Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy is the Government of Canada’s community-based program, aimed at preventing and reducing homelessness across Canada. This program provides funding to urban, Indigenous, rural and remote communities to help people facing homelessness or at risk of homelessness.
Reaching Home supports the goals of the National Housing Strategy, in particular, to support the most vulnerable Canadians in maintaining safe, stable and affordable housing and to reduce chronic homelessness nationally by 50% by fiscal 2027.
In March 2020, the Government of Canada announced additional funding to temporarily support people at risk of or experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Nanaimo has received $1,254,632 since April 2020 in emergency COVID-19 funding, through two funding streams in response to the crisis. $868,909 has already been allocated to 17 organizations delivering 25 programs. The remaining funds will be allocated to other programs working to end homelessness in the region. Those funds were distributed to:
Nanaimo is a designated community to receive funds from the Government of Canada through Reaching Home. Funding is provided to Nanaimo through two project streams:
Indigenous Homelessness: providing funding to organizations that offer supports to meet the unique needs of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness.
Designated Communities: providing funding to organizations who help support people experiencing homelessness, while working to reduce homelessness.
Nanaimo receives approximately $525,000 annually to reinvest into Nanaimo’s efforts to end homelessness through the Designated Communities Stream. Another $217,000 is allocated for the Indigenous Homelessness Stream.
In Nanaimo, Reaching Home funds are invested in the following areas:
United Way BC – Central & Northern Vancouver Island (UWBC – CNVI) is the Community Entity (CE) for the Reaching Home initiative. As CE, it is the administrator for Federal Government funding and investments.
All Canadian communities that receive Reaching Home funding are required to have a Community Advisory Board (CAB). In Nanaimo, the CAB is formed of voting members representing non-profits, First Nations, service providers, agencies and governments.
The CAB plays a key role in establishing priorities to prevent and reduce homelessness in the community, encourages partnerships, coordinates community efforts, identifies priorities through a planning process, and votes on projects that should receive funding from the CE.
The Nanaimo Homeless Coalition brings together non-profit organizations, governments and concerned citizens to create a united front. Together we are developing and driving solutions to end homelessness while diminishing the harm caused by homelessness on individuals and community.
The Nanaimo Homeless Coalition offers guidance and direction on service delivery for our most at-risk residents. By bringing together the many organizations working to address homelessness, we are more impactful and effective in our collaboration.
Coordinated Access will help people facing homelessness access assistance in a coordinated and standardized way, connecting them with the support they need and placing them into housing more efficiently.
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