Homelessness Prevention

The Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative (CHPI) combines funding from former separate housing and homelessness programs into a single flexible program. Funding can now be used by Service Managers to address local priorities and better meet the needs of individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless in their local communities.

The CHPI program provides the District of Thunder Bay Social Services Administration Board (TBDSSAB) with a funding envelope and flexibility to use available funding for programs within four identified provincial service categories:

  • Emergency Shelter Solutions (e.g. emergency shelter and/or safe bed)
  • Housing and Related Supports (e.g. permanent housing, rental allowance)
  • Services and Supports (e.g. street and housing outreach, food banks, housing search)
  • Homelessness Prevention

The TBDSSAB has utilized CHPI to provide funding to the following programs and services:

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CHPI Emergency Pandemic Fund

The District of Thunder Bay Social Services Administration Board (TBDSSAB) recognizes the increase in needs and supports required for the homeless and those a risk of becoming homeless as a result of the COVID-19 impact.

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.

Click here for more information about the 2021 CHPI Emergency Pandemic Fund.

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CHPI Community Homelessness Support Program

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 (TBDSSAB) housing and homelessness plan.

The Community Homelessness Support Program aims to provide financial support to organizations that are supporting the homeless or preventing homelessness.

Click here for more information about the CHPI Community Homelessness Support Program.

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Housing Assistance Program: Reaching Home – Rural & Remote

The Housing Assistance Program aims to assist people who are homeless or who are at risk of homelessness residing within the District of Thunder Bay but excluding the City of Thunder Bay.  The expected goal of this program is to address the cycle of homelessness.

Client Eligibility

Individuals experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

Funding Eligibility 

Funding can be used for the following:

Setting up apartment/accommodations:

  • First and last months’ rent
  • 3 month’s rent subsidy
  • Furniture
  • Groceries (up to $250.00)
  • Household supplies
  • Propane / oil / wood to heat home

Maintaining an existing residence:

  • Up to 3 months’ rental arrears
  • Propane / Oil arrears

To apply for funding, complete the Reaching Home Application Form.  If you have any questions about this program, please contact the TBDSSAB Community Caseworker in the satellite office near you.

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