Funding: Regional Homelessness Projects

Funding delivered regionally focuses on the needs of homeless and at-risk individuals at the local level, and aims to help individuals gain and maintain a stable living arrangement. The three regional funding streams are:

Designated Communities

A total of 61 communities across Canada that have a significant problem with homelessness have been selected to receive ongoing support to address this issue. These communities—mostly urban centres—are given funding that must be matched with contributions from other sources. Funded projects must support priorities identified through a community planning process.

Who can apply?

Qualified organizations in the 61 designated communities.

Eligible Projects

Designated communities must have an approved, up-to-date and comprehensive community plan, developed by a community advisory board (CAB). A project needs to contribute to the community plan objectives in order to be eligible for funding.

The community plan must:

  • identify gaps for addressing homelessness issues in a particular region;
  • identify long-term solutions to address homelessness and how the community intends to continue these activities; and
  • demonstrate that other partners will provide at least $1 for every dollar of Homelessness Partnering Strategy funding.

Eligible activities must contribute to the community plan objectives and reflect local realities. Communities focus on projects that help people who are homeless or risk becoming homeless to stabilize their circumstances and move beyond emergency needs. Federal funding specifically targets transitional and supportive housing and related services to help homeless people to access longer-term housing and supports.

Selection of Projects

CABs review project proposals from organizations to ensure that they meet the terms and conditions of the Homelessness Partnering Strategy and that they respond to community plan priorities. It also makes recommendations for funding.

How to apply

Contact the HPS representative in your region to find out how to apply.

Next regional funding stream

Rural and Remote Homelessness

The Rural and Remote Homelessness funding stream targets smaller, non-designated communities located in rural and outlying areas. This funding is not available to the 61 designated communities.

Funding under this stream is prioritized using a two-tiered approach, with priority given to projects in communities with populations of 25,000 and under (Tier 1). Depending on the availability of funds, activities in larger, non-designated communities with populations above 25,000 (Tier 2) may also be funded.

Who can apply?

Organizations in rural and remote communities (organizations outside rural and remote communities can apply; however, the project activities must be located in rural and remote locations).

Eligible Projects

Applicants must demonstrate that the proposed project meets a need in the community and has broad community support. Cost-matching by community partners is not required, although partnerships are encouraged. In addition, projects selected for funding must not create a dependence on, or expectation for, ongoing funding.

Projects must also meet the terms and conditions of the Homelessness Partnering Strategy.

How to apply

Contact the HPS representative in your region to find out how to apply.

Next regional funding stream

Aboriginal Homelessness

The Aboriginal Homelessness funding streamaddresses the specific needs of the off-reserve homeless Aboriginal population by supporting an integrated service delivery system that is culturally appropriate and community-driven.

The Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) partners with Aboriginal groups to ensure that services meet the unique needs of off-reserve homeless Aboriginal people in cities and rural areas. The unique needs of all First Nations, Inuit, Métis, and non-status Indians are also considered.

Please note that off-reserve Aboriginal people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness are also served under the Designated Communities and Rural and Remote Homelessness funding streams.

Who can apply?

Any qualified organizations may apply. However, where feasible, under all of HPS funding streams, preference is given to Aboriginal service delivery organizations in cases where a project’s objectives and program activities specifically target Aboriginal individuals off-reserve. This contributes to the development of an integrated, culturally appropriate and community-driven service delivery system to address Aboriginal homelessness needs.

Eligible Projects

Projects must meet a demonstrated need and applicants must show that investments will be targeted to address Aboriginal homelessness issues. There is no requirement for a matching contribution, but community contributions are encouraged.

Projects must also meet the terms and conditions of the Homelessness Partnering Strategy.

How to apply

Contact the HPS representative in your region to find out how to apply.