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Reaching Home: Canada's Homelessness Strategy is a community-based program that aims to reduce homelessness through funding on the ground, local agencies whose goals support that of the National Housing Strategy.

UWCNVI has been the Community Entity (CE) for the Reaching Home initiative for more than five years; meaning we are the liaison for Federal Government funding and invest, with the recommendations from local CABs, in local organizations who help to end homelessness in Nanaimo and the Cowichan regions.

There are two types of funding:

  • Indigenous Homeless stream, provides funding through the CE, 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 stream, provides funding through the CE, to organizations in appointed communities who help to support people experiencing and reducing homelessness.

REACHING HOME COVID-19 ECONOMIC RESPONSE PLAN
funded by the Government of Canada's Reaching Home: Canada's Homelessness Strategy

 

United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island has three Reaching Home funding streams open for application:

 

Nanaimo area:

COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund - APPLY NOW, details below

COVID-19 Economic Response Fund - NOW CLOSED

Duncan area:

Indigenous COVID-19 Economic Response Fund - NOW CLOSED

 

See below for guidelines, eligibility, requirements and applications forms.

Reaching Home COVID-19 Economic Response Plan funding FAQ

 

 

Nanaimo area

COVID-19 ECONOMIC  RESPONSE FUND

United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island, in partnership with the Nanaimo Homeless Coalition Community Advisory Board (CAB) in Nanaimo, is pleased to open applications for funding under Reaching Home: Canada's Homelessness Strategy’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan to support organizations in the homeless-serving sector responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. This call is for both the Nanaimo Designated Community Stream and Nanaimo Indigenous Homelessness Stream.

APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED

Thank you to everyone who applied.


FUNDING AVAILABLE

Approximately $300,000 is currently available for the Nanaimo region to support organizations in the homeless-serving sector responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants can request a maximum of $150,000.

1.       Nanaimo Designated Community $150,000                                  2. Nanaimo Indigenous Homelessness $150,000

 

FUNDING PRIORITIES

The objective of this funding is to support organizations who directly support the needs of those experiencing or are at risk of homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic, through activities that meet the Special Directives on COVID-19, linked here

  1. Housing Services
  2. Prevention & Shelter Diversion
  3. Health & Medical Services
  4. Client Support Service       
  5. Capital Investments
  6. Coordination of Resources & Data Collection

Guidelines

Eligible recipients for Indigenous Homelessness funding include: Not-for-profit organizations; Indigenous organizations (Indigenous organizations may include, but are not limited to, incorporated for-profit and not-for-profit Indigenous controlled organizations, Indigenous controlled unincorporated associations, Indian Act Bands, Tribal Councils and Indigenous self-government entities); and, Municipalities.

For-profit organizations may be eligible for funding provided that the nature and intent of the activity is non-commercial.

Eligible recipients for Designated Communities funding include: Not-for-profit organizations; Municipalities; Indigenous organizations (Indigenous organizations may include, but are not limited to, incorporated for-profit and not-for-profit Indigenous controlled organizations, Indigenous controlled unincorporated associations, Indian Act Bands, Tribal Councils and Indigenous self-government entities); and Public health and educational institutions. For-profit organizations may be eligible for funding provided that the nature and intent of the activity is non-commercial.

All activities previously identified as eligible under the Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy Program Directive 1 continue to be eligible. Modifications have been made to broaden eligible activities related to basic needs services and health and medical services to enable communities to implement comprehensive responses to the COVID-19 crisis.

All projects will:

  • Be directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic situation and the repercussions it generates for homeless and vulnerable populations.
  • Focus on a specific response (with identified and measurable outcomes) and occur between July1, 2020 - March 31, 2021.
  • Contribute to reducing the spread of the COVID-19 virus and strengthening the front-line services that are impacted by the significant increase in demands for community services.
  • Demonstrate support for those experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness.
  • Prioritize the safety of agency staff, volunteers and individuals accessing supports and services.

Please see the Reaching Home Directives for more information on eligibility: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/programs/homelessness/directives.html

The list of examples is not exhaustive as any activities that would improve the ability of the community and service providers to respond to the risks posed by COVID-19 to people experiencing or at risk of homelessness warrants consideration.

