Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS)
Addressing homelessness is a challenge in all regions of Canada. The Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) is a community-based program aimed at preventing and reducing homelessness by providing direct support and funding to 61 designated communities across Canada.
Through its community-based approach, the HPS provides communities with the flexibility and tools to identify and address their own distinct homelessness needs and priorities. HPS funding is invested in local priorities identified by communities through a comprehensive community planning process involving a range of local stakeholders.
In the 2013 budget, the Government of Canada announced the continuation of the Homelessness Partnering Strategy for five years from April1, 2014 to March 31, 2019. Brantford/Brant community has received an allocation of $664,700.00 over the five year period.
The Government of Canada, based on a recommendation from the Community Advisory Board (CAB), entrusts a community body (e.g. municipal governments, regional districts, not for profit organizations and Aboriginal organizations) with the responsibility to select and manage HPS projects in their area.
A Community Entity is normally an incorporated organization that is responsible for the implementation of a Community Plan (CP) or community priorities, in whole or in part. In our community, the City of Brantford – Housing Services Department is the Community Entity.
Prior to releasing an RFP for the expenditure of the HPS funding, a Community Plan had to be submitted and approved by Service Canada. The Community Plan was approved by Service Canada on June 27, 2014.
To assist in the completion of the Community Plan CAB reviewed and analyzed the following:
• The mandate of the Homelessness Partnering Strategy
• The Brantford-Brant Housing Stability Plan
• A Community Needs Assessment on Homelessness Issues
• Survey of People with Lived Experience
• Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative (CHPI) program
A total of four (4) HPS priorities have been identified in our Community Plan:
• To improve the self-sufficiency of homeless individuals and families and those at imminent risk of homelessness through individualized services
• To reduce homelessness through a Housing First (HF) approach
• To ensure coordination of resources and leveraging
• To improve data collection and use
Click here to view our Community Plan.
Stay tuned for details of our RFP which will be coming out in September 2014.
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