Indigenous Supportive Housing (ISHP) program

Program Coordinators: Rachel Paterson, Kayla Girard

Phone: 519-371-1147



Indigenous Housing Outreach workers will assist individuals and families in securing safe, affordable and appropriate housing.  The ISHP support and emergency resources are available for individuals and families in crisis situations, transitioning out of hospital or living with the many challenges associated with homelessness within the community.

The Outreach Staff will co-design an individual plan with each participant as well as their critically important informal supports. The plans will be culturally sensitive and trauma-informed, assisting to identify challenges, highlight strengths and work together, towards important goals as determined by program participants.  The Indigenous Outreach workers will assist in:

  • obtaining housing,
  • moving,
  • transportation,
  • rent/utility supports and deposits, and
  • transitioning to other forms of housing including home-ownership.

As a partner agency in this project, Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre (SOAHAC) provides a wide range of wellness services to First Nations, Inuit and Metis people in Southwestern Ontario, including traditional healing, mental health and addictions services, and clinical services such as primary health care (nurse practitioners, physicians, registered nurse), diabetes education, nutrition, harm reduction services, and more.

Rachel Paterson – Indigenous Support Housing Program Worker
Office: (519) 371-1147 ext. 248
Cell: (519) 375-1468

Kayla Girard – Indigenous Support Housing Program Worker
Office: (519) 371-1147 ext. 256
Cell: (226) 379-8048

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