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Region Invites Proposals for ‘Reaching Home’ Funding

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The community-based Reaching Home program is looking for innovative projects that aim to prevent and reduce homelessness.

Proposals are being accepted until August 31 from operating and capital projects which focus on activities that ensure people experiencing homelessness or who are at imminent risk of becoming homeless can stabilize their circumstances and work towards finding and maintaining affordable housing.

Priority will be given to applicants that work from an Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression framework and who can demonstrate innovative approaches to ending homelessness, strong partnerships, and meaningful engagement of people with lived experience of homelessness.

Applications from agencies supporting the under-serviced areas of Port Credit, Malton, Cooksville and Caledon will also be given priority.

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Aileen Baird, Director of Housing Services, said: “We’re taking action to help people get and keep affordable housing, but we can’t solve this problem alone. We need the support of all levels of government, and we must also work with community partners. That’s where the Reaching Home program comes in. This funding goes to community agencies who work closely with people experiencing homelessness. It has funded some excellent projects in previous years. We look forward to reviewing the proposals for 2022-2023.”

Proposals are reviewed by the Reaching Home Community Advisory Board – a local organizing committee of volunteers representing the diversity of our community. They are supported by Region of Peel and Employment and Social Development Canada staff.

Funded by the Government of Canada, Reaching Home allocated the Region of Peel more than $40 million for April 1, 2019, to March 31, 2024. This year there is no maximum on the amount projects can request in their proposals.

Projects funded in Peel so far include initiatives to provide housing allowances and support services, access to mental health and addiction supports, assistance in meeting basic needs such as hygiene products, meals and clothing, and also specific supports for Black, Francophone and Punjabi communities.

Full details on Reaching Home can be found on the Region of Peel website at https://www.peelregion.ca/housing/reaching-home-program.asp

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