Media Release

April 15, 2024

Provincial Government to Partner with End Homelessness St. John’s to Operate the Transitional Supportive Living Initiative

The Provincial Government is today announcing a partnership with End Homelessness St. John’s to operate a Transitional Supportive Living Initiative at 106 Airport Road in St. John’s. The partnership will help individuals experiencing homelessness who require housing and wrap-around supports receive the assistance they need from trained staff with sector expertise and experience.

In this role, End Homelessness St. John’s will oversee the operations of the facility, managing coordination with key partners, including Newfoundland and Labrador Health Services (NL Health Services), community partners and security services.

The Honourable Fred Hutton, Minister of Housing, and the Honourable John G. Abbott, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, will join Doug Pawson, Executive Director of End Homelessness St. John’s and Ron Johnson, Chief Operating Officer, Eastern Urban Zone, NL Health Services for a media availability today at 11:00 a.m. at 106 Airport Road, St. John’s. Following the availability, members of the media will be invited to tour the facility. 

The Transitional Supportive Living Initiative fills a current gap in the housing system for individuals experiencing homelessness with complex needs who require not only a safe place to live, but also wrap-around supports. It will provide a pathway for individuals to successfully transition to more independent and stable housing in the future. The initiative will:

  • Offer on-site health supports and life skills development to help transition from homelessness to more stable housing; and
  • Support system-wide transformation to better align health, housing and social supports.

A collaborative intake process will be used to select residents, which will follow the established Coordinated Access system currently used by End Homelessness St. John’s and community partners. This process will be designed to reflect the best practices identified by community partners locally.

Project implementation will occur in a phased approach for both intake and staffing. This approach will allow the organization to pay close attention to the mix of residents, their level of need and available rooms and support.

The facility includes over 140 rooms and common areas for service delivery. In addition to staffing and intake, End Homelessness St. John’s will work to design tenant-led site programming, which will be integrated with community programming. This may include cultural support, peer support, counselling and life skills development. At the same time, NL Health Services will provide wrap-around health care services to those on-site, including harm reduction, primary health care, case management, mental health and addiction services and social navigation.

The Provincial Government will maintain an oversight and monitoring role for the project, ensuring that the project is meeting its intended outcomes.

“We are pleased to expand our partnership with End Homelessness St. John’s. This organization is well positioned to lead the coordination and integration of system-wide planning to support those experiencing homelessness in transitioning to more secure, long-term solutions.”
Honourable Fred Hutton
Minister of Housing

“This new initiative will expand the housing continuum in the province, and is another example of how, in working with dedicated community partners, we can find creative solutions to addressing the issue of homelessness.”
Honourable John G. Abbott
Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure

“End Homelessness St. John’s is pleased to lead the operations of the Transitional Supportive Living Initiative. The strategic integration of housing, health and community support in this initiative is transformative for our community and province. At the foundation of this initiative is strong partnerships between NL Housing, NL Health Services, End Homelessness St. John’s and our many community partners which demonstrate that when we work together, we can improve housing and health outcomes for our most vulnerable neighbours.”
Doug Pawson
Executive Director, End Homelessness St. John’s

“NL Health Services is pleased to work with our partners to explore different models of health-care delivery that support the well-being of every person. The transitional supportive living facility on Airport Road will provide an opportunity to implement a housing-first model of care, where comprehensive health services will focus on life skills development from a trauma-informed lens.”
Ron Johnson

Chief Operating Officer – Eastern Urban Zone, NL Health Services


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Marc Budgell
Newfoundland and Labrador Housing
709-724-3025, 709-727-5843

Melony O’Neill
Transportation and Infrastructure
709-729-3015, 709-689-0928

Doug Pawson
End Homelessness St. John’s

Mikaela Etchegary
NL Health Services