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Prince Edward Island Housing Toolkit

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Helping individuals with Autism and their families navigate the Prince Edward Island housing support system.

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The Housing Toolkit

Helping individuals with Autism and their families navigate the Prince Edward Island housing support system.

The Housing Toolkit

Acknowledgments

This Toolkit was written and designed by Autism Nova Scotia. The organization would like to thank the staff of the Stars for Life Foundation, Community Connections Inc., and the Government of Prince Edward Island 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

1

Where to Start?

2

Prince Edward Island

3

What is the Department of Social Development & Housing

4

AccessAbility Support Program

5

How to apply for AccessAbility Support

6

Who to ask for help when deciding on housing options?

7

Deciding where to live

8

Licensed Housing Options

9

Unlicensed Housing Options

10

Non-Profit Housing Options

11

PEI Housing

12

PEI Housing Support Programs

13

PEI Housing-Housing Options

14

PEI Housing-Funding Options

15

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 Prince Edward Island.

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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IndexPrince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island

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

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What is the Department

of Social Development & Housing?

The Department of Social Development & Housing (DSDH) is part of the Government of Prince Edward Island. DSDH helps individuals and families through 5 different programs. Check out the “Navigating the DSDH Toolkit” for more information.

The Department of Social Development & Housing

Child

 

Housing

 

People

 

Seniors

 

Supports

& Family

 

 

with Disabilities

 

 

& Services

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

• Supports

 

• Housing Assistance

• PEI Home

 

• Seniors Safe

 

• Housing

for Family Violence

 

• Seniors Safe

Renovation

 

@ Home Program

 

Assistance

• Open Adoption

 

@ Home Program

Program

 

• PEI Senior

 

• Family Resource

Records

 

• Seniors Home

• AccessAbility

 

Islanders of the

 

Centres

• Be a Foster

 

Repair Program

Supports

 

Year Nomination

 

• Social

 

 

 

Development &

Parent

 

• PEI Home

• Autism Funding

 

Form

 

 

 

 

Housing Policies

• Adoption

 

Renovation

• Autism Services

 

• Prince Edward

 

 

 

 

• AccessAbility

• Child Care

 

Program

for Children and

 

Island Seniors

 

 

 

 

Supports

Subsidy Calculator

 

• Affordable Housing

Youth

 

Guide Ageism

 

 

 

 

• Federal &

 

 

Development

 

 

• About the Seniors’

 

 

 

 

 

 

Provincial Benefits

 

 

Program

 

 

Secretariat

 

 

 

 

 

 

for Residents

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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AccessAbility Support Program

The AccessAbility Support (AAS) Program is part of the Department of Social Development & Housing supports. They help individuals who are eligible with receiving support, funding, and housing.

AccessAbility Support

Caregiver

Supports

The supports available to help family members or caregivers may include:

Respite for caregivers to allow them time to have a break and recharge.

Support to provide supervision for adults who are unable to safely be left home alone.

Financial

Supports

Helps with basic living expenses for those over 18 if needed and may include:

Assistance for basic needs such as food, clothing, shelter, household and personal supplies through what is called Assured Income (AI).

Community

 

Housing

Supports

 

Supports

 

 

 

Helps increase

Helps with

active participation

independent living,

in the community

which may include:

and may include:

Financial

Assistance with

assistance to

finding or keeping

provide daily

a job.

supervision

Supports to

and guidance

enable active

in a community

participation in the

residential setting.

community.

Financial help

Aid or specialized

for required

transportation.

home and vehicle

 

 

modifications.

 

 

 

Personal

Supports

Helps with personal daily living, which may include:

Life skills training.

Technical aids and assistive devices.

Supports that enable an individual to be self sufficient.

Supports or personal care workers.

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How to apply for AccessAbility support

Who to contact:

When determining an individual’s eligibility they must contact the Department of Social Development & Housing (DSDH) for an intake appointment to determine a care plan moving forward.

Department of Social Development & Housing

Learn how to contact the Department of Social Development & Housing (DSDH) for help

Call DSDH Number:

1-866-594-3777

0-18 years

18+ years

Ask to speak with the department responsible for Support for Children with Disabilities.

Leave a message.

DSDH will call back. You will need:

Complete the Disability Specific Verification Form

Canada Revenue Agency Notice of assessment and additional documents.

Ask for the AccessAbility Program.

Leave a message.

DSDH will call back. You will need:

Complete the Disability Specific Verification Form

Canada Revenue Agency Notice of assessment and additional documents.

DSDH will contact the individual for a Functional

Needs Assessment.

If they are eligible for the program they will connect with a staff person to start accessing services and supports.

You have 30 days to appeal the decision if you do not agree with it.

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Deciding where to live

How to choose a housing option?

The Department of Social Development & Housing (DSDH) will connect you with a PEI Housing Navigator or AAS Support Navigator 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 an AAS application and financial assessment through DSDH.

3.Be approved to receive support and funding to determine an individual’s care plan.

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What housing options are available for adults?

What is Housing?

Housing is where someone lives.

There are different options for where an individual can live.

Department of Social Development & Housing (DSDH) can help an individual find a home to fit their needs.

An NGO focused on supporting people with disabilities in your area may also be able to provide you with support when looking for housing options.

What are an individual’s living options?

Licensed Options:

1.Community Care Home

2.Nursing Homes

Unlicensed Options:

1.Living with their family/support network

2.Living alone/with a roommate

3.Living with alternative family

4.NGO Living Option

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Licensed Housing Options

Licensed Options:

The Housing Options below are funded by the AccessAbility Support Program. The support would include food, rent, and personal supplies for each individual and if not it can be accessed through Assured Income. There are over 36 Community Care Facilities and 9 Nursing Homes in PEI.

