The Right Fit Pilot Project

The Right Fit Pilot Project (RFPP) is a multi-partner effort to address challenges in matching affordable, wheelchair-accessible homes and independent living support services in Metro Vancouver with people who need them.

 

 

The Issue: People with disabilities who use indoor wheelchairs typically wait years for affordable, accessible housing. Key challenges include:

  • Limited availability of accessible, affordable housing.
  • Length of time to arrange for special equipment and support at a new home.
  • High demand means vacancies are often gone before supports are in place.
  • No centralized inventory of accessible units or standards for listing accessibility features.

The Project: The 3-year Metro Vancouver pilot will address barriers and test streamlined models to connect indoor wheelchair users with affordable housing that meets their needs.

The pilot will develop and test a case management model to help a rolling caseload of indoor wheelchair users find homes that fit their needs, along with personal supports needed to live independently. Project partners will work directly with applicants and with housing and service providers to learn more about systemic barriers.

Using a ground-up, collaborative approach, the project will develop advice on how to streamline processes to better match housing needs and support services. The pilot will focus on applicants seeking homes in Metro Vancouver, with supports from the two Health Authorities serving the region, but lessons learned will be shared more broadly.

A Partnership

RFPP is led by Disability Alliance BC in partnership with the Individualized Funding Resource Centre, BC Housing, City of Vancouver, Fraser Health Authority, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority & the Ministry of Social Development & Poverty Reduction.

The project is generously funded by Vancouver Foundation & BC Rehab Foundation.

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Updates

May 2019: The Right Fit Pilot Project celebrates 11! Our navigator team has now helped 11 indoor wheelchair users find an affordable accessible home in Metro Vancouver that was the right fit.

May 2019: We turned two! Read about our accomplishments and lessons learned in our second year and what is in store for the final year of the Right Fit.

April 2019: Listen to Paul Gauthier discuss the challenges that indoor wheelchair users face in finding affordable accessible housing in Metro Vancouver and how the Right Fit can help on the Housing Matters podcast (segment starts at 19:56).

January 2019: RFPP Celebrates 8! Our hard-working navigators have now helped 8 indoor wheelchair users find an affordable accessible home in Metro Vancouver that was the right fit for their needs. They’re also learning lots about about the systemic barriers in their way. Read more.

November 2018: RFPP joined BC People First for a workshop on inclusive housing at Housing Central, BC’s premier annual forum on affordable housing. Here’s the presentation shared by our navigator team lead, Paul Gauthier.

October 2018: On Oct. 20, BC elects municipal leaders who hold the key to fixing local housing challenges. Great time to read & share this excellent, made-in-BC toolkit on building accessible, inclusive communities for people of all ages and abilities

In June, we hosted partners and community leaders to discuss lessons to date and priorities for further work. This excellent dialogue provided important insights and guidance for our ongoing work, as summarized in our RoundtableReport.

September 2018: Read about The Right Fit and other affordable housing solutions for people with disabilities in the Fall 2018 issue of DABC’s Transition Magazine.

August 2018: Partnerships with providers of affordable and accessible housing are key to the success of our pilot project. Find out how housing providers can help us ensure that wheelchair users are able to find and access housing that’s the right fit for their needs.

July 2018: RFPP is one of the novel approaches being tested across Canada to tackle homelessness and affordable housing. Learn more at the Community Workspace & Innovation Station at The Homeless Hub.

June 2018: RFPP hosts an Accessible Housing Roundtable to seek community guidance on Year 2-3 priorities for our pilot.

May/June 2018: RFPP joins the Province of BC and Canada to celebrate AccessAbility Week! Our navigator team and housing partners have now helped two indoor wheelchair users find an affordable accessible home in Metro Vancouver with a third on track to move in June 1! Limited supply of accessible subsidized housing and extremely low turnover of these prized units is our biggest barrier to access.

May 2018: Thanks to our generous funders at the Vancouver Foundation for featuring The Right Fit Pilot Project in their 2018 Magazine (Page 5)

We’ve launched a quarterly newsletter! Read it here and subscribe to our mailing list below if you want to receive future editions.

April 2018: Listen to our navigator team lead Paul Gauthier discuss community supports for independent living on Soapbox Radio (approx. 15 minute mark).

March 2018: Hard to believe it’s been a year already! Read our reflections on what we’ve accomplished so far and lessons learned in our first year.

December 2017: Listen to us discussing the need for RFPP on a special edition of CBC Radio’s The Early Edition co-hosted by Rick Cluff and Rick Hansen.

Read how the BC government is supporting The Right Fit Pilot Project and other accessibility initiatives in the 2017 Progress Update.

November 2017: We’re presenting at BCNPHA’s Housing Central Conference on Nov. 20. Download our presentation.

October 2017: Connect with us at CHF-BC’s Fall Education Event on Oct. 28 in Richmond, BC to learn more about how RFPP can help match housing needs & availability.

Download & use our Wheelchair Accessibility Checklist. It provides common standards for describing housing accessibility features to help housing providers and applicants match needs to availability.

Fall 2017: Read about RFPP in the Fall issue of DABC’s Transition magazine.

Sept 2017: Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter for project updates & discussion.

Aug 2017: Phase 1 of The Right Fit Pilot Project launches today! Thanks to all the planning & preparation work by our dedicated partners!

Check out the Summer 2017 edition of Scoop, newsletter of the Co-Op Housing Federation of BC, for an article (Page 33) on how housing co-ops can support The Right Fit Pilot Project and help wheelchair users find a home that’s the right fit.


Contacts

Dalton Finlay
Project Manager & Navigator
Individualized Funding Resource Centre
RightFit@IFRCSociety.org
Phone: 604-777-7576

Jessica Roberts-Farina
Project Coordinator – The Right Fit Pilot Project
Disability Alliance BC
rfppcoordination@gmail.com
Phone: 604-875-0188 ext 108