Housing services

Housing services lead to an individual or family transitioning into more stable housing that has been deemed appropriate and safe. Reaching Home funding can be used to increase the physical distance in shelters, to reduce the risk of viral spread and support social distancing or to place individuals in temporary, transitional, or permanent housing accommodations including for the purposes of self-isolation.

Prevention and Shelter Diversion

Keeping people housed is a key way to limit the spread of COVID-19 as people need to have a secure place to self-isolate. To help people who are at imminent risk of homelessness maintain their housing, communities may wish to use Reaching Home funds to, provide short-term financial assistance, deliver in-kind support. When it is safe and appropriate to do so, diverting individuals and families requesting shelter to other forms of accommodation is an important tool for communities to reduce overcrowding in shelters. Shelter diversion programs help individuals and families seeking shelter to explore safe and appropriate alternate housing arrangements and, if necessary, connect them with services and financial assistance to help them find secure housing.

Health and Medical Services

To enable communities to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak, Reaching Home has added a new temporary category of eligible activities and expenses. Eligible activities include: providing general health and medical services, mental health (including counselling) and addictions support services that are already provided by provinces and territories and direct hiring of health care professionals (for example, nurses, doctors) to provide services directly to clients.

Given this a new eligible expense, communities will be asked to specifically identify amounts spent on health and medical services.

Client support services

Client Support services include individualized services to help improve integration and connectedness to support structures, such as the provision of basic needs and treatment services. They may also include services to support the economic, social and cultural integration of individuals and families. Funding can be used to purchase personal hygiene products, PPE’s or cleaning supplies, acquire physical barriers or provide shelter, or provide access to food or transportation.

Capital investments

Capital investment are intended to increase the capacity or improve the quality of facilities that address the needs of individuals and families who are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness, including those that support culturally appropriate programming for Indigenous individuals and families. Funds may be used to reduce overcrowding in shelters and limit the spread of COVID-19 transmission, purchase or repurpose existing properties to create new temporary housing and renovate existing facilities to, for example, improve ventilation or increase the distance between residents.

Coordination of resources and data collection

In determining their COVID-19 response, Reaching Home funding recipients are encouraged to engage widely with other partners to support a coordinated response at the community level. In this context, Reaching Home funding could be used to: develop partnerships with other sectors, as well as gather, share and disseminate information to key partners and stakeholders, and inform the public, and solicit support or feedback on the community’s response.

Please see the Reaching Home Directives for more information on eligibility: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/programs/homelessness/directives.html

The list of examples is not exhaustive as any activities that would improve the ability of the community and service providers to respond to the risks posed by COVID-19 to people experiencing or at risk of homelessness warrants consideration.

For the purpose of this application call, the Community Advisory Board (CAB) of Nanaimo may consider applications from organizations providing COVID-19 response services in the Nanaimo area.

Funding under this application call will be available to support projects from July 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021. In seeking to meet the immediate needs of applicants and to make funds available as quickly as possible, submissions will be accepted and reviewed until June 15, 2020. We encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible.

All funded projects are required to submit a final report 60 days after March 31, 2021 which will include:

  • Final financial report on budget and actual expenses
  • Final reports on project activities, service statistics and outcomes

Project detail reporting may be required, depending on the project. Specific reporting requirements will be outlined in funding agreements with successful organizations.

Completed applications must be received by no later than June 15th, 2020

APPLICATION REVIEW:

All applications will be subject to a transparent and fair process of review and recommendation by the Community Advisory Boards (CAB) to the Community Entity (CE) for final decision based on due diligence. The total number of projects funded and the amount of funding per project will be determined based on the review and due diligence of proposals received and the funding available.

Applications are now closed.

 

To discuss your organization’s eligibility for the Economic Response Funds please contact impact@uwcnvi.ca

Download guidelines here

 

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COVID-19 EMERGENCY  RESPONSE FUND

United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island (UWCNVI), as the Community Entity for the Nanaimo Homeless Coalition Community Advisory Board (CAB) in Nanaimo, is pleased to open applications for emergency funding under the Reaching Home COVID-19 Economic Response Plan to support organizations in the homeless-serving sector responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. This call is for both the Nanaimo Designated Community Stream and Nanaimo Indigenous Homelessness Stream.

APPLY HERE


FUNDING AVAILABLE

$40,000 available for Emergency Response for Client Support Services to be administered by the UWCNVI.

  • $20,000 Designated Community Stream
  • $20,000 Indigenous Homelessness Stream

Emergency funding requests for up to $2000 will be accepted and must be directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic response and the human and material repercussions it generates. This application process is open on a rolling basis.

