Warmland House is a purpose-built, entry-level community facility, located at 2579 Lewis Street in Duncan.
Call: 250-715-1132 for more information
It is designed to be a gateway to stable housing and integrated, client focused support services for men and women, who are also coping with a variety of challenges such as mental illness, addiction and chronic health conditions.
Our Vision: “A safe, supportive environment, that helps clients help themselves in their transition to stable housing; where all individuals treat themselves, their neighbours and their surroundings with respect.”
The facility consists of:
- a 30-bed emergency shelter for those who are without housing and would benefit from assistance in meeting their basic needs for food, clothing, shelter, and hygiene
- 24 minimal barrier transitional housing studio apartments, designed to accommodate individuals who can live independently, yet benefit from support and assistance in stabilizing their lifestyle and develop the life skills to break the cycle of homelessness, successfully making the transition to “housing ready”
- a day-use common area; shower and laundry facilities; lockers for day use; a resource/quiet room with computers and a small library; there is also a commercial kitchen and dining area that serves up to 50 people, and a community garden with raised beds and a large greenhouse.
Warmland House is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year long.
Extreme Weather Shelter
An Extreme Weather Shelter provides 15 additional overnight beds when weather conditions are deemed severe enough to present a substantial threat to the life or health of homeless persons.
Client and Tenant Support Services
The main goal of Client and Tenant Support Services at Warmland House is to provide support to the community of individuals residing at Warmland House. Support is primarily in the areas of client safety and harm reduction, mental health, financial and legal aid, acquisition of identification documents, housing, addiction, life skills, physical health and hygiene, socio or cultural connections, training and employment.
Tenant Support has the additional goal of helping tenants to transition out of Warmland House’s transitional apartments, becoming landlord friendly.
Support Services include assisting people with applying for Income Assistance, offering to provide letters of reference to those who have proved competence in work-related activity or housing arrangements with us. Advocacy is provided, on request, individuals experiencing difficulty navigating the steps required by government agencies and outside resources in order to access needed support.
The Support Services program is also available to homeless individuals within the Cowichan Valley accessing the services on a “drop in” basis.
Warmland House currently provides the services of a Family Practice Nurse Practitioner on a weekly basis for a four-hour clinic, free of charge to tenants, emergency shelter users, and community members. The nurse practitioner is available to meet with clients by appointment or drop-in.
The St. Peter Foot Care Program for the Homeless visits Warmland on the third Tuesday of each month. Their volunteers also provide a healthy lunch which consists of home-made soups and sandwiches. The program is organized and run by 30+ volunteers from local church groups and the community. Homeless individuals not residing at Warmland are also welcome to take advantage of the clinic.
For more information, please call 250-715-1132