Licensed Home Option: Residential Facilities

Community Care

Home

When individuals require light care, assistance with meals, bathing, medications, laundry and general basic supports for everyday living they may choose to live here.

Nursing

Home

When individuals require a higher level of care with nursing supervision they may qualify for a nursing home.

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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.

Assured Income may provide a certain amount of money to help pay for support workers, rent, food, and utilities if not already included in an individual’s AccessAbility Support plan.

Unlicensed Housing Options

Live on your

own/with a roommate

Live in an apartment by yourself or with a roommate.

Receive funding to help with basic needs through social assistance.

Live with an

Alternative Family (AFLA)

Live with another family other than your own.

Have a supportive family environment to help you if needed.

Non-Profit Living Option

Live in a home created and run by a PEI non-profit organization.

Receive funding to help with basic needs through social assistance.

Live with your

family/support network

Live with your family or support network.

Receive funding to help with basic needs through social assistance.

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Non-profit Housing Options

Six different non-profit organizations have created housing options to accommodate individuals with varying disabilities in PEI. Below are the list of the 6 non-profit organizations and the type of residential services they offer.

Non-profit Housing Options


Queens County

Community

Inclusions

MacIntyre

Community

Stars



Residential

Inclusions

East

House

Connections

for Life


Services


Associate

Support Living

Group Home

Group Home

Small Option

• Group Home


Family Program

Group Home

Transition

 

Home

• Support Living


Independent

Small Option

Home

 

Group Home

Option


Apartment

Home

Small Option

 

Supported

 


Group Home

 

Home

 

Apartments

 


Small Option

 

 

 

Associated

 


Home

 

 

 

Family Program

 


Life Bridge

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

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PEI Housing

Housing Support in PEI

PEI Housing is responsible for public housing and housing support programs for persons with disabilities for the province of PEI.

You may be recommend to PEI Housing supports as an option for you or your family depending on what your needs are.

Housing PEI’s contact information:

1.Department of Social Development & Housing:

• Phone Number: 1-902-620-3777

Toll-Free Phone Number: 1-866-594-3777

• Email Address: DeptSDH@gov.pe.ca

• Address: 2nd Floor, Jones Building, 11 Kent Street, Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8

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PEI Housing Support Programs

PEI Housing:

The Government of PEI has options for living as well as financial programs to support families and individuals with disabilities in need of help.

Government of PEI Housing Support Programs

 

Housing Options

 

 

Funding Programs

 

 

 

 

 

1.

Housing Assistance Program

1.

Housing Assistance Program

 

for Families

2.

PEI Home Renovation

 

 

2.

Housing Assistance Program

 

 

Program Housing

 

for Seniors

 

 

 

 

3. Senior Home Repair Program

3.

Community Care Facilities &

 

 

 

 

 

Nursing Homes

4.

Affordable Housing

 

 

 

 

Development Program

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PEI Housing - Housing Options

Housing Options:

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

Housing PEI - Housing Options

Housing Assistance

for Families

Provides quality rental housing units for families and individuals with low incomes, poor housing conditions or other special circumstances that create a need for assistance and who may not otherwise be able to obtain adequate housing.

Community Care Facilities &

Nursing Home

Live in a government licensed building with five or more other individuals. There are two types of facilities available in PEI.

Community Care Home

Nursing Home

Housing Assistance

for Seniors

Provides seniors who are having trouble affording their current cost of living with quality rental units. Eligible to apply if:

Aged 60 and older

55 and older and have a disability.

Chosen based on your income, assets, health, age and present housing.

PEI Housing Assistance does not currently have barrier-free housing that accommodates the needs of individuals with autism and/or intellectual disability.

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PEI Housing- Funding Options

Funding Options:

PEI funding options to support families and individuals in need of financial assistance

with rent, renovations, or emergency funds.

Housing Assistance

PEI Home Renovation

Seniors Home Repair

Program

Program

Program

 

 

 

Affordable Housing

Development

Program

Provides low income Islanders with appropriate housing at a reduced cost. Families, seniors, and individuals with low incomes, poor housing conditions or other special circumstances that create a need for assistance.

Most eligible applicants pay 25 percent of their income for rent.

The PEI Home Renovation Program provides financial assistance to help cover the cost of major structural renovations to their home.

Receive up to a maximum of $6,000 for eligible renovations to the structure, heating, plumbing, and electrical systems or to improve life safety.

Applicant with a permanent disability, up to a maximum $8,000 may be available if the renovations improve the accessibility of the house.

Eligible seniors can apply for the Seniors Home Repair Program to help with the cost of repairs to their home. You could receive up to a maximum of $2,000 in assistance for eligible repairs like a roof, windows and doors, or a furnace.

The Affordable Housing Development Program is open to non-profit corporations, private entrepreneurs, development corporations, housing cooperatives, or municipalities.

The program will provide forgivable loans of $45,000 per unit to increase the number of affordable housing options in the province.

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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 Social Development & Housing (DSDH)

https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/topic/social-development-and-housing

Persons with Disabilities

https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/topic/support-people-disabilities

AccessAbility Program

https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/social-development-and-housing/accessability-supports

DSDH-Housing Assistance Programs

https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/social-development-and-housing/housing-assistance

Stars for Life-Housing

https://starsforlife.com/what-we-do/housing/

PEI Licensed Community Care Facilities

https://peicommunitycare.ca/

Queens County Residential Services

https://www.qcrs.ca/

Community Inclusion

https://www.communityinclusions.com/

Inclusion East

https://inclusionseast.com/

Community Connections Inc.

https://communityconnectionsinc.com/

MacIntyre House: (902) 687-3247

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