The HNC model acts as a clean, safe, calm, and flexible environment that enables unhoused community members to rebuild their lives and with a supported and determined focus on finding stable, permanent housing. The program was designed for 45 people at a time, which has been temporarily limited to a reduced 25 participants in order to comply with the best practices for COVID-19 safety while serving as many people as possible. Once the pandemic ends and restrictions are lifted, BACS intends to open the program at full capacity.
The Program Model
This is a “low-barrier” shelter, meaning there are no curfews, people do not have to be sober to stay there, they can bring their pets, and there is storage for accumulated belongings. BACS seeks to support individuals in building and maintaining their independence, in a nurturing environment. Unlike the “shelter” model, people can sleep as long as they like, and there are no strict times people have to be on or off site. There are casual places to sit, and plants, trees, and murals. There are washers and dryers, bathrooms with showers, and a common room with a mini-kitchen.
We envision a world where all people are healthy, safe, and engaged in community wellness, with access to quality housing. When an individual moves in, our determined focus is on finding housing, and the entire team creates a culture of assuming that housing will be found. While participants are getting back on their feet, finding sustainable jobs, getting mental and physical healthcare supports, connecting with benefits, and re-adjusting to living inside, BACS’ Housing Specialists work on housing solutions in the community.