4589 Adelaide Street, Port Alberni, BC V9Y 6N2 kuu-usexecutivedirector@shaw.ca 250-723-2323 EXT 229

A.H.O.P.E. Program

Transitional Housing Building

This program assists those persons who are homeless or at immediate risk of becoming homeless, as well as those that are chronic and episodically homeless to find housing. This involves providing a support system to include access to urgent/basic need items along with life skill development and teachings.

This program is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week by calling the Adult/Elder crisis line at 250-723-4050. Additional support is available through program staff consisting of the homeless coordinator, support worker and out reach staff.

This project assist participants to gain independent, safe and affordable housing. one of these initiatives a weekly housing registry of local Port Alberni Rental vacancies.         bedroomLiving Area of transitional housing

Services include personalized care plan development, eviction prevention, landlord/tenant mediation, assistance in applying for income assistance, disability(PWD) and obtaining employment insurance. Support includes accompanying clients to vacancy viewings and linking potential tenants and landlords. KUU-US established short and long term follow ups to keep individuals housed.

The project focuses on participants cultural beliefs, individuality, issues, and needs. Referrals to workshops addressing root causes to homelessness(ie:communication, resiliency, financial budgeting and shopping on a limited budget.) KUU-US helps clients find employment opportunities in working with local businesses in town. Volunteer opportunities are available for clients as well in local organizations in the valley.