Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative (CHPI)

Emergency Pandemic Fund

Updated: May 3, 2022

Through the SSRF (Social Services Relief Funding), TBDSSAB established the CHPI Emergency Pandemic Fund to assist organizations by offering financial support to organizations that are experiencing increased or new costs in supporting the homeless or preventing homelessness due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Information on this fund has been distributed widely across the district and submissions are reviewed as received. Eligible activities under this funding program include the provision of shelter, rent supports, food and clothing, access to cleaning supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE), transportation and other support services related to the impacts of COVID-19.

Below is information on how to apply for the CHPI Emergency Pandemic Fund, and an application form.


Application Information:

  1. Purpose
  2. Eligibility
  3. Eligible Expenses
  4. Evaluation
  5. Deadline for Submissions
  6. How to Apply
  7. Funded Initiatives

Purpose

The purpose of the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative (CHPI) is to support the province’s goal to end chronic homelessness by 2025, and to establish creative and innovative approaches to homelessness that align with The District of Thunder Bay Social Services Administration Board housing and homelessness plan.

The CHPI Emergency Pandemic Fund aims to provide financial support to organizations that are experiencing increased or new costs in supporting the homeless or preventing homelessness due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eligibility

To be eligible to receive funding under this program, applicants must meet the following basic criteria:

  1. Funding must be used for new, or for the enhancement of existing programs/services/benefits due to the COVID-19 pandemic and directly relate to reduce and/or prevent homelessness within the District of Thunder Bay. Specific outcomes and impacts related to homelessness must be identified.
  2. Be an incorporated non-profit organization or non-incorporated collective which operates on a non-profit basis, a municipality, or a registered charity.
  3. Have a clearly stated purpose and function, complete with measurables, and be fully responsible for the planning and provision of its services.
  4. Be operating from a location in the District of Thunder Bay and carry out programs in the community for the benefit of the people who reside in that community.
  5. Comply with all applicable statutes and legislation, including the Ontario Human Rights Code.
  6. Complete the CHPI Accountable Advances’ Review form and submit with application.

Eligible Expenses

  • Expenses directly related to the provision of services to the homeless or at-risk individuals may be eligible, including services, supplies, accommodations, transportation, food, salaries and other related costs.
  • Funding will be provided on a one-time basis, with no expectation of on-going funding.
  • If you have received this funding previously, you may not be approved for further requests.
  • Funding requests cannot exceed $50,000 per application.
  • Capital expenditures are not eligible for funding.
  • Administration costs of up to 5% of funding proposal.

Evaluation

The following criteria will guide the evaluation of applications:

  1. Does the proposal meet the basic eligibility requirements?
  2. Is there a demonstrated need in the community for the proposal, supported by objective evidence? Please attach site evidence to support the proposal.
  3. Is there an evaluation component to measure the impact and outcome of the proposal?
  4. Does the proposal involve partnerships and co-operative efforts?
  5. Has the organization met the terms and conditions of previous agreements with The District of Thunder Bay Social Services Administration Board (TBDSSAB or the Board)?
  6. Has the organization previously been approved for this funding? If so, will additional requests be funded again? Have all previous reporting requirements been met as required?

Direct service and materials will take precedence over staffing and administrative expenses.

Meeting the above criteria does not guarantee approval of your submission. All funding decisions are subject to availability of funds and TBDSSAB approval.

Any funding provided must be fully expended by March 31, 2023.

Reporting requirements will be established and communicated with a funding agreement.

Deadline for Submissions

As the funding available is based on an emergency situation, submissions will be reviewed as soon as received. Any funding provided must be fully expended by March 31, 2023.

How to Apply

Applicants must use the TBDSSAB CHPI Emergency Pandemic Fund Application Form available below.

Please submit completed applications and all supporting documentation to: 

Attention: Samantha Vance
The District of Thunder Bay Social Services Administration Board
231 May Street, South
Thunder Bay, ON  P7E 1B5
Email: samantha.vance@tbdssab.ca

Funded Initiatives

Information on initiatives funded via the CHPI Emergency Pandemic Fund have also been summarized in monthly reports to the TBDSSAB Board of Directors.