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Aug22

Bruce House's transition house to close September first.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Activism, Current Affairs, Health, Media, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

From CTV News, Joanne Schnurr reports on the imminent closure of Ottawa's only transition house for people living with HIV.

Bruce House's transition house to close September first.

To read the full article by Joanne Schnurr, visit CTV News, here.

Ottawa's only transition house for people living with HIV will close September 1st. 

Bruce House says the high cost of running the facility and the changing needs of its clients are behind the closure. For nearly three decades, Bruce House has operated a specially-equipped transition house in Ottawa's west end to provide round the clock care for people living with HIV. But this past year has been the "perfect storm”, Bruce House says, in terms of financial demands and so, that house will close in two weeks’ time.

On a quiet street in Westboro, the Transition House has offered support and sanctuary to those living with HIV. The program opened in 1988, and over the years, offered people with AIDS a place to live and often to die.   But research has helped change the outcome of those with AIDS who are now living with HIV. 

“We have people who are coming to us who are healthy,” says Doug Cooper, the Manager of client Programs and Services with Bruce House, “but they are dealing with mental health and addiction issues so that's where we are looking to go in the future.”

That means as of September first, the Transition House will close. The clients currently living there will be moved elsewhere and 6 staff members will lose their jobs. The 7 bedroom house in Westboro costs about $300,000 a year to operate, with rent, utilities and round the clock staffing.  That's about a third of the total operating budget of Bruce House.

Bruce House stresses, though, that clients will still continue to receive support through its two other programs: the Supported Independent Living Program or SLIP, that offers 35 subsidized apartments throughout Ottawa,  and the Rehabilitation and Supportive Episodic Transition Program or (REST) that offers rehabilitation and short-term respite care.

To read the full article by Joanne Schnurr, visit CTV News, here.

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