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Jasper Avenue Complex (JAC) Program
A housing option that serves as an additional resource for clients of Catholic Social Services for whom safe, affordable housing is an issue. JAC is a drug and alcohol free site and has live-in staff who provide supervision and support. The program also offers social opportunities to reduce isolation.
JAC is considered “transitional housing”. While clients are here they have the advantage of affordable rent, earning extra funds by doing chores in the building, furnishing their apartment from donations, and learning skills that will benefit them when they move into the community.
Am I eligible?
Only existing clients of Catholic Social Services for whom lack of safe and/or affordable housing is an issue and for whom acquisition of housing would help meet their life goals. The focus is on family reunification or stabilization and most CSS programs are currently eligible to put forward application.
Clients are expected to be stable. Anyone actively using drugs or alcohol, or who are in the early stages of recovery, or who are engaged in an illegal activities will not be considered.
Where is this service provided?
A 12-suite apartment building located in Central Edmonton.
How much will it cost me?
The program fee for a 2 bedroom apartment is $600.00 per month, which includes all utilities, laundry, and full cable. A 1 bedroom apartment costs $500.00 per month, including all the above. No damage deposit is required, but there is a $50.00 key deposit which is returned upon moving out, as long as the apartment is clean and the keys returned.
How do I access this program?
- Individuals must speak with their Catholic Social Service worker about living at JAC. It will then be decided if this would be a good choice for that person.
- The client must then fill out an application that will then be assessed by a committee.
- If the client is accepted and there is a vacancy, he or she must be scheduled for an intake interview.
Who do I contact for more information?
Linda Demers 428-8671 or Ted Campbell 905-2905
Short term outcomes:
- Stabilization and safety of the client.
- Helping the client reintegrate into their families.
- Strong ties are made with community agencies to ensure the client continues to get the community support needed and is not isolated.
Long term outcomes:
- Reduction of client’s need for long term support.
- Increased community awareness and support for the target population.
- Transition into safe, long term housing.
“I am really glad there are program like this to help families out. My family is being reunited with the help of this place and staff. These people are very resourceful.”
“I would like to thank you for this wonderful opportunity. A year ago, I started with a baby and a backpack. Now I have started the process of closing my files with Catholic Social Services and Child Welfare. Living in this complex has helped me become the person and mother I have always wanted to be. If it weren’t for you guys I wouldn’t have been able to create a safe, warm, and loving environment for my daughter and I.”
“I believe this building helps people in need get back on their feet and help to start working on their goals.”