Reaching Home

Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy is a community-based program aimed at reducing and preventing homelessness. Officially launched April 1, 2019, the Government of Canada's homelessness program supports the most vulnerable people by improving access to safe, stable and affordable housing. In May 2020, the City of Chilliwack was identified as a Designated Community under Canada’s Reaching Home Program, which brings with it over $3.2 million between 2020 and 2024 to be invested in local projects. Funds provided by Canada are distributed to organizations, including First Nations, that work directly with people who are at risk in order to provide opportunities to prevent and reduce homelessness.

The City of Chilliwack as the Community Entity (CE) carries the responsibilities of facilitating the agreement with Canada; developing and updating the Community Plan , which is used to identify funding priorities for Eligible Activities under the Directives  of the Program; these investment areas are shown in the chart below.

 

2021-22

2022-23

2023-24

2024-25

Housing Services

32%

32%

32%

32%

Prevention and Shelter Diversion

20%

20%

20%

20%

Support Services

20%

20%

20%

20%

Capital Investments

3%

3%

3%

3%

Coordination of Resources and Data Collection

10%

10%

10%

10%

Administration

15%

15%

15%

15%

TOTAL

100%

100%

100%

100%


Additionally, as the Community Entity, the City of Chilliwack is responsible for ensuring the Community Advisory Board, a local organizing committee for setting direction in addressing homelessness in Chilliwack, is active and fulfilling it’s role; managing and distributing funds to local organizations to prevent or reduce homelessness on an annual basis; development and implementation of Coordinated Access by 2023; and, ensuring that all of the necessary reporting requirements are complete as required by Canada.

The Reaching Home Program has five core community-level outcomes that guide the projects and activities, including:

  1. Homelessness is reduced overall;
  2. New inflows into homelessness are reduced;
  3. Returns to homelessness are reduced;
  4. Indigenous homelessness is reduced; and,
  5. Chronic homelessness is reduced by 50% by 2027-2028.

In order to facilitate the objectives of the Program, the City of Chilliwack has funded the following projects, starting May 2020.

2020-21 REACHING HOME PROJECTS 

FUNDING STREAM

ORGANIZATION NAME

FUNDING RECEIVED

PROJECT TITLE

Designated Community

Pacific Community Resources Society

$105,000

Chilliwack Housing Hub: Housing Support Facilitator

Designated Community, COVID-19 Funding

Chilliwack and District Seniors Resource Society

$13,611

Homelessness Prevention Support

Designated Community, COVID-19 Funding

Chilliwack Community Services

$152,019

Chilliwack Community Food Hub

Designated Community, COVID-19 Funding

Cyrus Centre Ministries

$8,400

Case Management Software

Designated Community

Pacific Community Resources Society

$43,210

Annis Residence

Designated Community

Salvation Army Chilliwack

$48,019

Establishing Home

Designated Community, COVID-19 Funding

Ann Davis Transition Society

$50,000

ADTS Dbase Project Empower & Housing Bridging Bursary

Designated Community, COVID-19 Funding

Cheam First Nation

$55,133

Cheam Shelter

Designated Community, COVID-19 Funding

Chilliwack and District Seniors Resource Society

$83,016

Seniors Essential Support Program

 

Designated Community, COVID-19 Funding

Cyrus Centre Ministries

 

$40,000

Beds & Transportation

 

Designated Community, COVID-19 Funding

Dan Milo Memorial Longhouse Society

 

$50,000

Urban Band Office Service Provision Analysis Plan

Designated Community, COVID-19 Funding

Salvation Army Chilliwack

 

$87,600

Supporting the Home

 

Designated Community, COVID-19 Funding

United Way of the Lower Mainland

 

$50,000

Winter Clothes and Footwear for Chilliwack's Chronically Homeless Population

Designated Community, COVID-19 Funding

Wilma's Transition Society

 

$44,000

Wilma's Transition Society Food Security Program

Designated Community, COVID-19 Funding

Ann Davis Transition Society

 

$25,000

COVID-19 Safe Renovations

 

Designated Community, COVID-19 Funding

Chilliwack and District Seniors Resource Society

$39,567

Additional Funding for Seniors Essentials Program

Designated Community, COVID-19 Funding

Stó:lō Nation Service Agency

 

$28,000

COVID-19 Support Fund

 

Designated Community, COVID-19 Funding

Pacific Community Resources Society

 

$35,000

Housing Hub Vehicle

 

Designated Community, COVID-19 Funding

Ruth and Naomi's Mission

 

$31,108

Mercy in Motion

 2021-22 REACHING HOME FUNDED PROJECTS  

FUNDING STREAM

ORGANIZATION NAME

FUNDING RECEIVED

PROJECT TITLE

Designated Community

Pacific Community Resources Society

$130,000

Chilliwack Housing Hub

Designated Community

PEARL Life Renewal Society

$98,754

Life Renewal Place, Start-Up Funds  

Designated Community

Salvation Army Chilliwack

$26,000

Supporting Those Finding Homes

 

Attachments
Description Date File Size 
Community Plan - Reaching Home - 2021 - 2024 2021-10-19 301KB