Residential Services Homes (Domiciliary Hostels)

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Residential Services Homes

Residential Services Homes, also known as domiciliary hostels, are private or non-profit residences that provide long-term housing to vulnerable adults who require some supervision and services to maintain their independent living. Residents are typically living with a psychiatric, developmental or physical illness and/or disability. These homes offer a residential living environment that is safe and supportive for all residents.

Services include:

  • Furnished rooms (most are shared accommodation)
  • 24-hour urgent response
  • Medication management
  • Meals and snacks
  • Housekeeping and personal laundry
  • Social and/or recreational activities
  • Access to both on-site and other community-based services

The Residential Service Homes Standards [ 908 KB ] outline the City's expectations for service delivery and ensure that services are delivered with dignity and respect.

The City of Ottawa provides subsidy to residents on low income to help with the cost of their board and lodging in a residence.