Windsor-Essex Housing Connections (WEHC) is a partnership of agencies who work together to help people find affordable, rental housing and end the cycle of homelessness. As there are a number of agencies that help people find appropriate housing, please read carefully below to determine which agency will best meet your housing needs at this time.
Housing First Program
Through the Housing First Program, Family Services Windsor-Essex (FSWE) helps people with the greatest level of need find affordable rental housing. FSWE works with people who have been chronically homeless and have a significant mental health and/or addiction concern.
Housing First Workers also provide these clients with weekly advocacy and support for up to three years. We connect people with other programs such as mental health and addiction services. Our goal is to help maintain the tenancy and reduce issues of safety and security for people who are chronically homeless.
Windsor-Essex Housing Connections (WEHC) Partnership Teams include: Service Coordinators, Housing Response Workers, Housing First Workers, Outreach Workers, Peer Support Workers, Landlord Developers and Hoarding Response Workers.
WEHC partnership agencies work to end the cycle of homelessness. The Partnership is led by Family Services Windsor-Essex, in collaboration with Housing Information Services and CAN-AM Indian Friendship Centre.
For more information about our Housing First Program contact us at 1-888-933-1831.
Youth Supportive Housing
At FSWE, we know that housing ends homelessness – which is why we’ve built housing to help more of the people we support find permanent and safe places to live.
The Youth Supporting Housing development, which opened in the fall of 2022, features fully furnished “modular” housing units made out of shipping containers. It has 6 units for 10 at-risk youth.
As part of our housing model, social workers will work with these youth for up to 3 years to provide weekly, strengths-based support and advocacy to help them meet their physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. To donate and help us expand our capacity to reduce youth homelessness, click here.
Finding Affordable Rental Housing and Housing Response Program
If you do not require the intensive support of the Housing First Program, but are looking for affordable housing, contact:
Housing Information Services (HIS)
Call 519-254-4824 for help in Windsor and surrounding areas. Located at 3450 Ypres Ave #200, Windsor, ON N8W 3P6.
central housing registry – windsor essex county
Call 519-254-6994 for help across Windsor and Essex County. Located at 2470 Dougall Avenue, Unit 6, Windsor, ON N8X 1T2.
CAN-AM Indian Friendship Centre
Call 519-253-3243 for help for indigenous people living in Windsor and Essex County. Located at 2929 Howard Avenue Windsor ON N8X 4W4.
Housing First Program – People who have been chronically homeless and have a significant mental health and/or addiction concern are eligible for the Housing First Program through Family Services Windsor-Essex.
How Support Services Work
Our Professional Support Staff will
- Talk privately with people about concerns
- Decide what issues to work on together
- Provide advice, advocacy and professional support to manage concerns
- Connect people with other community agencies, as needed
- Help deal with any new issues that may arise
- Help people cope with changes in life
Our Professional Support Staff
- Can support people as they work on a wide range of concerns
- Focus on growth, development and independence
- Facilitate overall well-being and resilience
- Have a broad range of clinical expertise and real-life experience
How much will it cost?
Most of our Support Services are free, unless otherwise indicated by the specific program. Donations for Support Services are very welcomed. Donations help us continue our important, local work. Make a donation to our Support Services today.