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BNH developed a 14-bed transitional home known as Ojistoh House. Ojistoh House is for Aboriginal women with or without children who are experiencing homelessness or at-risk of homelessness. Women with Aboriginal children in their custody would benefit from the program as well. Ojistoh House operates using two (2) streams. The Healing Journey stream allows women to stay for up to one (1) year while focusing on their own healing goals. Residential programming is scheduling based on individual plans of care. The Home Search stream allows women to stay for up to six (6) weeks while focusing on find their own home in the community.

Ojistoh House is Brantford Native Housing’s transitional home for Indigenous women who are motivated to begin their journey toward balance. At least 50% of the family (female applicants bringing children) must be of Indigenous ancestry. This community-based healing house offers programs and supports in an environment of safety, healing, and togetherness. The main objective of programming and living at Ojistoh House is addressing intergenerational trauma, root causes of domestic violence, and chronic homelessness. With the goal of reducing recidivism, the programs’ healing practice is anchored in traditional cultural supports and one-on-one case management, including counselling, and life-skills development. Brantford Native Housing encourages participants to identify and achieve their personal goals. This is done by providing wrap-around services that include planning for the transition to independent living, education regarding affordable housing support services, financial supports, and aftercare programming. Since launching Ojistoh House in 2007, we have celebrated a number of successful graduations. Brantford Native Housing is privileged to maintain a strong supportive relationship within our sisterhood. Graduates leave strengthened by community and a sense of belonging that continues long after they have graduated.

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