The Rooming House Project: Improving Quality of Life for Tenants in Cabbagetown

Dixon-Hall-article-photoLast summer, Dixon Hall, EcuHome Corporation, and Homes First Society launched the Rooming House Project (RHP). For the last year, our team has been working with close to 200 tenants in 23 rooming houses throughout Cabbagetown, to provide custom supports with the goal of improving quality of life.

 
To achieve this goal, the RHP team has focused on building relationships with tenants and between tenants, and encouraging community connection. To help foster conversation, build trust, and create shared experiences, we’ve hosted many different events like dinners, holiday celebrations, and well-being outings.

 
As our relationships have grown, our focus expanded to provide opportunities for tenants to get involved. Tenants are now volunteering at our weekly dinners, attending house meetings to share feedback and address security concerns, managing a food bank, and leading monthly workshops on topics of interest they choose, like managing conflict and setting boundaries.
We’re encouraged by the progress we’ve seen to date and are excited for the summer! This summer, we’ll be creating a pollinator garden with outdoor seating for the community, celebrating Indigenous day with a cultural celebration, and expanding our food bank to include fresh produce. To find out more about the RHP, visit: www.dixonhall.org

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