What is a Home Takeover?
A home takeover happens when you can’t get someone to leave your home and they start making you feel physically, financially or emotionally unsafe. Home takeovers can be done by people you care about, or by strangers.
Home Takeover Pilot Project
A home takeover is complex with many factors, and intervention requires time, referrals and response from a number of organizations.
To better understand existing response and gaps in responding to a home takeover, the Grey Bruce Health Unit is coordinating a home takeover pilot project. An advisory committee consisting of housing organizations, mental health services, police, fire and other community organizations including the Bruce Grey Poverty Task Force has been formed. Together we are addressing the issue collaboratively to reduce the incidence of home takeover in Rent Geared to Income neighbourhoods.
Home Takeover Response Framework
In 2021, research began with a literature review, community partner survey and survey of people with lived experience. This formed the basis for a response framework and pathway for organizations and service providers. And a series of education/awareness posters.
The Response Framework for Organizations and Service Providers (2022) and Response Pathway (2022) are intended to build community partner capacity to prevent, identify, respond to, and support recovery from home takeover through enhanced inter-sectoral collaboration.
Home Takeover Resources
A series of resources have been created to use for information and education on home takeovers. For more information on the work of the team visit the Grey Bruce Health Unit’s Home Takeover page.
- Home Should be Your Safe Place (Postcard)
- Home Should be a Safe Place (Brochure)
- The Risk of Home Takeover is Real (Poster)
- Look out for it – Home Takeover (Poster)
- Welcomed Guest or Home Takeover? (Checklist)
- Look out for it – Home Takeover (Poster_Black/White Copy)