veterans' house: the andy Carswell Building
Veterans' House: the Andy Carswell Building is Multifaith Housing Initiative's fifth housing community and first house built exclusively for veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. This pioneering project specifically targets the needs of the rising number of homeless veterans who are "living rough" in Ottawa, and combines safe housing with essential on-site rehabilitation services.
Our vision is to create a unique unit-style community where each of our 40 homeless or at-risk veterans will have immediate access to support services from a variety of partner agencies. This supportive “Housing First” model will give our veterans on-site recovery from health, mental health and addiction-related issues. Not only does the supported housing model improve the overall quality of life but it does so in recognition of crucial and unbreakable experience of military bonds that exist for all in the military community from veterans to their families.
For this Veterans' House initiative, MHI will own the Veterans' House building and manage the property. Using the former CFB Rockcliffe Airbase Lands in Ottawa, the proposed building will comprise three floors of living space, one floor of communal space and a basement for administrative purposes.