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Transitional Houses in Canada

Transitional homes are in the same category as halfway homes and sober living homes as they provide stable environment for people in need. For example, a transitional house can help women and children who are fleeing abusive relationships. It is considered a temporary step between a crisis occurring in someone’s life and permanent housing. These are more long term options for people, and will be not a short-term solution. The length of stay can be either three months or three years, but allows the person the time to create a new life and transition into this new life. Transitional houses operate as supportive environments and allow the residents the time to overcome any traumas or regain stability within his or her life. Transitional houses are situated within designated housing units, which are set up similarly to sober living homes or halfway houses. These are not necessarily private residents, but rather a communal living space with strong support networks. Transitional homes have also been available to help people who are homeless, and this does include homeless addicts; many of the major Canadian cities are battling homelessness with so many homeless people struggling with an addiction or substance abuse disorders. Because transitional housing is not permanent, the people operating these places will do everything to help a person move on, and begin his or her life.

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What Types Transitional Homes are available in Canada?

Transitional homes in Canada allow men and women the opportunity to escape dangerous environments or a crisis situation that may cause them some harm. There are many different types of facilities throughout Canada, and this includes:

  • Standard shelters – residential facilities that are not specifically classified and offer services to men and women in need.
  • Emergency Shelters – these are normally short-term facilities and are adapted to helping a wide age group, and some are specific to only men or women. More commonly these types of transitional homes will help people who are connected to family abuse and trauma.
  • Transition homes and shelters – these are typically secured housing for people in need, and can offer a place to live for two or three months or longer if needed.
  • Safe home networks – this offers short-term emergency housing for men, women, and their children.
  • Second stage housing – this type of housing is the longest term option for people, and can provide a place to stay for upwards of twelve months or more, and provide a structured support network.


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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people.

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