The Hamilton Public Library: Visiting Library Services Posted on Feb 20, 2013

Rediscover your love of literature. Take advantage of the Hamilton Public Library's (HPL) visiting book service.  

The HPL has a variety of materials for your enjoyment, offered free of charge to residents of First Place Hamilton. Including:

  • hard-cover and paper-back books
  • large print books
  • foriegn language books
  • magazines
  • audio books
  • CD's
  • DVD's

To register for this service, contact 905 546 3222. 



IN THE NEWS: S.M.I.L.E. Wellness (Mountain News 01/31/13) Posted on Feb 4, 2013

Mohawk Gardens residents SMILE-ing about new wellness programs 

By Gord Bowes, News staff

Residents at a central Mountain seniors building now have easy access to a wide range of health and lifestyle programs.

In an area of the CityHousing Hamilton building at 395 Mohawk Rd. East that was formerly an apartment unit, they can now use services provided by the Seniors Managing in Life Experiences (SMILE) wellness program.

It's the sixth SMILE program in a city building and was the result of a request from more than 50 residents.
"It's really tenant-driven," said Brenda Osborne, CEO of CityHousing Hamilton.

Beverly Wilson, a volunteer leader at the building known as Mohawk Gardens, said the programs will help residents with a variety of ailments and help the rest with maintaining general good health.

"It's getting people out who normally stay in their apartment. They're socializing," said Wilson. "I think it's the most awesome thing we're ever done."

Physiotherapy, diabetes clinics, footcare and reflexology are among the offerings currently available. They are made available at little or no cost to the residents.

Dimentia awareness workshops by the Alzheimer's Society and VON clinics are coming soon.



On-site Support for Residents - CHH Community Relations Worker Posted on Feb 1, 2013

Debbie Prentice, Community Relations Worker 

CityHousing Hamilton 


As a Community Relations Worker for CHH, Debbie's role is to support CHH tenants in maintaining stable housing and preventing eviction. This can include, but is not limited to:

  • one-on-one meetings
  • home evaluations and needs assessments
  • counseling
  • problem resolution
  • information sharing
  • community outreach (CCAC, VON, Catholic Family Services, Seniors for Seniors etc.)
  • document review and completion

Debbie's on-site office hours are Wednesday and Friday between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm. To schedule an appointment, please call (905) 523 8496 x 2355.




S.M.I.L.E. Wellness Program Diabetic Clinic Posted on Jan 4, 2013

S.M.I.L.E. Wellness Program

FREE Diabetic Clinic for Members!

Invest in your health and join the S.M.I.L.E. Wellness Program today. Members at risk of diabetes, or currently living with diabetes, now have access to a registered Dietician and Nurse through the First Place Hamilton Diabetic Clinic.  

  • Learn the risks of living with diabetes
  • Identify symptoms and how to manage them
  • Learn how diet can impact your wellbeing
  • Discuss how to manage your medication
  • Ask questions and get answers

Limited space is available. Register today at the Recreation and Leisure Services Office.  





Senior Watch Program - Floor Captains Needed Posted on Nov 2, 2012

Neighbours helping Neighbours at First Place Hamilton

FPH is excited to announce its very first Senior Watch Program. A voluntary program aimed at ensuring the safety and well-being of residents during overnight and early morning hours.

How it works:

  • Participating residents will receive a yellow door hanger, that is to be displayed each night and removed each morning.
  • Equipped with a list of participating residents, Floor Captains will check their floor each morning to ensure all yellow door hangers have been removed.
  • If a door hanger is gone, the Floor Captain can rest assured their neighbour has had a good night and is safe and well.
  • If a door hanger remains, the Floor Captain will attempt to contact their neighbour by knocking.
  • If the Floor Captain is unsuccessfull in contacting their neighbour, they will alert staff in the Recreation and Leisure Services Office.
  • Staff will then attempt contact the participant by telephone.
  • If staff is unsuccessfull in contacting the participant by telephone, than emergency personell will be dispatched.  

Interested in being a Floor Captain?

Please visit the Recreation and Leisure Services Office on 3C by November 15, 2012 and leave your name and contact information with staff or a volunteer attendant. 

Interested in Participating?

FPH residents will be welcome to register and pick up their door hanger once all floor have been assigned a Floor Captain.  A notice will be posted outside the Recreation and Leisure Services Office on the information board when registration is open.





Recent Improvements to Maintenance Operations Posted on Oct 23, 2012

To Serve You Better!

CityHousing Hamilton (CHH) staff are making changes to ensure that your maintenance requests are completed promptly and to your satisfaction.

For repairs and maintenance requests, please complete a maintenance request form at your building or at one of our site offices. CHH will dispatch your maintenance request to one of our skilled contractors, who will then contact you to schedule the work.

Once the contractor has finished working, you may be asked to verify completion with a signature. If you do not feel comfortable signing, you have the right to refuse. It is not mandatory that the contractor obtain a signature from you.

Your comments and feedback are important to us, so please be sure to keep us informed of your experiences by calling 905 523 8496.




New Property Management Software Posted on Jul 27, 2012

Dear Tenants;


CityHousing Hamilton has been working on the implementation of our new Property Management Software for the past two years. Our "go-live" date is September 10, 2012 and we are now in the process of ensuring all CityHousing Hamilton staff is trained for this date.

During the summer months we experience staff shortages due to vacation time and this summer our challenge has been working around vacation time and training sessions which may result in service delays to our tenants.

We are asking for your patience and understanding over the next few months as we prepare to make this important change in the way CityHousing Hamilton operates.

We are very excited about the new software as it will enhance the service we are able to deliver and allow us to track information for future planning.

I wish to thank you in advance for your co-operation and understanding over the next few months as we prepare for our software "go-live" date of September 10, 2012.



Brenda Osborne, CPM, CRP

CEO/Director, CityHousing Hamilton  




The McMaster Discovery Program Posted on Jul 25, 2012

Are you and adult who loves to learn?

This fall, the McMaster Discovery Program is offering a free university-level, non-credit course to adults living in Hamilton who experience barriers to accessing higher learning oppourtunities.

In this program you will

  • read, understand and evlauate works of art, history and literature in English
  • develop your own creative expressions in writng, art, or media
  • connect with further opportunities for lifelong learning

Those who apply must be adults who

  • have a love of learning
  • love to read
  • are willing to attend 1 orientation session
  • 12 classes, complete assigned reading and homework (which could take 1 hour/day), and participate in group discussions

To apply

Send anvemail to Jeanette Eby, the Coordinator of the McMaster Discovery Program at or drop off your application on paper to the Hamilton Central Public Library fourth floor Security Desk, located at 55 York Blvd.

Your application must include:

  • your full name
  • the best way we can get in touch with you
  • a paragraph that explains why you are interested in participating in the McMaster Discovery Program

The course runs for 12 weeks beginning on September 15. We will meet in the Hamilton Central Public Library every Saturday from 10am to 2pm - lunch provided.

Each class will involve a lecture from the professor and a workshop session with the coordinator and a student support team from McMaster.

The course theme is called "Voicing Hamilton" and will focus on the different stories people have told about the city we live in, through texts of literature, history and poetry, and visual arts.