Fokus Housing and Services

What is Fokus Housing and Services?
Fokus Housing and Services is based upon a Swedish concept that facilitates individuals living with physical disabilities to live in the community by providing wheelchair accessible suites with attendant care services, housekeeping and meal preparation.
This approach to community living is designed for those individuals who have a capacity to govern their own affairs and who wish to be involved in the management of the Fokus system.

Each Fokus building has a selection committee which includes the tenants who live at each location, this way as a Fokus tenant you will have the opportunity to contribute to the operation of the building that you live in.

  • Fokus I
  • Fokus II
  • Fokus III
  • Fokus IV

History
The first Fokus unit was established in 1978. There are currently four units in operation throughout Winnipeg.  All units are conveniently located near shopping centers, as well as transportation services and other conveniences.

The Fokus concept is managed by the Fokus Council.  The Fokus Council is made up of Fokus Unit representatives and is a Standing Committee of the Ten Ten Sinclair Housing Inc. Board.
While each unit is structured the same, tenant participation results in the development of unit policies creating a unique character at each location.

Fokus Philosophy
Fokus Housing and Services represents beliefs and views of individuals committed to a common goal and prepared to contribute to its maintenance on an ongoing basis.  The goal incorporates the belief that every individual has a right to self-control, a free and independent life style, self-management and the exercising of rights and responsibilities inherent to every Canadian citizen.
The two principle components necessary to achieve this goal are permanent housing and attendant care support available on a 24 hour basis.

Supports Available

  • Wheelchair Accessible Suites
  • Shared Care Attendant Services
  • Housekeeping/ Laundry
  • Meal Preparation

Note:
All buildings have main entrance power
door openers for easy access.
All have 24 hour attendant supports available.

Entrance Requirements

  • Applicants for entrance to Fokus Housing and Services will be accepted on the basis of the following criteria:
  • Must be 18 years of age or older and be legally responsible themselves.
  • Must have the ability to pay rent and meet lease conditions as well as enter into a signed contract.
  • Must have a physical disability which requires support from Fokus attendant services.
  • Must be eligible to receive attendant services from Home Care with an estimated amount of 20 care hours per week.
  • Must require an apartment unit with a physically accessible design.
  • Must understand, accept and abide by the Fokus philosophy and goals.
  • Must have demonstrated understanding, interest and willingness to participate cooperatively in the process of shared attendant services.
  • Must have demonstrated the ability to take responsibility for an independent lifestyle.
  • Must demonstrate a willingness to communicate with attendants in a respectful manner.
  • Must be willing to train and direct staff on an ongoing basis.
  • Must have the ability to maintain an appropriate employer/ employee relationship.
  • The tenant recognizes that the apartment and the attendant care services are attached. Should the tenant no longer wish to receive services from Fokus, they must vacate the apartment unit.

Fokus Unit Addresses
Fokus I— 375 Assiniboine Ave.
Fokus II— 15 Kennedy St.
Fokus III— 299 Queen St.
Fokus IV— 90 Garry St.