Development of supportive housing for seniors

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Title: Development of supportive housing for seniors
Author: Kauppi, Carol; Shaikh, Arshi; Pallard, Henri
Abstract: An unprecedented demographic shift cha- racterized by a substantial increase in the population of seniors is occurring in Ontario, Canada. In order to meet the changing housing and health care needs of seniors, a community driven supportive housing com- plex was constructed in Iroquois Falls, a small town situated in northeastern Ontario. This study had the following objectives: (i) to review the processes, including legal and regulatory require- ments, involved in the establishment of the seniors' supportive housing complex, and (ii) to analyse the challenges and solutions devised during its concep- tualization and implementation. Site visits, a review of policy documents, and semi-structured interviews with multiple stakeholders were conducted over a period of four months. The findings revealed several key elements that ensured the successful establishment of the suppor- tive housing complex for seniors. These elements included adequate identification of needs in the com- munity, unique and solid partnerships among mul- tiple stakeholders, a strong commitment among part- ners to provide affordable and supportive housing to seniors, support from the broader community, avail- ability of funding, and alignment of the priorities of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
Date: 2013

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