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Nova Scotia Housing Toolkit

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The Housing Toolkit will provide individuals and their families information about housing options in their province and what supports are available to them.
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Helping individuals with Autism and their families navigate the Nova Scotia housing support system.

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Acknowledgments

The Housing Toolkit was written and designed by Autism Nova Scotia. The organization would like to thank the Government of Nova Scotia for their support and feedback during the review process.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our partners, AIDE Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada for their funding and support during the creation of the Housing Toolkit.

Copyright © 2021. Autism Nova Scotia

The Housing Toolkit

Index

The Housing Toolkit Index

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Where to Start

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Nova Scotia

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What is the Department of Community Services

4

How do I decide what is the best option?

5

How to apply for support?

6

What is the Disability Support Program?

7

Deciding where to live

8

What housing options are available for adults?

9

What support is available for adult housing?

10

Licensed Housing Options

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Unlicensed Housing Options

12

What is the Income Assistance Program?

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Housing NS

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Applying for the Income Assistance Program

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Housing NS Programs

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Housing NS-Housing Options

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Housing NS- Funding Options

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I have more questions-where do I go?

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Where to start?

What is the Housing Toolkit?

The Housing Toolkit helps individuals with autism and their families learn how

to access housing and funding in Nova Scotia.

The Housing Toolkit explains:

Who to reach out to for help

How to reach out for help

How an individual qualifies for help

Housing Options

Funding Options

Support Options

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IndexNova Scotia

The goal of the Housing Toolkit is to help explain the services and supports available in Nova Scotia for individuals with autism and their support network.

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What is the Department of Community Services?

Department of Community Services

 

Child, Youth

 

 

Employment

 

 

Disability

 

 

 

Support & Income

 

 

 

& Family Support

 

 

 

 

Support Program

 

 

 

Assistance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Community

 

Income Assistance

 

Flex Individualized

 

Residential Services.

 

Employment

 

 

Funding Program

 

 

 

Alternative Family

 

 

 

 

 

 

Children in Care.

 

 

Support Services

 

 

Program

Alternative Family

 

 

 

 

Direct Family Support

 

 

 

 

 

for Children

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Care.

 

 

 

 

Licensed Homes for

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special Care

 

 

 

 

 

 

Independent Living

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Support

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How do I decide what is the best option?

Care Coordinator

A Care Coordinator will help an individual find the best funding and support option for them.

Role of the Care Coordinator:

The Care Coordinator will be assigned after an individual calls the Department of Community Services to set up an intake appointment.

The Care Coordinator will work with each individual to complete a financial and functional needs assessment.

The Care Coordinator will determine how much assistance is available for an individual after their assessments are completed.

The Care Coordinator will determine what housing option is available for an individual based on their assessment.

The Care Coordinator will work with an individual to access supports should their requested housing option be unavailable.

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How to apply for support?

Who to contact:

When determining an individual’s eligibility they must contact the Department of Community Services (DCS) to access the Disability Support Program for an intake appointment to set up a functional and financial assessment.

Learn how to contact Department of Community Services (DCS)

CALL DCS

1-877-424-1177

0-18 years

19+ years

Ask for Direct Family Support for Adults.

Leave a message for intake Community Services will call back to ask questions about the individual’s needs.

If DCS believes you are eligible for the program they will send out medical forms to be filled out by physician.

DCS will contact you to set up an in-home assessment.

After your assessment there will be a wait period to determine eligibility.

Ask for Direct Family Support for Children Leave a message for intake.

DCS will call back to ask questions about the individual’s needs, family income, and household.

If DCS believes you are eligible for the program they will send a package: consent forms, personal information forms, basic information on family, verification of income.

DCS will contact you to set up an in-home assessment.

After your assessment there will be a waiting period to determine eligibility for Direct Family Support.

*If not found eligible you can request a review of your application.

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What is the Disability Support Program?

The Disability Support Program is part of the Department of Community Services. They help individuals who are eligible with receiving disability related supports, funding, and supported housing.

Direct Family

 

Independent

 

Flex

 

Alternative

 

Housing

Support for

 

 

Individualized

 

Family Support

 

 

Living

 

 

 

Options

Children

 

 

Funding Program

 

Program

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Respite support

 

Community

 

Individualized

 

Supports

 

• Independent

for families who

 

based living

 

funding to those

 

persons with

 

Living Options.

meet the income

 

option that

 

living at home

 

disabilities in

 

 

 

 

with their families

 

 

• Alternative

criteria with

 

provides

 

 

an approved,

 

 

 

or who live

 

 

Family Program.

a child with a

 

funding for

 

 

private family

 

 

 

independently

 

 

 

 

 

 

• Licensed homes

disability under

 

support

 

with support from

 

own that is not

 

18 years old.

