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 onsite shared attendant care services, housekeeping, and meal preparation. This approach to community living is designed for those individuals who have the capacity to govern their own affairs and who wish to be involved in the management of the Fokus system.
Ten Ten Sinclair Housing Inc.’s 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.
Fokus Housing is managed by the Fokus Council, which is made up of Fokus unit representatives and is a Standing Committee of the Ten Ten Sinclair Housing Inc. Board. In addition, each Fokus location has a selection committee which includes the tenants who live in the building, ensuring that tenants have the opportunity to contribute to the operation of the buildings they live in. While the structure of each unit is the same, tenant participation results in the development of unit policies, creating a unique character at each location.
Fokus Housing represents the 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 lifestyle, self-management, and the exercising of rights and responsibilities inherent to every Canadian Citizen.
The aim of Fokus Housing is the community integration of individuals living with a physical disability, with a demonstrated capacity to govern their own affairs, through the creation of suitable, integrated living environments. The two principle components necessary to achieve this goal are permanent housing and permanent, shared support services.