Transitional & Supportive Housing
The Creation of Northern Pines
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Northern Pines is a transitional housing program for the chronically homeless in the Nipissing District. Through 60 transitional units individuals are provided with varying levels of supports based on need.
There are three phases making up the program and it is expected to be fully operational by Spring of 2023. Crisis Centre North Bay operates the program on behalf of DNSSAB.
Until now, individuals experiencing homelessness have had access to emergency shelters (and warming centres in the winter); however, health and social service supports are critical for mitigating chronic homelessness.
Growing, evidence-backed data – even before the COVID-19 pandemic – pointed toward the urgent need for supports to housing. DNSSAB research reports (available below) that were referenced in creating Northern Pines were the 10 Year Housing and Homelessness Plan, the Mayor’s Roundtable Report and the Homelessness Action Plan. The Northern Pines program is being developed by a subcommittee of the Nipissing Wellness Ontario Health Team, Health and Housing working Group. DNSSAB has been designated through legislation to provide homelessness mitigation services.
Northern Pines, at $5,600/unit/month, is a more cost effective solution than other interventions:
Individuals at Northern Pines are provided with the supports they require.
The Chippewa site was selected for transitional housing based on zoning and availability. The Low Barrier Shelter was relocated to the Chippewa site during the pandemic out of urgent necessity.
Yes, the building is under lease for 20 years.