With the end of summer comes Fall hiring! Casual staff for afternoons and weekends (days, afternoons, midnights). shifts vary 8-12 shifts a month if your schedule is flexible! Residential work is NOT for everyone- but it could be for you! Resumes to email@example.com ... See moreSee less
Welcome Centre Shelter for WomenHi all- thanks to those who have reached out and called, emailed, messaged, etc! Some of the common questions (and answers) are: 1) Do you accept those with no experience, but early on in schooling? Likely no; the position does require some advanced understanding and a foundation skill-set already in areas like conflict resolution, residential work, trauma-informed, harm-reduction etc. We do recommend you think about volunteering here first though, to see if it is for you! 2) What are some of the most important skills needed? Personality matters- strong personalities, those who take initiative, and strong communication and de-escalation skills are definitely an asset.
If you are able, would you consider donating a gift basket, item, gift card, etc for our upcoming Quarter Auction? Auction items always needed, any value $25 to $100, and anything YOU might want to win! If interested, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or drop off at 263 Bridge and note it's for the Quarter Auction Oct 19th! ... See moreSee less
Reps from several stores were by today to bring an amazing donation! Was great to get a few minutes to speak with them about the Centre, and hear about the other great community agencies they support along with us! ... See moreSee less
Staff were clearing off notes and cards from clients from the summer- hate to throw them away so they get tucked in a drawer! Nice to pull them out and glance at them on the heavier of days around here! ... See moreSee less
Welcome Centre Shelter for Womenwe see that Housing Staff at motel have "liked it". That is because they hoard all their notes and letters for themselves and don't share. Best of luck at the motel today with multiple new intakes, moves, and first day of school!
2 weeks ago · 1
Karen ScaddanWould be nice to frame some to give hope to those who are coming into for the first time.
2 weeks ago · 2
Roni RiberdyI am sure you all sometimes forget how appreciated you are when you are dealing with issues that arise. Your community supports you!!
With Back to School comes "Back to school snacks and lunch worries" for too many families. Good time for an office or family food drive to help families with some much-needed food bank items, like snacks, soups, toiletries and diapers. Can you help? ... See moreSee less
Welcome Centre Shelter for Women is feeling angry.
Rental application a client has today. Note that "are you an alcoholic (yes or no)" is a written question. Along with "are you a smoker (yes or no)" and "government assistance (program name)". Infuriating, Human Rights Complaint worthy, and yet- now accepted enough to put in writing on applications by area landlords. ... See moreSee less
Pamela HillsThis is so incredibly wrong and such a violation of an applicant's rights, it's not even funny!
The problem is with the rental market being as bad as it is right now, some landlords think they can say and do whatever they want because most potential tenants won't stand up for themselves or report it.
I've seen landlords asking for letters of employment, bank statements, police checks, credit reports, damage deposits etc... and that's before they will even consider renting, that's all part of the application process.
Whether someone is a smoker or a drinker is neither here nor there... if your property is smoke free, you simply make the tenant aware of that. Pretty sure a landlord has zero say over alcohol consumption in or on the property.
My husband and I are both smokers who smoke outside even though we are allowed to smoke in our apartment.
Terry Anne MatthewsI can totally understand and agree with the smoking question. As a home owner I never want anyone smoking in my house. So I can understand owning a building an not wanting people to smoke in it. It is so unhealthy and smelly. So yeah. I'm cool with that.
Honestly other than race, religious beliefs and sexuality orientation... if you own a building you should be able to ask questions if it will effect health of the other tenants, safety or tenants/ building, and getting rents paid.
Tamara LynnAnd many people don’t understand the barriers this presents when a person is desperate for reasonably priced housing. Likely most don’t feel they have the luxury to not answer legally inappropriate questions.
1 month ago · 4
Michelle BirchI wish landlords and tenants would read the residential tenancies act. It would make things that much easier:) your opinion doesnt matter...the laws do:)
Leslie LaframboiseAs fairly new landlord, You have to be careful what u ask but also after I've spent my hard earned money to fix my place out I also just dont want anyone. There are tenants who have destroyed places for no good reason. I have a cleaning business and have seen it first hand. Its unbelievable which makes it unfortunate for some tenants who may be excellent.
Melissa HughesMany landlords are not Canadian and when they buy property to rent they have no idea what the rights and laws are in this country. I talked to a landlord the other day who was going to be renting a room to a youth and I asked her about fire alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, fire exits, conditions etc and her answer to ALL was ‘I don’t know about that, I don’t even know where to get that’. People are so desperate that they will accept any conditions at this point. It’s all out of control. With bidding wars for rental units sketchy landlords know they can get away with just about anything.
