Guelph Services for the Autistic as Housing
What is a
Housing Trust? GSA uses the term with two levels of meaning.
One is the sum of the formal and informal relationships of trust around
person, when an agreement is made to support the lifelong occupancy by
vulnerable person in his or her own home. Such an agreement is legally
and subject to several conditions.
The term is also used for the charitable not-for-profit corporation
embraced the vision, mission and function of making these agreements
individual persons and may support several vulnerable persons in homes
The term Housing Trust has been often used to mean a fund or mechanism
creating affordable housing in municipalities and regions all over the
with several safeguards—usually involving public funding. We share that
function, but with a special emphasis on supporting a person with a
(autism in our case) to have his or her own home. Our use of the term
involves more shades of meaning of “trust”—so that persons and their
can trust that good arrangements, made in advance, will be carried out.
is involved among more partners.
Services for the Autistic (GSA) is a charitable, not-for-profit
incorporated in Ontario since 1980,
that reorganized itself in 1997. GSA’s mission is to help adults with
live good whole person-directed lives in their own homes, supported by
they choose, by holding and administering property in trust for each
lifetime, subject to necessary personal and financial safeguards.
introduction to chapter in CREATING A
HOME AND GOOD
LIFE OF MY OWN: Strategies and formal agreements developed
by Guelph Services for the
Autistic in its role as housing trust (2008).
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