London Housing Registry Celebrating Its 30th Anniversary
On January 30th 2014, the London Housing Registry will be celebrating its 30th anniversary. The London Housing Registry is a non-profit charitable organization that provides clients with assistance in finding and obtaining safe, secure, and permanent housing as quickly as possible. Due to the growing number of individuals and families in economic crisis, as well as the limited availability of subsidized housing, many of our fellow Londoners are at risk of losing their homes. The Registry works to empower individuals to take charge of their own choices for housing, which leads to a life of self-sufficiency, security, and independence.
Each month the Registry helps over 100 households with housing related issues and provides advocacy to those in need. Once getting in contact with the Registry, clients choose the type of rental unit they are looking for and the supports they need including:
- Referrals to other organizations for financial assistance, food, emergency shelter, etc.
- Information about the Residential Tenancies Act
- Assistance with making connections to landlords and property managers
- Utilizing our onsite Resource Centre which provides access to a phone and Internet
We have adopted the core values of the housing-first approach with a strong emphasis on prevention, security of housing and sustainability. The focus of the approach includes consumer choice and self-determination, immediate access to permanent housing in the private sector, client-driven supports, and community integration.
Shelley Milos, Executive Director, who has been with the Registry for 28 years, has made it her personal mission to keep the service thriving by using volunteers, and Western University and Fanshawe College students. She is responsible for hiring, training, and supervising the volunteers.
Every year, we receive amazing support from various foundations such as The Agape Foundation, New Horizons for Seniors, Green Shield of Canada, Walter J Blackburn and the Jack and Barbara Hay foundation. As more and more people become familiar with the London Housing Registry and its services, we see an increasing level of support from local businesses such as Dolcetto and The Beer Store. Furthermore, it is incredibly beneficial to promote the Registry in order for individuals in crisis to know that we are always here to help.
Thanks to the hard work and dedication of Shelley, as well as our many committed volunteers, the Registry has overcome many challenges and today stands stronger than ever before.