380 Cumberland Street was the first apartment building opened by Options Bytown in 1989. It is situated in the heart of the Byward market.
We provide rent geared to income self-contained apartments to 63 men and women at 380 Cumberland who value the on-site supports offered, as well as a number of community development initiatives.
Tenants have access to trained, on-site support staff. The presence of support staff provides tenants with an opportunity to interact informally with support workers and assists in the development of the Options Bytown community. Support staff provide crisis intervention, mediation services, life skills training, referrals to community support services, as well as assistance with organizing a household. Moreover, they can assist tenants with tackling personal issues or provide resources for finding employment.
Tenants develop life skills and self sufficiency with support from Options Bytown. Tenants can become members on the Board of Directors or they can become involved with their Tenant’s Association. We encourage tenant engagement at every level; this year that includes the development of innovative programs to empower tenants in making decisions about key aspects in their lives. Programs and groups at Options include a Women’s Group, Collective Kitchen Program, Gardening Group, Computer Resource Centres, Sewing Club, Home Maintenance Program, as well as peer support through the Tenant Liaison Program.
Tenants have the opportunity to move on to independent supportive housing if/when they feel ready to do so. Alternatively they are free to remain in Options Bytown management housing on a permanent basis.