 

services.

 

their support

 

their family’s

 

for special care.

 

 

 

 

networks.

 

home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All Disability Support Programs require an application for approval as

well as a functional assessment and an income assessment.

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Deciding where to live.

How to choose a housing option?

The Disability Support Program (DSP) will assign a Care Coordinator to work with an individual and their family to determine what the best option is for them.

Criteria to receive funding/housing help:

1.Have a confirmed diagnosis of a developmental and/or intellectual disability, long term mental health illness, and/or physical disability.

2.Complete a functional assessment with a Care Coordinator to determine the amount of support an individual will need.

3.Complete a financial assessment with a Care Coordinator to determine an individual’s current income

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What DSP housing options are available for adults?

What is Housing?

Housing is where someone lives. There are different options for where an individual can live. The Disability Support Program provides funding to individuals to help find a home that meets their support needs.

Licensed Options:

1.Small Option Home

2.Group Home

3.Developmental Residence

4.Residential Care Facility

5.Adult Residential Centre

6.Regional Rehabilitation Centre

Unlicensed Options:

1.Living with their family/support network

2.Living alone/with a roommate

3.Living with alternative family

4. Living in a community home

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What support is available for adult housing?

Housing Options:

This graphic displays all of the housing options available to adult individuals through the Disability Support Program.

Independent Living Support/ Flex Individualized Funding:

Live independently or with a roommate and receive up to 31 hours/week of support.

Live at home or with your support network and receive funding support to help support your individuals needs.

Disability Support Program Housing Options

Alternative Family Support

Live with another family in their home! Receive the help you need in a supportive family environment.

Licensed Home for Special Care

Residential Support Options are staffed based on the level of need:

• Small Option Home

• Group Home

Developmental Residence

Residential Care Facility

Adult Residential Centre

Regional Rehabilitation Centre

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Licensed Housing Options

Licensed Home for Special Care Options:

The Housing Options below are funded by the Disability Support program.

The support would include food, rent, and personal supplies for each individual.

Small Option Home

Live with 3-4 other people in a house in the community.

Supported by staff.

Group Home

Live with 6-15 other people in a home with support staff.

Developmental

Residence

Live with 4 - 10 individuals who require moderate to high levels of support with activities of daily living, home routine and community activities with a focus on skill development. Supported by 24/7 staffing.

Residential Care

Facility

Live with 12 - 31 people who require minimal support with activities of daily living, home routine and community activities. Support Staff on site.

Regional Rehabilitation

Centre

Housing option for 20+ individuals with intensive behaviour that challenges & skill development needs. Supported by staff 24/7

Adult Residential

Centre

Support Centre for those who need extra assistance.

Staffing is provided 24 hours/7 days a week to provide structured supports and services to individuals.

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Unlicensed Housing Options

Unlicensed Options:

Unlicensed home options are different than Licensed Homes.

An individual and their support network are responsible for finding housing

The Disability Support Program will provide a certain amount of money to help pay for support workers, rent, food, and utilities.

For more information about the Flex Individualized Funding Program, Independent Living Support Program or Alternative Family Support Program, please discuss with your DSP Care Coordinator.

 

 

Live in a

Live on your own

 

community home

 

 

 

 

 

 

Live in an apartment by yourself.

Have up to 31 hours a week of support.

Live with 2 or more other individuals in a home with support staff organized by your support network.

Live with an

Alternative Family

Live with another family other than your own.

Have a supportive family environment to help if needed.

Live with a roommate

Live with another person in an apartment or house.

Have 31 hours a week of support.

Live with your family/support network

Live with your family or support network

Receive funding to help with basic needs and rent

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What is the Employment Support & Income Assistance Program?

The Employment Support & Income Assistance Program

Is part of the Department of Community Services. They help individuals who are eligible with receiving support & funding.

Employment

Support Program

This program helps people on Income Assistance to become more self-sufficient.

Basic or

Special Needs

Basic or Special Needs Assistance can cover these items below & more:

Transportation, childcare, eyeglasses, special diets, emergency dental care, funeral costs, prescription drug coverage, emergency shelter, emergency fuel to heat your home, a damage deposit to rent an apartment, furniture, & school supples, etc.

