Our Approach

The right housing, at the right time, in the right place, with the right level of support.

The Participant Journey

Number 1

Connect With SLWAR

Individuals referred to SLWAR complete and intake process to confirm their interest and eligibility.

Number 2

Secure Stable Housing

Participants are supported to search for, secure, and move into safe, stable housing.

Number 3

Anchor Into Community

Participants participate in in-home case management, work on their goals, and connect to services.

Number 4

Graduate From SLWAR

Participants engage in transition planning, graduate from SLWAR, and take part in check-ins post graduation.

For detailed information about program operations and the core components of a participant’s journey through the SLWAR program, please download the SLWAR Program Guide.

Housing Stability Is The Foundation Of Our Work

Participant petting her dog

We use a housing stability approach to assist individuals develop lasting housing stability. This means we:

  1. Help participants in housing crisis or experiencing homelessness move as quickly as possible into housing of their choice.
  2. Provide support to participants in their home, helping participants feel safe in their home, assisting participants to build skills to maintain their housing, and supporting participants through re-housing when needed.
  3. Model skills that support maintaining housing and working alongside a participant in their home, and then encouraging the participant to continue these activities on their own to maintain their housing.
  4. Remain focused first and foremost on helping participants maintain their housing and remain housed long-term, while also connecting participants to appropriate wraparound supports in the to address their unique needs and goals.
  5. Respect the choice to engage in sex work and ensuring they are able to do so safely and in a way that does not impact their housing stability.

“The whole point of a housing stability approach is for folks to eventually transition out because they do maintain housing stability and will be able to graduate from a housing program. It doesn’t mean they won’t always require supports for things like trauma, addiction, health, or mental health, but it will mean they don’t need support with housing.”

– SLWAR Leadership Team Member

Being Person-centred Is Ingrained In Everything We Do

Our approach

We use a person-centred approach that focuses on respecting the unique strengths and needs of each participant and customizing solutions to their experiences, situation, and needs. This means we:

  1. Help participants determine their own goals and needs, promote participant choice, and provide intentional connections based on what participants identify matters most to them.
  2. Seek to understand the unique needs of each participant and adjust our approach as we get to know the participants we support and what works best for them.
  3. Affirm the goals participants identify for themselves, acknowledging that goals may change and evolve, and empower participants to be the driver of their own journey.
  4. Respond participants’ right to make their own choices, listen to and respect what a participant says works best for them, and continue to support them without judgement or criticism.
  5. Recognize that the decisions, words, or actions of participants should not be taken personally; we are here to empower the participants we serve to take responsibility for their own lives.
  6. Leave our expectations at the door, regularly examine our own potential biases, practice unconditional positive regard for the participants we support, and accept participants as they are.

“We believe everyone has a right to housing, but it doesn’t mean we get to decide what the journey looks like. If we’re not person centred, we’re taking responsibility for their journey. We can’t support someone on their housing journey if their perspective isn’t centred in that journey.”

– SLWAR Leadership Team Member