After a few turbulent years (see links below), Transition House now has a new Executive director, Anne Newman – Anne started work just before the Covid-19 crisis started. With social distancing required, and schools closed, residents were moved to a dormitory style arrangement at CCI. Since then, Transition House has been fully operational there and their 10 Chapel Street location has been closed. On Thursday, June 25, Transition House held their Annual General Meeting and together with additional input from Anne, I can now provide an update.
But first, let’s spell out what Transition House does. First and foremost they provide short term emergency housing for adults. Then they help clients move into affordable housing. They are primarily funded by Northumberland County who contribute 69% of their $677K budget. Most clients are men (75%) and the breakdown is shown in the graphic at right.
They work with partners:
- Northumberland County Community & Social Services
- The Help Centre
- The Salvation Army
- Port Hope Northumberland Community Health Centre
- Northumberland Hills Hospital Community Mental Health Services
- Watton Employment
- Affordable Housing Committee
- United Way Northumberland
Also Greenwood Coaltion.
Currently there are 30 beds at CCI (Cobourg Collegiate Institute) and with the schools set to re-open in some form in September, Transition house will be vacating the school in August and moving back to the house. Anne reports that “In the meantime we are preparing the home with a refresh in order to be able to provide a gold standard of public health requirements under COVID.”
Governance is by a board who oversee activities. With two new members recently added, the board members are now:
- Chair: Marsha Jones
- Vice Chair/Treasurer: Linda Hinton
- Member: Nicole Gibson
- Member: Taylor Nelson
- Member: Sister Teresa Ryan
- Member (Police representative): Jeff Shiels
- Past Chair: Catherine White
- New Member: Linda Farrell
- New Member: Jeff Wheeldon
- Non-Voting County Representative: Sarah Tanner
- Town of Cobourg Observer: Nicole Beatty
Some other facts
Their fiscal year is April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020 and the following numbers are for that period:
- With their reopening, they have a completely new staff
- 75% of their budget goes to wages
- 15% of income comes from donations, mostly organizations
- 8% of income came from a Trillium grant
- 11% of expenses are for repairs and maintenance
- This is the only such facility in Northumberland
- A Strategic plan has been developed for the period 2020 – 2025. It mostly speaks to behaviour and governance issues (see AGM presentation in links below).
Below are links covering some of the recent happenings with Transition House plus additional information.
- Transition House expansion into CCI – 20 March 2020
- Neighbours unhappy with Transition House Usage – 27 November 2019
- Transition House shelter in Cobourg re-opens – Global News 26 October 2018
- Transition House web site
- Download the full presentation for the AGM