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Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative

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Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative

The Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative (CHPI) is a 100 per cent provincially-funded investment, that allows municipalities to use flexible program funding to develop homelessness programs tailored to their communities' needs. 

For example, funding that once had to be used for emergency shelter beds can now be allocated by the community to provide stable housing and support services. This makes it easier to provide permanent homes for people in need and is better for local communities and the people they serve. 

Municipalities can use the CHPI funding to address local priorities and better meet the needs of individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Administered by local service managers, CHPI provides flexibility to use the funding for any of the four broad service categories:

  • Emergency Shelter Solutions
  • Housing with Related Supports
  • Other Services and Supports
  • Homelessness Prevention

The CHPI has two key program outcomes:

  1. People experiencing homelessness obtain and retain housing
  2. People at risk of homelessness remain housed.

Not all service categories need to be funded, as CPHI provides flexibility to provide funding to where it is needed in the community.

Launched in 2013, CHPI consolidated funding from five homelessness-related programs, previously administered by the Ministry of Community and Social Services (MCSS) and the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH), into one program that is administered by MMAH and delivered by Service Managers.

As of March 31, 2014, CHPI funding has assisted more than 33,100 households experiencing homelessness in obtaining housing and has helped more than 83,800 households at-risk of homelessness remain in their homes.

Through the Poverty Reduction Strategy, the government has set a bold goal to end homelessness in Ontario by focusing on providing supports to people and families who are currently homeless or at risk of being homeless. This goal will be achieved in part by building on Ontario's Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy (LTAHS) and through initiatives like CHPI. Ontario has also established an Expert Advisory Panel on Homelessness. The panel will provide practical advice on how to best approach this goal, beginning with ways to define and measure homelessness. The province will develop a plan of action to end homelessness following the panel's recommendations and will report on progress annually.

Ontario is maintaining the current CHPI funding allocation for two years pending the outcomes of the Expert Advisory Panel on Homelessness and the update to the Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy in 2015-16.

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