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Supportive Housing

Supportive housing helps people who have many challenges in their lives, including homelessness or the risk of homelessness, to stay housed. It is ideally suited for people who have been chronically homeless or have cycled in and out of apartments in the past. By staffing these sites, typically around the clock, we are able to support people in their journey forward and respond to neighbourhood needs.

Crosstown

The property of the former Tally Ho Motel is being redeveloped in two phases. Phase One will front onto Burnside Road and will include 154 units of affordable housing and 32,000 square feet of commercial space on what is currently parking lot and the pub portion of the existing building. Phase Two of the development is still to be determined and will replace the existing motel portion of the Tally Ho after current residents move into the new building in Phase One. In addition to the affordable housing, the new building on Burnside Road will also include a daycare, training kitchen and café, and an art studio space, as well as other retail and office uses. Occupancy is expected in the fall of 2023.

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Location

Crosstown

3020 Douglas Street & 584 Burnside Road, Victoria

neighbourfeedback@CoolAid.org

778-265-0014

Partners

Crosstown is made possible with the support of:

Cool Aid's Tally Ho supportive housing

Preparing lunch at Cool Aid'sTally Ho

Desmond House

Desmond House provides tenants with an affordable room right in the heart of downtown. Tenants share a kitchen space where cooking together is common and also share washroom facilities. Staff is available on-site to assist our tenants in any way they need weekdays, including a friendly ear, and staff from other buildings on the block help during weekends.

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Location

Rooms with Support

717 Pandora Avenue, Victoria

neighbourfeedback@CoolAid.org

(250) 388-4886

Partners

Desmond House is made possible with the support of:

Desmond House Exterior

Desmond House Thrift Shop

Mike Gidora Place

The suites at Mike Gidora Place are small, but tall ceilings allow for a space-adding loft and bring in lots of light. The building also incorporates a social/cultural space for Indigenous tenants who also have access to the Downtown Community Centre next door. Apartments are located in the heart of downtown and close to many beneficial services for people who require supportive housing.

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Location

Apartments with Support

749 Pandora Avenue, Victoria

neighbourfeedback@CoolAid.org

(250) 414-4797

Partners

Mike Gidora Place is made possible with the support of:

Mike Gidora Place Exterior

Mike Gidora Place Exterior Alternate Angle

Johnson Manor

Johnson Manor’s beautiful gardens and carriage house make it both a lovely place to live and a nice addition to the neighbourhood. The greenhouse and raised garden beds get light from the south and west, providing a warm, peaceful place for residents to grow lavender, tomatoes, kale, and many other fresh ingredients for their table. The property is conveniently located near downtown but away from its hustle and bustle.

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Location

Apartments with Support

1153 Johnson Street, Victoria

neighbourfeedback@CoolAid.org

(250) 381-3146

Partners

Johnson Manor is made possible with the support of:

Johnson Manor Exterior

Johnson Manor Flowerbed

Pandora Apartments

Tenants in Pandora Apartments benefit from a lovely, quiet and spacious courtyard as well as the Downtown Community Centre on the ground floor, where free activities are hosted every day of the week. As with all supportive housing, Cool Aid staff provide a full spectrum of services, including medication monitoring, volunteer opportunities, referrals, regular tenant meetings, and internal social gatherings.

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Location

Apartments with Support

757 Pandora Avenue, Victoria

neighbourfeedback@CoolAid.org

(250) 383-0064

Partners

Pandora Apartments is made possible with the support of:

Pandora Apartments Courtyard

Pandora Apartments Interior

Queens Manor

Queens Manor fronts on Douglas Street near the Times Colonist building. Its low-income tenants benefit from the nearby Mustard Seed food bank and other services a 10-15 minute walk away in downtown Victoria. Tenants in this building have taken a very active role in helping one another and meet on a regular basis to socialize and discuss tenant issues.

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Location

Apartments with Support

710 Queens Avenue, Victoria

neighbourfeedback@CoolAid.org

(250) 380-7076

Partners

Queens Manor is made possible with the support of:

Queens Manor Exterior

Queens Manor Closeup

Swift House

Swift House affords some nice views on the upper floors. It was Cool Aid’s very first apartment building, opened in 1991, and the first supportive housing in the Province. The social room on the ground floor (a feature of most Cool Aid apartment buildings) is well enjoyed by the tenants and includes a donated piano and billiard table plus food serving amenities. A variety of apartment sizes allows some couples to live here.

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Location

Apartments with Support

467 Swift Street, Victoria

sh@coolaid.org

(250) 383-5917

Partners

Swift House is made possible with the support of:

Swift House Interior

Swift House Interior Pool Table

Tower at Muncey Place

During the height of Covid-19’s first wave, many people found themselves homeless, tenting in parks around town.  In response, the province of BC purchased the former Comfort Inn to provide housing for 170 residents.  Renamed, Muncey Place, Cool Aid runs the onsite medical clinic, as well as provides supportive housing at the 30 unit “Tower”.  Our Place Society supports 140 residents. Residents at the Tower are provided with 24/7 staffing support, security, and two meals daily.

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Location

Rooms with Support

3020 Blanshard Street, Victoria

neighbourfeedback@coolaid.org

(250) 383-1977

Partners

Tower at Muncey Place is made possible with the support of:

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"I am so grateful and honoured to have spent time with these amazing, creative, talented and sensitive women. I have learned a great deal from this experience and look forward to future opportunities. "

Volunteer, Sandy Merriman House