Benefit for Children

Child Tax Benefit:

This refers to

Canada Child Benefit and the NS Child

Benefit, neither of which are provided by Employment Support and Income Assistance.

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Who to contact:

Applying for the

Income Assistance Program

When determining an individual’s eligibility they must contact the Department of Community Services (DCS) for an intake appointment.

Applying for the Income Assistance Program

Learn how to contact DCS for help:

Call: 1-877-424-1177

Let them know you want to apply for Income

Assistance. When you call have this information nearby:

Bank statement for your account.

SIN #

NS Health Care #

Information about financial and family situation.

A caseworker will call to set up a meeting.

Bring to the meeting:

All members of households Health Card’s

All members of households SIN #

At the meeting the caseworker will have you fill out the ESIA Intake/Application Form

After the meeting with your

Care Coordinator you will find out in

3-7 days if you are eligible.

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Housing NS

What is Housing NS:

Housing NS is responsible for public housing and housing support programs for the province of Nova Scotia.

Your Care Coordinator may recommend Housing NS as an option for you or your family depending on what your needs are.

Housing NS Offices:

1.Central Zone (Halifax): 1-902-424-5110

2.Northern Zone (New Glasgow): 1-902-755-5065

3.Eastern Zone(Sydney): 1-902-563-2120

4.Western Zone (Middleton): 1-902-825-3481

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Housing NS Programs

Housing Nova Scotia:

Housing NS has options for living as well as programs to support

families and individuals in need of financial help.

 

Housing Options

 

 

Funding Programs

 

 

 

 

 

1.

Public Housing for Families

 

1.

Rent Supplement Program

2.

Co-operative Housing

 

2.

Disability Residential

 

 

Rehabilitation Assistance

3.

Non-profit Housing

 

 

 

 

Program

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.

Housing Repair or

 

 

 

 

Modification Programs

 

 

 

4.

Canada-NS Target Housing

 

 

 

 

Benefit

 

 

 

5.

Small Loan Assistance

 

 

 

 

Program

 

 

 

 

 

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Housing NS - Housing Options

Housing Options:

Housing NS has a number of housing options to fit individual and families living needs.

Public Housing

for Families

Low-income families can apply:

Rental rates do not exceed 25% of family’s total gross income.

Home comes with stove, refrigerator Some home include heat and hot water.

Co-operative Housing

Low-income housing option for families and individuals:

Housing options owned and managed by resident.

Monthly rent determined by annual household income.

Non-profit Housing

Low-income housing option for families and individuals:

Housing options owned and managed by the non-profit organization.

Monthly rent determined by annual household income of the renter.

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Housing NS - Funding Options

Funding Options:

Housing NS has options to support families and individuals in need of financial

assistance with rent, renovations, or emergency funds.

Rent

 

Housing Repair

 

Canada-NS

 

Disability Residential

 

Small Loan

Supplement

 

or Modification

 

Target Housing

 

Rehabilitation

 

Assistance

Program

 

Program

 

Benefit

 

Assistance Program

 

Program

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rental subsidy for

 

Housing NS has

 

For low-income

 

Homeowners:

 

Program to improve

low-income families

 

programs to

 

families or

 

Provides up to

 

conditions of home

living in Housing NS

 

improve

 

individuals

 

$16,000 for home

 

by providing low

housing options:

 

housing conditions

 

living in Public

 

owners who need

 

interest loan:

Based on annual

 

for home owners:

 

Housing or on the

 

to make home

 

Maximum of $20,000

 

Provincial &

 

wait-list:

 

accessible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

loan available.

household income.

 

 

Monthly benefit

 

Landlords:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emergency Housing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Provides up to

 

 

 

 

Repair Program.

 

paid to applicants

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$16,000 to make

 

 

 

 

Family Modest

 

who spend at least

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rental-unit more

 

 

 

 

Housing Program.

 

30% of their gross

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

accessible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

income on rent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I have more questions - where do I go?

If you are looking for more information, use this list of resources:

Department of Community Services

https://novascotia.ca/coms/

Disability Support Program

https://novascotia.ca/coms/disabilities/index.html

Child, Youth, and Family Supports

https://novascotia.ca/coms/families/index.html

Income Assistance and Employment Support

https://novascotia.ca/coms/employment/index.html

Direct Family Support for Children (DFSC) Program Income Guidelines

https://novascotia.ca/coms/disabilities/DFSCIncomeGuidelines.html

Housing Nova Scotia

https://housing.novascotia.ca/

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