 

FUNDING PRIORITIES

The objective of this funding is to support organizations who are providing emergency basic needs services to those experiencing or at risk of homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic, through activities under Client Support Services (Section D) of the updated COVID-19 Reaching Home Directives, linked here. These are small grants to help support emergency response as needed.

Guidelines

Eligible recipients for Indigenous Homelessness funding include: Not-for-profit organizations; Indigenous organizations (Indigenous organizations may include, but are not limited to, incorporated for-profit and not-for-profit Indigenous controlled organizations, Indigenous controlled unincorporated associations, Indian Act Bands, Tribal Councils and Indigenous self-government entities); and, Municipalities.

For-profit organizations may be eligible for funding provided that the nature and intent of the activity is non-commercial. Eligible recipients for Designated Communities funding include: Not-for-profit organizations; Municipalities; Indigenous organizations (Indigenous organizations may include, but are not limited to, incorporated for-profit and not-for-profit Indigenous controlled organizations, Indigenous controlled unincorporated associations, Indian Act Bands, Tribal Councils and Indigenous self-government entities); and Public health and educational institutions. For-profit organizations may be eligible for funding provided that the nature and intent of the activity is non-commercial.

Client supports/Basic needs services

Client support services include individualized activities to help improve integration and connectedness to support structures, such as the provision of basic needs and treatment services. They may also include services to support the economic, social and cultural integration of individuals and families.

To reduce the potential for infection and transmission among people experiencing homelessness and those who work with them, communities may wish to use Reaching Home funds to, for example:

  • increase the frequency of cleaning with disinfectants in, for example, shelter facilities and high traffic areas
  • acquiring and/or providing shelter beds and physical barriers to be placed between beds
  • provide individuals moved off-site from a shelter with access to food and transportation, and
  • purchase personal hygiene products (for example., soaps), personal protection equipment (for example, gloves, masks, gowns, shoe covers), cleaning equipment and cleaning/disinfectant supplies

Any activities that would improve the ability of the community and service providers to respond to the risks posed by COVID-19 to people experiencing or at risk of homelessness will be considered.

Please see the Reaching Home Directives for more information on eligibility:

https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/programs/homelessness/directives.html

For the purpose of this application call, the Community Advisory Board of Nanaimo may consider applications from organizations providing COVID-19 response services in the Nanaimo area.

Funding under this application call will be available to support projects from July 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021. We encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible.

All funded projects are required to submit a final report 60 days after March 31, 2021 which will include:

  • Final financial report on budget and actual expenses
  • Final reports on project activities, service statistics and outcomes
Project detail reporting may be required, depending on the project. Specific reporting requirements will be outlined in funding agreements with successful organizations.

 

Applications are open on a rolling basis, however, we recommend applying as soon as possible.

 

To discuss your organization’s eligibility the Emergency Response Fund for funding please contact impact@uwcnvi.ca

Download application form here

Download guidelines here

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Duncan area

INDIGENOUS REACHING HOME COVID-19 ECONOMIC RESPONSE FUND

United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island, in partnership with the Indigenous Community Advisory Board (CAB) in Duncan, is pleased to open applications for funding under Reaching Home: Canada's Homelessness Strategy’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan to support organizations in the homeless-serving sector responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED

Thank you to everyone who applied.

 

FUNDING AVAILABLE

Approximately $55,000 is currently available for the Duncan region to support organizations in the homeless-serving sector responding to the COVID-19 outbreak. Applicants can request a maximum of $25,000.

 

FUNDING PRIORITIES

The objective of this funding is to support organizations who directly support the needs of those experiencing or are at risk of homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic, through activities that meet the Special Directives on COVID-19: https://www/canada/ca/en/employment-social-development/programs/homelessness/directives.html/. 

 

1. Housing Services
2. Prevention & Shelter Diversion
3. Health & Medical Services
4. Client Support Service         

5. Capital Investments
6. Coordination of Resources & Data Collection

Guidelines

Eligible recipients for Indigenous Homelessness funding include: Not-for-profit organizations; Indigenous organizations (Indigenous organizations may include, but are not limited to, incorporated for-profit and not-for-profit Indigenous controlled organizations, Indigenous controlled unincorporated associations, Indian Act Bands, Tribal Councils and Indigenous self-government entities); and, Municipalities. For-profit organizations may be eligible for funding provided that the nature and intent of the activity is non-commercial.

