The Canadian definition of Homelessness describes the situation of an individual, family or community without stable, safe, permanent, appropriate housing, or the immediate prospect, means and ability of acquiring it.
There are different types of homelessness:
- Living outside (“living rough” on sidewalks, parks, forest, etc.)
- Living in places not intended for human habitation
(vehicles, garages, out buildings, hunting camps, tents etc.)
- Emergency overnight shelters for people who are homeless
- Shelters for individuals and families impacted by family violence and natural disaster
- Referring to those whose accommodation is temporary or lacks security of tenure
- Interim housing for people who are homeless
- Temporarily living with other people (couch surfing, staying with family, etc.)
- People in institutions with no guarantee of permanent housing upon release (hospital, correction facilities, treatment facilities, etc.)
- Reception Centres for recently arrived newcomers
At-Risk of Homelessness
- Refers to people who are not homeless, but whose current economic and/or housing situation is precarious or does not meet public health and safety standards
- It should be noted that for many people homelessness is a fluid experience, where one’s shelter circumstances and options may shift and change quite dramatically and with frequency
Community Integration Resources
Hastings County Community and Human Services staff completed a Community Investment Review that was approved by the Community and Human Services Committee and County Council in September 2022.
The Investment Review resulted in a new and simplified application process for funding. A standard application has been developed to allow applicants the opportunity to detail and define their funding ask and the support service that will be provided as well as detail how it meets the vision of the Homelessness Prevention Program (HPP) guidelines and the needs of the community it serves.
The Investment Review also identified service area priorities that Committee and Council approved as being key areas to which that funding should be directed. The applications will be reviewed, scored, and weighted based on how well they address the identified service priorities.
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Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative (CHPI) has been replaced by the Homelessness Prevention Program (HPP). HPP consolidates the CHPI, Home for Good (HFG), and the Strong Communities Rent Supplement Program (SCRSP) into one flexible program. The program consolidation responds to several findings and recommendations from the December 2021 Office of the Auditor General of Ontario (OAGO) Value-for-Money Audit of homelessness programs, the recent
Multi-Ministry Supportive Housing Initiative (MMSHI), housing engagement sessions with service managers in 2020-2021, and program reviews of CHPI, HFG, SCRSP.
The HPP vision is to provide funding to support service managers in implementing a variety of flexible, local approaches to delivery of services and supports with three key goals and outcomes:
- Preventing homelessness and ensuring people at risk of homelessness remain housed and have connections to support services.
- Addressing homelessness and ensuring people who are experiencing homelessness or experiencing homelessness chronically obtain and retain housing and support services.
- Reducing the number of people experiencing chronic homelessness.
The HPP service categories are:
- Supportive housing
- Community outreach and support services
- Housing assistance
- Emergency shelter solutions
Hastings County Community and Human Services staff are pleased to announce the availability of Homelessness Prevention Program (HPP) funding for 2023.
The Hastings County Community Response Team is comprised of specialized outreach case workers. The CRT works intensively with the homeless and vulnerable population, and those individuals on the By-Name list to navigate community resources, with a goal of long-term housing solutions.
The Community Response team can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vital Services: Vital services by-laws are to ensure landlords are providing adequate and suitable vital services such as light, heat, water, and sewer. Municipal enforcement measures include the power to remedy the situation and recover all costs through either collection of rent or the application of a lien on the property. Clients (and/or tenants) typically contact the Community Advocacy and Legal Centre (CALC) at 613-966-8686, who refer the case to Hastings County through the Policy and Planning Coordinator, Sheri Gardiner at 613-966-1311 ext. 2435.
Hastings County receives federal funding from Infrastructure Canada (INFC), formerly managed by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), to administer Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy in the City of Belleville.
Reaching Home aims to support individuals and families in the city of Belleville to maintain safe, stable, and affordable housing, and to reduce the number of people experiencing chronic homelessness. These federal funds are overseen by a Community Advisory Board (CAB). The CAB consists of community members with related experience, such as Justice, Legal, Social Services, Faith, Health Care, etc.
Hastings County operated warming centres during the cold weather season in The City of Belleville, The City of Quinte West and The Town of Bancroft in 2022-2023. Hastings County understands that Warming Centres are not long-term solutions to the issue of homelessness, however they do provide temporary safe, warm spaces while more permanent housing solutions are being established.
Hastings County, with Municipal, Provincial and Federal funding support many programs in the Community.
Municipal Community Grants (formerly SAR funding) are issued annually to programs for children and families, Provincial HPP funding is issued per an application process for greatest determined need through the Community Investment Review process, and Federal funding allocaitons through INFC/Reaching Home is allocations by the CAB and Hastings County.
Rent Connect is a geographic information system-based online service designed to link landlords and prospective renters to housing rental unit opportunities. If you are a landlord wishing to list a property, you can do so at no cost through this interactive tool. Likewise, if looking for rental opportunities, you can use the Rent Connect tool to perform a customized search of listings across Hastings County and the surrounding areas. Check out the tool!