SASHA clients have the option of living in SASHA Housing, or independently in the community, depending on their assessed needs. Our 4 homes are located in lovely, quiet neighbourhoods near the heart of Lethbridge. We provide a family atmosphere with common spaces for meals and entertainment, weekly house meetings, and shared household chores. Most clients share rooms. Clients have access to supports 24 hours a day.
SASHA homes are recovery focused. We provide:
Permanent Supportive Housing
Transitional / Stabilization Housing
Assertive Intensive Case Management
Independent Living Skills Support
Community Treatment Order
SASHA Residential Program
16 transitional and 8 long-term residential beds are available for individuals to develop and/or maintain independent living skills such as medication management, symptom management, nutrition and meal preparation, household maintenance, and money management skills.
A team of multidisciplinary staff work with the client to assess needs, develop an Individual Service Plan for their stay at SASHA, and provide the guidance and direction needed to help clients recover and re-establish themselves in the community. Staff support is available 24 hours a day. Lengths of stay in the transitional program vary from a few months up to a year. Long-term clients stay as long as the program is able to meet their needs. Funding is provided through client service fees, AHS Addictions & Mental Health, and various community grants.
VERSA Permanent Supportive Housing Program
The Versa program provides permanent supportive housing (PSH) for individuals who have experienced chronic homelessness. This program is funded by the City of Lethbridge and builds on the success of SASHA’s residential mental health support program. The main goal of PSH programming is to provide safe and stable housing to participants based on the principles of housing first. Having a home at Versa gives participants who have a suspected or diagnosed mental illness the ability to focus on addressing mental health or addictions issues with staff support.
The Versa PSH program has space for 10 participants and 2 staff are available 24 hours a day. Staffing supports also include access to a registered nurse and a case manager to help individuals connect with community resources. Participants are offered support in the areas of physical health, mental health, justice, substance use, daily living supports and recreation. Support services are based on the principles of recovery, community integration and self-reliance.
SASHA 2.0 Permanent Supportive Community Living
Clients of SASHA’s residential program may be considered for our permanent supportive housing program in the community. This will help SASHA clients needing less support move into more private community living once they have mastered the residential program. Clients move into a unit provided by Lethbridge Housing Authority, and SASHA provides long term supportive services based on each individual’s needs. Clients may return to SASHA for short stays if they are having difficulty and need more support. Private landlord agreements may also be arranged.
A Continuum of Supports
SASHA realizes that each individual progresses towards their goals at their own pace. Sometimes people need to go backwards and forwards in order to get to where they ultimately want to be.
No one loses their space at SASHA. As an individual’s circumstances change, SASHA adjusts support plans and housing with them, allowing the client to know that no matter what happens, they have a safe place with SASHA.
This means that clients may move amongst the 3 different SASHA homes based on their needs. It also means that clients living independently in the community can come back to SASHA homes for a period, or permanently, based on their needs.
SASHA programming is always individualized to the client. As the client evolves, our supports, skills development, activities and connections do too.