All activities previously identified as eligible under the Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy Program Directive 1 continue to be eligible. Modifications have been made to broaden eligible activities related to basic needs services and health and medical services to enable communities to implement comprehensive responses to the COVID-19 crisis.

All projects will:

  • Be directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic situation and the repercussions it generates for homeless and vulnerable populations.
  • Focus on a specific response (with identified and measurable outcomes) and occur between July1, 2020 - March 31, 2021.
  • Contribute to reducing the spread of the COVID-19 virus and strengthening the front-line services that are impacted by the significant increase in demands for community services.
  • Demonstrate support for those experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness.
  • Prioritize the safety of agency staff, volunteers and individuals accessing supports and services.

Categories of Eligible Activities:

Housing services

Housing services lead to an individual or family transitioning into more stable housing that has been deemed appropriate and safe. Reaching Home funding can be used to increase the physical distance in shelters, to reduce the risk of viral spread and support social distancing or to place individuals in temporary, transitional, or permanent housing accommodations including for the purposes of self-isolation.

Prevention and Shelter Diversion

Keeping people housed is a key way to limit the spread of COVID-19 as people need to have a secure place to self-isolate. To help people who are at imminent risk of homelessness maintain their housing, communities may wish to use Reaching Home funds to, provide short-term financial assistance, deliver in-kind support. When it is safe and appropriate to do so, diverting individuals and families requesting shelter to other forms of accommodation is an important tool for communities to reduce overcrowding in shelters. Shelter diversion programs help individuals and families seeking shelter to explore safe and appropriate alternate housing arrangements and, if necessary, connect them with services and financial assistance to help them find secure housing.

Health and Medical Services

To enable communities to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak, Reaching Home has added a new temporary category of eligible activities and expenses. Eligible activities include: providing general health and medical services, mental health (including counselling) and addictions support services that are already provided by provinces and territories and direct hiring of health care professionals (for example, nurses, doctors) to provide services directly to clients.

Given this a new eligible expense, communities will be asked to specifically identify amounts spent on health and medical services.

Client support services

Client Support services include individualized services to help improve integration and connectedness to support structures, such as the provision of basic needs and treatment services. They may also include services to support the economic, social and cultural integration of individuals and families. Funding can be used to purchase personal hygiene products, PPE’s or cleaning supplies, acquire physical barriers or provide shelter, or provide access to food or transportation.

Capital investments

Capital investment are intended to increase the capacity or improve the quality of facilities that address the needs of individuals and families who are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness, including those that support culturally appropriate programming for Indigenous individuals and families. Funds may be used to reduce overcrowding in shelters and limit the spread of COVID-19 transmission, purchase or repurpose existing properties to create new temporary housing and renovate existing facilities to, for example, improve ventilation or increase the distance between residents.

Coordination of resources and data collection

In determining their COVID-19 response, Reaching Home funding recipients are encouraged to engage widely with other partners to support a coordinated response at the community level. In this context, Reaching Home funding could be used to: develop partnerships with other sectors, as well as gather, share and disseminate information to key partners and stakeholders, and inform the public, and solicit support or feedback on the community’s response.

Please see the Reaching Home Directives for more information on eligibility: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/programs/homelessness/directives.html

The list of examples is not exhaustive as any activities that would improve the ability of the community and service providers to respond to the risks posed by COVID-19 to people experiencing or at risk of homelessness warrants consideration.

All funded projects are required to submit a final report 60 days after March 31, 2021 which will include:

  • Final financial report on budget and actual expenses
  • Final reports on project activities, service statistics and outcomes

Project detail reporting may be required, depending on the project. Specific reporting requirements will be outlined in funding agreements with successful organizations.

Completed applications must be received by no later than June 15th, 2020

APPLICATION REVIEW:

All applications will be subject to a transparent and fair process of review and recommendation by the Community Advisory Boards (CAB) to the Community Entity (CE) for final decision based on due diligence. The total number of projects funded and the amount of funding per project will be determined based on the review and due diligence of proposals received and the funding available.

 

Applications are now closed.

To discuss your organization’s eligibility for the Indigenous Reaching Home COVID-19 Economic Response Funds please contact ciio@uwcnvi.ca

Download guidelines here

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