Pauline’s Place is a 19 bed shelter in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario that provides emergency short term housing to youth (male ages 16-17, female ages 16-21), women, and families who are experiencing a housing crisis Through the provision of emergency shelter and community supports Pauline’s Place assists clients to secure and maintain permanent housing.
Pauline’s Place operates using a Housing First approach to ending homelessness which focuses on rapid re-housing and providing supports to clients once they become housed. Housing First recognizes housing as a basic human right not contingent on readiness or compliance, but rather a precondition to success. The basic principle of Housing First is that people are better able to move forward with their lives if they are first safely and affordably housed. Using a recovery based approach, and providing individualized supports based on needs, an individual experiencing a housing crisis or chronic homelessness is much more likely to remain housed under the Housing First approach. The District of Sault Ste. Marie Social Services Administration Board supports a Housing First approach to ending homelessness in Sault Ste. Marie.
There are five core principles of Housing First:
- Immediate access to permanent housing with no housing readiness requirements
- Consumer choice and self-determination
- Recovery orientation
- Individualized and client-driven supports
- Social and community integration