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
See below for open grants, guidelines, eligibility, requirements and applications forms.
Reaching Home COVID-19 Economic Response Plan funding FAQ
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.
$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.
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.
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:
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
Applications are open on a rolling basis, however, we recommend applying as soon as possible.