THE MISSION OF THE BLAIR COURT COMMUNITY HOUSE
Blair Court Community House first opened its doors in 1995. Its purpose is to “provide essential social, recreational and educational programs to those living in the Blair Court community and surrounding area”. Blair court is one of 15 Community Houses in the Ottawa area and is an active member of the Ottawa Coalition of Community Houses.
WHAT IS A COMMUNITY HOUSE?
- Community Houses are unique social service agencies located within social housing neighbourhoods making access to programs easier for residents.
- Community Houses are usually the “first point of contact” for social housing residents seeking assistance, hence the importance of these facilities in meeting the needs of the community.
- They differ from Health & Resource Centers in that Community Houses provide services mainly to their social housing neighbourhood while Health & Resource Centers extend their services to communities outside or beyond the social housing area where they are located.
- Community Houses are not Tenant Associations but there are usually tenant representatives from the social housing neighbourhood on the Community House Board of Directors.