The Buffalo Apartments are owned and rented to tenants by Potters Hands Housing. The 39-unit complex supports tenants using a Housing First model. Individuals with a history of homelessness and addictions can move directly off the street into permanent, affordable housing. 24-hour staffing is provided by CMHA.
The Buffalo uses a philosophy called “Housing First”. Simply said, Housing First moves individuals immediately from the streets or homeless shelters into their own apartments. Outreach workers meet individuals on the streets or at shelters and invite them to live at The Buffalo.
People living at The Buffalo, have the opportunity to work with support staff. Staff at The Buffalo help tenants with day-to-day necessities like doing laundry, cooking nutritious meals, and cleaning their apartments. Staff may also help tenants find meaningful activities, volunteer opportunities, or employment opportunities. Staff assist tenants to access health services (such as dental, medical, psychiatric services).
Sherwood Dodge Road to Hope: Buffalo Housing First
Funding for this project is provided by The City of Red Deer through the Province of Alberta’s Outreach & Support Services Grant and by the United Way of Central Alberta.