We are providing housing options for adults who were homeless who otherwise after completing addiction treatments would go back into being homeless. After they are settled in their new housing, we are offering them support in areas such as case management, employment, prevention of relapse, Aboriginal healing, life skills, in order to provide assistance with keeping their sobriety and housing.
Keys to Recovery is helping vulnerable homeless adults who have finished addictions treatments by providing intensive, collaborative case management services, in conjunction with permanent, affordable housing.
To permanently end homelessness with dignity, compassion, and support for adults recovering from addictions.
Keys to Recovery was created in response to a gap in services provided to ending homelessness in Calgary. Chronically homeless men and women with addictions made a decision to reclaim their lives and voluntarily attended treatment centers. However, once their treatment was completed, many had no choice but to return to the streets where they were once again surrounded by violence, hopelessness, and people in active addiction. This oftentimes led to a return to drug and/or alcohol use and the cycle of addiction and homelessness continued. Members of the Addiction Sector saw a need for a program where these individuals could go after treatment completion and receive the intensive support that they needed to continue with their sobriety. Keys to Recovery was developed in 2010 to meet this need.
Clients are referred by treatment centers, mental health agencies, correction services, homeless shelters, and other housing providers. Priority is given to the most vulnerable individuals. Once accepted, clients are taken to view available apartments that Keys to Recovery leases. We offer Scattered-Site and Place-Based housing. Scattered-Site apartments are located in several market rental buildings in various communities in Calgary. We have three Place-Based apartment buildings where all the units are occupied by Keys to Recovery clients.
Once a client has chosen an apartment a move-in date is set. On move-in day, a Case Manager accompanies the client shopping for groceries and other household items. Their apartment is furnished with basic furniture that has been donated or pre-purchased.
After move in, the client is visited in their home to create goal plans, relapse prevention plans and assessments (in the area of addictions, vocational, cultural and immediate needs). Home visits are scheduled based on client need but occur at a minimum of a once/week. 24-hour emergency support is available to both clients and landlords.