Homelessness Prevention

The Homelessness Prevention Program (HPP) 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 HPP 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

Funding can be accessed as a one-time project, to be completed within the same calendar year.  Access this funding through the Community Homelessness Support Program.

Funding may also be considered for ongoing homelessness programs.  To access this funding stream, more information can be found under Community Outreach and Support below.

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

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Community Homelessness Support Program

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 Community Homelessness Support Program.

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Community Outreach and Support

TBDSSAB welcomes proposals from community-based organizations who are seeking funding to deliver programs and initiatives aimed at reducing and eliminating homelessness.  Addressing the challenge of homelessness requires a community approach, with varied approaches, skills, supports, and delivery.

To apply for funding, please provide a business case outlining your initiative, including detail on the following:

  1. Does the proposal address the goals of reducing and eliminating homelessness?
  2. Is there a demonstrated need in the community for the proposal, supported by objective evidence?  Please include/attach 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 other funding through TBDSSAB?  If so, outline all previous/current funding initiatives.  Have all previous reporting requirements been met as required?

Direct outreach, service and materials will take precedence over staffing and administrative expenses.  Capital expenditures are not eligible under this funding.

Meeting the above criteria does not guarantee approval of your submission.  All funding decisions are subject to availability of funds and TBDSSAB approval.  Approval of ongoing funding is subject to annual budget approvals.

Please submit completed business case and supporting documentation to:

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

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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.

Housing FAQ