“To collaboratively provide housing and a continuum of supports to those who have experienced homelessness and encountered barriers to achieve their fundamental right to safe and affordable housing.”
About Supportive Housing of Waterloo
Supportive Housing of Waterloo (SHOW) is a not-for-profit charitable corporation, with a mandate to build and operate permanent, affordable, supportive housing for people approaching or experiencing persistent homelessness in Waterloo Region. Thirteen churches and faith groups in Waterloo founded SHOW. Their first project on Erb Street in Waterloo was completed and occupied in June 2010.
SHOW's "Housing First" model addresses the growing homelessness crisis within our Region, based on the belief that factors contributing to homelessness (mental health, addictions, literacy, unemployment and poor physical health) can best be addressed when a person is living in stable and supportive housing. A thirty (30)-unit self-contained apartment complex with affordable rent opened at 362 Erb St. West, Waterloo. Attendant staff provide 24/7 support services in order to facilitate independent living for all tenants. A second building at 402 Erb St. West will begin construction in the new year and we are also creating new housing using older stock student housing in Waterloo through the development of new partnerships with other community agencies that need housing and supports for their clients. SHOW is leading the way in the development of new models of housing for those with barriers to housing stability.
In 2017 we are building a second apartment building that will focus more on affordability with a focus on low income seniors in need in our community.