Following the fire at 114 Holland St. on March 22, 2021 some of the displaced tenants said they would live in trailers temporarily. That lead to WOW Living partnering with Bradford Community Church to provide temporary shelter in seasonal trailers.
In May, some of the men living at the Guest House suggested the idea of winterizing a park model trailer into a four season, one bedroom unit.
With a grant from Magna we were able to begin working on our first trailer as a pilot project.
Watch this video to see the progress that is being made!
There is a great need in Bradford for affordable housing. The average amount a single person living on Ontario Works (OW) receives is $720/month and and $1,200/month on the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP). The shelter portion of those amounts ranges between $350-$500/month. Where can you find a room, let alone an apartment, for that amount?
The Guest House is a four bedroom home that houses 4 men in need of affordable housing. The rent rages between $400-$600 (including utilities and laundry).
This is a place for these men to catch their breath, gain some stability and prepare for the future.
Our heart is to invest every minute and dollar donated intentionally into the lives of the people we're serving.
This may include covering a few nights at a hotel for a homeless friend, putting gas in someone's car to get them to a shelter, driving a friend to an appointment, helping one of our friends move, fill out forms, navigate the welfare system or buying them a cup of coffee, groceries or a meal. Financial donations may also go toward the cost of training, operating costs associated with the Out of the Cold Cafe, the Guest House and other affordable housing initiatives. We are committed to using every dollar and every minute intentionaly.