Manchester House

Manchester House provides a transition home for people returning to our community from institutions.  Commonly called a halfway house or CRF (Community Residential Facility), the house provides a structured environment and support to give residents an opportunity to safely re-integrate to the community and become contributing members of society.

The House accommodates up to fifteen residents in nine single and three double rooms.  The house itself is a large renovated home, centrally located in Victoria.  It is near shopping facilities, and main bus routes, with good connections to Camosun College, the University of Victoria, and employment centers.  Residents are responsible for providing their own meals and use the two fully equipped kitchens in the house. Residents are required to assist in the overall maintenance of the house, keeping their rooms and other areas clean and tidy. Laundry facilities are also available at the House. A living allowance is paid to unemployed residents and those who are attending school or training as part of their resident action plan.

The Program

The overall program at Manchester House is designed to reflect the philosophies of accountability and aspiring to independent living.  The realities of the day-to-day living at the House and in the community become the core of the program.  These realities include:

  • Cooking meals for oneself
  • Budgeting money
  • Dealing with addictions
  • Searching for employment
  • Going to work or school
  • Cleaning up after oneself
  • Making and keeping appointments
  • Sorting out relationships
  • Communal housekeeping chores

Most people who come to Manchester House are trying to make changes so that they can make a better adjustment to living back in the community.  Anyone involved in trying to make changes experiences ups and downs, and each resident has a counselor assigned for one-to-one support.  Staff at the house are there to provide moral support to all residents, and to assist in any way we can to help them to make the changes they desire.  At the same time we also believe strongly in holding people accountable to the conditions of their release, and the goals they have set for themselves.  Manchester House is a place to work at what you hope to accomplish; it is not a place to “do your time”.

All potential residents apply to the house and are carefully screened by the Director and a screening committee comprised of staff and community members.  Manchester House only accepts those residents whose risk is, in our opinion, manageable.

Structured programs and meeting in the house include:

  • Narcotics Anonymous meetings
  • Community Development evenings
  • Monthly residents house meeting
  • Nutrition Program
  • CSC Community Maintenance Program

Applying for Residency

If you are at William Head Institution a Manchester House representative interviews at the Institution on a weekly basis.  An inmate can book an appointment on the interview form posted beside the boardroom in E Unit or see the representative on Wednesdays, between 11:00 AM and 3:30 PM.

If you are at another Federal Institution you should send your application to Kathy Roy, the Director of Manchester House, to introduce yourself, provide some background information, and outline what your release plans would be if you were able to come to the house.  At the same time you should ask your Institutional Parole Officer (IPO) to request a Community Assessment to be completed by the Victoria Parole Office to “screen” you for the House.

Important Downloads

Please take the time to review the house manual then download and complete our application form. Once completed you may mail, fax or email it to Kathy Roy, Director of Manchester House using the information below.

Download Application Form - Provincial.doc

Download Application Form - Federal.doc

Download Application Form - Forensic.doc

Download Federal_Manual.doc

Download Forensic_Manual.doc

Manchester House Contact Information

540 Manchester Road
Victoria, B.C. V8T 2N8
Telephone: (250) 384-1340
Fax: (250) 920-3824


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