Building Hope, Home and Community

for men, women, and families throughout Durham Region

Community Residential Facility

Commonly referred to as correctional housing or halfway houses, Cornerstone supports inmates after they have served their time in incarceration. Our residential facility (Community Residential Facility or CRF) has 15 beds to house male federal offenders. As a continuum of correctional services, Cornerstone’s CRF provides these individuals with twenty-four hour supervision as well as general counselling. Through rehabilitative care and innovative programming that is tailored to the needs of the residents, Cornerstone creates an important bridge between institutional care and the community.

Under the guidance of a CRF Coordinator and Case Worker, the goal is to re-integrate each individual back into their home community (usually Durham). Supports include:

  • Employment counselling
  • Addiction and mental health supports
  • Educational upgrading
  • Connections with Ontario Works
  • Working with the Cornerstone outreach team
  • 3 meals a day plus an evening snack
  • A daily living allowance if not currently employed.
Research has shown that halfway houses do not contribute to increased crime rates or to decreased property values. The vast majority of individuals who re-enter the community through a halfway house successfully complete their stays. Further, recidivism rates are low for individuals who have been gradually released into the community.

“Our belief is that those who do not have a home are unable to stabilize and become healthy until their basic needs are met.”

Housing Manager

Our Holistic Approach

In addition to providing a case worker for tenants in our housing programs, we offer:
  • Physical and mental health needs
  • Referrals for help with addiction
  • Help with landlord issues
  • Nutrition and hygiene
  • Medical appointments
  • Securing identification
  • Anger management
  • Help securing work skills and income
  • Cooking classes and shopping
  • Recreational events and art therapy
  • VOICES CRF Support Group

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