids they know…. But not knowing anything has never prevented me from commenting.😊
    Judging whether kids should move out or move to your basement is totally your feel for the situation. Same with Brother and sister dynamics. What I can say is that the social “Checking-in” function, if not a service function can be a real benefit of a circle. Unless there is a dedicated, appropriate-generation family member, I think service functions are going to be a professional issue with Passport funding. A circle isn’t going to get you day-to-day care, but it may get you a couple pairs of eyes to see that the day-to-day is appropriate. Hope that made sense.

    #24505
    RoseMRusso
    Participant

    Hi Bruce, yes that made perfect sense! Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experience! Looking forward to returning to this forum now that we are, hopefully, underway with starting our journey! So encouraging to read the stories of the housing projects and paths that people are working on!

    #24529
    Alexandra Shannan
    Participant

    Hi All,

    I received a note this week from a Special Needs Consultant/Facilitator working in several regions but currently working with a few families in the Peel region who are looking to connect with other families who may want to begin to discuss housing options. One family in particular is looking for a family home model. This person was looking for an active platform to connect with other families (not necessarily in the region of Peel) to discuss what creative housing options may be available through collaboration. I thought I would post here, in case it was of interest to folks here…

    Also, for those who may be interested, Christian Horizons is curently offering a How to Be a Good Roommate virtual workshop, details are available here: https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/mycommunityhub/Activity_Search/10525

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