After learning from the successes of both Pandora Apartments and Swift House, Johnson Manor was designed for tenants who have had the most difficulty in maintaining safe, affordable housing. Since its official opening on December 1, 2001, the project has enjoyed a positive response from tenants, staff, case managers and the surrounding community. Some factors that have influenced the building’s success include its central location away from the downtown core, 24-hour, on-site staffing, and strong partnerships with key stakeholders. Johnson Manor has proven to be an effective model for supporting individuals managing mental health and substance use issues.
Like all of Cool Aid’s Supportive Housing buildings, Johnson Manor has the security features and 24-hour staffing that ensure its residents have a safe, welcoming home with access to the help they need.
Johnson Manor’s beautiful garden grounds and carriage house make it both a lovely place to live and help it blend in with the neighbourhood around it. 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.
Johnson Manor is made possible with the support of:
- Province of BC and BC Housing
- Forensic Psychiatric Services Commission
- City of Victoria (tax exemption)
1153 Johnson Street