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What has been funded through Reaching Home?

Last year, United Way funded 28 agencies and 60 programs/activities in Cowichan and Nanaimo thanks to the Government of Canada's Reaching Home: Canada's Homelessness Strategy and funding for 2021-2022 year has already begun.

 All funding is approved by advisory boards from each community (Cowichan and Nanaimo).

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2021-2022 Funded Agencies

COWICHAN

Designated Stream:

  • HelpSeekers
    • Coordinated Access
  • Cowichan Lake Community Services/Centre
    • Wrap Around service
  • Ladysmith Resource Centre
    • Prevention

NANAIMO

Indigenous Stream:

Designated Stream:

  • Canadian Mental Health Association
    • Coordinated Access
  • Nanaimo Region John Howard Society
  • Idea Camp Communications
    • Coordinated Access
  • Society for Equity, Inclusion & Advocacy
    • Tenant Support

2020-2021 Funded Agencies

COWICHAN

Indigenous Stream:

Designated Stream:

  • Canadian Mental Health Association
    • Warmland Laundry hand washing station and laundry facility upgrade
  • Cowichan Lake Community Services/Centre
    • Wrap-around service
  • Helpseekers
  • Ladysmith Resource Centre Association

Indigenous Stream:

Designated Stream:

  • Cowichan Lake Community Services/Centre
    • Warming Centre
  • Duncan United Church
    • Prevention
  • Idea Camp Communications
    • Cowichan/Duncan Tze Tza Watul Community Advisory Board (CAB)
  • Ladysmith Resource Centre Association
    • Warming Centre food

Funded through both Streams:

NANAIMO

Indigenous Stream:

Designated Stream:

  • Canadian Mental Health Association
    • Coordinated Access System (CAS)
  • Helpseekers
    • Coordinated Access System
  • Nanaimo John Howard Society
  • Idea Camp Communications
    • Coordinated Access System (CAS)
  • Society for Equity, Inclusion and Advocacy (SEIA)
    • Tenant support
  • Turner Strategies, consultant
    • Coordinated Access System
  • Vancouver Island Mental Health Association
    • Coordinated Access System

Indigenous Stream:

  • Literacy Central Vancouver Island
    • Digital literacy for street youth program
  • Nanaimo Aboriginal Centre
  • Snuneymuxw First Nation
    • Wrapping Blankets program
    • Wrapping Blankets expansion and partnering
  • Tillicum Lelum
    • Wellness Outreach program
    • Wellness Outreach expanded with prevention support
    • Plexiglass installation

Designated Stream:

  • AIDS Vancouver Island (AVI)
  • Canadian Mental Health Association
    • Outreach Services Coordination
  • Island Crisis Care Society (ICCS)
    • Hospital bed and laundry service
  • Idea Camp Communications
    • Nanaimo Homeless Coalition communications general
  • Literacy Central Vancouver Island
    • Zoom tutoring
  • Nanaimo Brain Injury Society
    • Peer Lead community support
    • CAT emergency support
  • Nanaimo Region John Howard Society
    • Oasis House and Balmoral Hotel housing redevelopment consultant
    • Research comparing Nanaimo homelessness rates to other communities(Click here for a story)
  • Nanaimo Mens' Centre
    • PPE
  • Nanaimo Unitarian Church
    • Free Showers program
    • For tarps, tents due to new fire regulations
    • Shelter Upgrade basic needs
  • Pacifica Housing Advisory Assoc.
    • Health and hygiene
  • People for a Healthy Community on Gabriola
    • Food hampers, ferry cards, hygiene supplies
  • Salvation Army Nanaimo Ministries
  • Society for Equity, Inclusion and Advocacy (SEIA)
  • Vancouver Island Mental Health Association
    • Trauma training program
    • Plexiglass for van
  • World Tree Service
    • Hearth and Home program
  • 7-10 Club
    • Warming Centre

Funded through both Streams:

Terms to know:

The Reaching Home program distributes funding through several streams, each with its own requirements.

And, in 2020-2021, additional Reaching Home funding was provided in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Emergency Funding: 

Non-recurring funding divided into Indigenous and Designated streams meant to provide additional support to the homeless-serving sector.

Annual Allocations:

Recurring funding provided annually for a number of years. These funds can be used to provide multi-year support to a particular service or pay for one-off project expenses. Funds are divided into Indigenous and Designated streams.

Indigenous Stream:

Funds organizations that meet the unique needs of First Nations, Inuit and Metis people who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Intended for Indigenous organizations in urban centres.

Designated Stream:

Provides long-term, stable funding to organizations addressing homelessness in the Designated Community.

2020-Vancouver Island-Reaching Home Government of Canada