Occupancy Agreement

 Houses sponsored by the Victoria Human Exchange Society

  • Victoria: Charlie Pyott House, McGivney House.
  • Sidney: Fran Thibeau House and Judy Thomas House
  • Saltspring Island: Grandma’s House
  • Nanaimo: Mary Gordon House

 

Terms of Occupation and Guidelines

NOTE: Persons applying to live in these Houses must have at least three months clean and sober. Persons with mental illness should be taking their meds. and have a doctor and counselor.

ALL ABOUT THESE HOUSES:
These six houses are broad base Retreat Houses, supplying temporary housing for low income persons committed to being clean and sober.

BOUNDARIES AND GUIDELINES:

  • Persons using these houses must abstain from alcohol and illegal drugs in or away from the House. Any person violating this boundary will leave immediately.
  • No one will jeopardize the safety of the house, occupants, or volunteers – Any person violating this boundary will leave immediately.
  • There is absolutely no smoking in the house or out any of the windows, or in the outbuildings Any person violating this boundary will leave immediately. Designated areas for rolling cigarettes and smoking are the porch and decks.
  • Dispose of butts in containers provided – not on the ground.
  • Maximum length of stay for short term occupation: 3 – 4 days.
  • Maximum length for other persons: 3 months (or longer if approved by Board members).
  • Payment for room must be paid as soon as money is available.
  • Persons who are in recovery from substance abuse may use the house if they have been through treatment and have at least three months clean time. They must attend regular 12 Step meetings and be in touch with a counselor.
  • Respect for other occupants - no noise from 11PM to 7AM. This is a quiet house.
  • Respect for facilitator and other volunteers. Naps in bedroom–not in lounge.
  • Visitors are permitted by invitation only, and only with the acknowledgment of the facilitator. The visitor and their actions are the responsibility of the occupant who invites them.
  • Cleaning up after yourself (kitchen, laundry room, living room, personal space).
  • The telephone is available for local calls only.
  • No pets are permitted
  • At least two weeks notice should be given when occupant intends to leave the House.

 

COST:

Individuals: $15.00 per night, $400.00 per month

 

An Occupancy Agreement must be signed by the occupant stating they understand the boundaries and guidelines before a room can be occupied.

 

ALL ABOUT THESE HOUSES:
These six houses are broad base Retreat Houses, supplying temporary housing for low income persons committed to being clean and sober.

Occupants Exchange of Gifts Agreement:

  • Included in the cost of staying at these houses are: use of household furniture; bed linen/blankets; pillows; cooking utensils; kitchen cleaning supplies; laundry supplies; household cleaning supplies; etc.
  • Also included in the cost of staying at these houses are: microwave oven; stove; refrigerator; hydro; hot water; heat;  telephone service; TV; VCR; computer; garbage collection/recycling service.
  • When available by donation: bulk sugar; cereal; rice; bread/buns/pies/cakes; tinned goods; vegetables; fruit; meat; etc..
    All to be shared.
  • In return for these gifts, occupants are asked to take good care of the house and its grounds. When occupants leave they should prepare their room for the next occupant (vacuum, make bed, launder sheets, etc.). The House key must be returned to the facilitator or to her representative.
  • The facilitator deals with the landlord, the Ministry of Social Development and Economic Security, and the Victoria Human Exchange Society. The facilitator will also network with the local groups in Victoria, Sidney and on Saltspring Island, to obtain support and funding for persons and initiatives at these houses.