Laurel AdamsIn Ontario, as a landlord, you are not able to collect funds for damage caused to your property. Not all LL are evil, and not all LL have money to throw away. After one bad tenant I was forced to sell my rental unit...
Bonnie Howard Georgeff UENot all renters are perfect tenants, some do a lot of damage, some are clean and respectful of others property, howto weed out the bad ones on an application is a problem for landlords. How can you find out who is a good tenant if you can't ask questions. By the way, most on assistance can have their rent paid directly to landlord, so that shouldn't be an issue.
James BruceAs a landlord I believe these question are way over the line..maybe the smoking one but even that would be discrimination if ya have a smoke free building they just couldn't smoke in there if they did. Everything else is probably a violation of your rights because it predisposes you to discrimination..this is the kinda of thing that exacerbates the homeless issue unnecessarily.
4 weeks ago · 4
Jason TrealoutI challenge each and every one of you who think screening tenants is bad to buy a rental unit and try it yourself.
Erin SamsonWhat. The. Actual. Fuck. Former landlord here, I wrote my own application and lease forms and I can guarantee you they contained no questions or statements regarding disclosure of one’s status with alcohol dependency or any other personal medical information.
Abigail Mona IrwinThe building I live in is absolutely a non-smoking building, although the rule has been "grandfathered" for people who were already living her when the anti-smoking laws and rules kicked in. As a non-smoker who watched both parents die of smoking-related illnesses, I have no problem with this. Someone near my unit is the beneficiary of the grandfathering clause so I still get smoke drifting into my unit, but it's not very often, thankfully.
The other two question, though ... holy crap.
1 month ago · 3
Jason TrealoutRenters have more rights than owners do. You should be able to screen vigorously for a worthy renter who is not going to kill your investment.
1 month ago · 12
Rachel M EdgertonI pay 200$ a month for a room to rent, because I can’t get into an apartment, I smoke outside and I drink but only when I’m out with people. Asking whether or not someone is on assistance than gets followed by why, and honestly it’s nobody’s business, you get a cheque either way so I don’t understand why this is such a big deal. Don’t want smoking on your property put it in the rental agreement, don’t want drinking in your apartment put in on the rental agreement. Want a pay cheque stop acting like some pay cheque’s aren’t good enough for you .
Dawn Isbister-DesRosiersAs a former landlord I dont feel this is wrong. When you rent out a property that you put your money into, you can only hope you find someone to take care of it as well as you did. I asked if people smoked on my application but I didn't go as far as asking if anyone were alcoholics because we all know even if someone was they wouldn't put they are imo.
Kaleigh CheesemanThere really allowed to ask about everything you make? I figured if you have job then or whatever your good. Why would they need to know how much my GST or other government payments are?
1 month ago
Kathy LangAnd there's nothing, as tenants, we can do. If we don't fill it out the ll will toss your application. if u complain about your rights to the ll, he ll laugh in your face and refuse you as a tenant and add you to the list ll have about bad tenants. It's a real list btw, it's a private group they have, I've seen it and I was booted cause they found out I wasnt a ll.
Pam Holbrook CampbellIf they can’t ask that during a job interview, why can they ask on a rental application??
4 weeks ago
Janet NussI’m a landlord and if they are in an area with issues they should have the right to ask. An alcoholic who smokes would not care for the place in most cases and could burn the building down with innocent people in the building. Insurance is very high so the landlord has to cover themselves. Until you have been a landlord you won’t get it. I have had very good renters and nightmare renters and it’s not fun when that happens.
Jason TrealoutThis conversation is the #1 reason I don't own rentals. A bunch of people who have no clue, telling people what to do.
1 month ago · 1
Alison JeanUnethical and I would think illegal. I’ve also seen many landlords throw women and children out because they were victims of domestic violence stating they didn’t want anymore “disturbances” on their property. As well people who make continuous complaints over minor things to try and get renting families evicted from their neighbourhood. People don’t realize how vulnerable renters are and how much unstable housing hurts women and children in particular. So sad and infuriating.
1 month ago · 2
Christine BeresfordI wouldn't be worried about answering illegal questions less than truthfully...they aren't legally actionable by the landlord if they found out.
Shelters in general tend to see increases in use for families during the summer months- no exceptions to that here as we've been mostly full. July showed success for housing moves, but never enough, especially with our low vacancy rates. Staff meeting Saturday agenda title was "We're ALL Housing Workers". #nohousingmakesforlongershelterstays ... See moreSee less
Looking for a few volunteers who would be interested in doing some yard cleanup for an afternoon (sweeping, pulling weeds, general cleanup to get us looking sharp for Fall!). Interested in helping out? Email email@example.com. also looking for someone to help us create a gate we can close/lock on our fencing at rear of yard! ... See moreSee less