Our Community Housing Program (CHP) helps women and their children fleeing domestic violence find stable, long-term housing in the community. Discovery House was the first in Canada to apply it to domestic abuse situations, and has seen incredible results. Each year, we house hundreds of families in our secure apartment complex, through our Community Housing Program (CHP) in affordable rental properties throughout the city, and in one single family dwelling, Rosie’s House, for larger families. At any given time, we can house up to 100 families through the CHP.
We work with local partners such as the Calgary Homeless Foundation, Calgary Housing, and Horizon Housing to find women affordable housing. Our clients sign their own leases, but we work with them to understand lease agreements, their rights and responsibilities as tenants, and help find subsidies.
We also help cover some of the moving costs such as transportation and damage deposits, to help women through the process. Although these clients are living independently in the community, they still have access to Discovery House programming and support, with our team helping them connect to community resources. Allowing mothers and their children to live in the community helps them be a part of a neighbourhood, enjoy outdoor space, and begin their journey to independence.