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Community Accommodation

Community Living Renfrew County South offers a variety of different supportive living models. Each assists individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live as independently and inclusively as possible within their communities.

24 Hour Supported Living

Support is provided by Community Living in various locations and situations. We believe strongly that people should be able to choose where they live and we work to provide options for the people who seek out these supports with us.

We are committed to person-directed approaches and have partnerships across the county where we provide 24-hour support. Community Living uses a holistic approach to fostering success in areas of health, safety, relationships, and contributions through this support model. Supports are designed to maximize community involvement for each person supported.

If you have questions or would like more information please contact commliving@clrcs.com.

Supported Independent Living

Supported Independent Living (SIL) is community-based support which promotes the choice of living independently within the community. People supported through SIL often live in an apartment either on their own or with a roommate or partner.

Support focuses on enhancing or developing a person’s ability to live as independently as possible. Skill development can focus on budgeting, apartment maintenance, grocery shopping, social and relationship building, community networking, advocacy and rights, healthy living choices and other aspects of daily living. Hours of staff support varies from person to person and is based specifically on need.

If you have any questions about suported independent livning, please contact commliving@clrcs.com.


Share Your Home

Through LifeShare, families can offer a safe and nurturing environment for adults with intellectual disabilities (home sharers). LifeShare (also known as host family) is so much more than providing a room in your home. Being a home provider means you’re giving someone with a developmental disability “a place in your heart, a place in your home.”

People with developmental disabilities are active participants in their communities. They can be athletes, artists, employees, advocates, community volunteers, neighbours and friends. They’re an important part of the community and contribute to the strength of our province. LifeShare helps adults with developmental disabilities, who are 18 and older, live as independently as possible in their communities.

Download the Lifeshare Booklet.

The History and Mission of LifeShare

The Family Home program, LifeShare, started in 1984, as part of the Ministry of Community and Social Service’s commitment to provide a range of services for adults 18 and older with intellectual disabilities. Over time, the name of the program changed but the overall goals of LifeShare have remained constant:

  • Provide adults with developmental disabilities a home-like setting with a sense of family, safety, continuity and security
  • Promote a high quality of life
  • Support community involvement, social inclusion, individual choice, independence, rights and responsibilities

Who is involved?

There are currently more than 70,000 adults in Ontario with developmental disabilities. As of 2016, approximately 18,000 people with developmental disabilities receive government-funded residential supports:

  • 57% are part of traditional supported group living residences or intensive support residences
  • 34% are part of supported independent living programs or specialized accommodation
  • 9% participate in LifeShare (also known as host family)
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