Cota’s Health, Home & Community initiative aims to inspire positive change in the lives of Toronto Housing residents at 220 Oak

Cota’s Health, Home & Community initiative aims to inspire positive change in the lives of Toronto Housing residents at 220 Oak

December 01, 2014

​A new Cota pilot project launched today will deliver on-site health supports to residents of a Toronto Community Housing building in the downtown east. By working together, Cota and Toronto Community Housing hope to create and foster opportunities that contribute to improved well-being for residents and neighbourhood quality of life.

Under the Health, Home and Community initiative, an integrated staff team will deliver services to residents at 220 Oak Street six days a week. The pilot project aims to build a sense of community within the building and engage with individuals who may benefit from supports that Cota has to offer. Supports will focus on providing assistance to residents in order to reduce potentially costly crisis interventions, including emergency department visits, and paramedic and police calls.

The pilot project will run from December 1, 2014 to November 30, 2015.  The implementation and impact of the service will be evaluated throughout the life of the pilot. Cota and Toronto Community Housing hope to sustain the initiative beyond its initial phase.

Quotes

“Cota is very excited to launch the Health, Home and Community initiative at 220 Oak St.  We are committed to working collaboratively with Toronto Community Housing and other key stakeholders to inspire positive change in the lives of the tenant population of this building.  We are confident that this project will demonstrate that the commitment to the provision of dedicated on-site supports, within a social housing context, results not only in improved outcomes for the most vulnerable residents, but also in a positive impact that can be felt across the broader health and social service systems.” 

—Paul Bruce, Executive Director, Cota

“Like everyone else in Toronto, residents of Toronto Community Housing buildings deserve to live in safe, vibrant, healthy communities. Working together with tenants, Toronto Community Housing and Cota are launching a new partnership at 220 Oak Street that aims to bring the supports people need right into the community. This initiative is a great example of how a social housing provider and a community support service can work together to create safe, liveable communities where people can thrive.”

—Greg Spearn, President and CEO (Interim), Toronto Community Housing

About Cota
Cota (www.cotainspires.ca) is an accredited non-profit provider of community-based supports and services for people living with mental health and cognitive challenges. Cota’s vision is a supportive and inclusive society in which all people have equal opportunity to live, thrive and enjoy the full benefits of belonging within their communities.

About Toronto Community Housing
Toronto Community Housing​ is Canada’s largest provider of social housing, delivering homes for 58,500 households with low and moderate incomes. By providing clean, safe, well-maintained and affordable housing, Toronto Community Housing builds better homes, better neighbourhoods and a better Toronto for all.

Media Contacts
Cota: Sarah Baez, 416-785-9230 ext. 1189 or baez_s@cotainspires.ca 
Toronto Community Housing: Sara Goldvine, 416-981-4252 or media@torontohousing.ca

TCHC Staff, Toronto Police and 220 Oak Street residents pose for a photo at Cota’s Health, Home & Community initiative.

Paul Bruce, Executive Director, Cota (second from right), Barry Thomas, Operating Unit Manager (third from left), Andrea Austen, Director of Resident Access and Support (fourth from left), Toronto Police Service (51 Division - Community Response Unit) and 220 Oak Street residents stop for a photo at Cota’s Health, Home & Community initiative.

 Andrea Austen, Director of Resident Access and Support, speaks to residents at 220 Oak Street.

Andrea Austen, Director of Resident Access and Support, speaks at 220 Oak Street.

Cota members and Toronto Police Service pose for a photo at the launch event for Cota's pilot project.

(From left to right) Cota members Norine Thompson, Manager, Mental Health Services, , Luba Senkiw, Peer Support Specialist, Donald Ford, Supportive Housing Worker, Carole Eastman, Addictions Case Manager, Jennifer Rosser, Peer Support Specialist, Paul Bruce, Executive Director, Sue Blakeley, Mental Health Case Manager, and Toronto Police Service (51 Division - Community Response Unit) gather to launch Cota's pilot project.​