Friendship Village – a New Vision for Charles Street!

We are thrilled to share with you our vision to build a supportive housing and community hub on our current Charles Street property in downtown Kitchener!

“Friendship Village” is an exciting two-phased project that will provide new homes for individuals experiencing homelessness in Waterloo Region. The first phase of the project will add 100 new supportive housing units, while a second, later phase, will include 70 affordable housing apartments. By the time the entire project is complete, there will be a total of 170 new homes!

This concept image shows the first phase of House of Friendship’s supportive housing and community hub project, and will include 100 new housing units.

This improved, more efficient use of our land will ensure that more community members will be able to leave homelessness behind for good.

Friendship Village will also provide a hub of support for all residents, including the existing supportive and affordable housing residents of Eby and Charles Village apartment buildings. An added bonus will be that individuals living in the community can enjoy a continuum of care, remaining in the program as their needs change.

The hub of onsite supports will include spaces and services to support the wellbeing and belonging of all residents, including health care, passive and active recreational spaces, and communal meeting areas, along with a dedicated outdoor courtyard. In addition, the new building will be home to House of Friendship’s administrative offices. Construction is taking place later this year.

In the meantime, you can find our temporary administrative headquarters at 3A-236 Victoria St. N. in Kitchener.

If you are interested in supporting this project, you may visit www.houseoffriendship.org/donate and choose the drop-down selection: Friendship Village – Supportive Housing Hub.

Posted on: June 27th, 2024

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