Homelessness Partnering Strategy:
2011-2014
Rural and Remote Homelessness
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Table of Contents
1. HPS Overview/Policy and Program Enhancements
2. Funding Streams
3. Delivery of Rural and Remote Homelessness funding
stream
4. NL Regional Advisory Board
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1. HPS Overview/Policy and Program Enhancements
HPS Overview
 The HPS has been renewed for an additional 3 years (2011-2014) and includes
policy and program enhancements that are based on feedback provided during the
2009 consultations with stakeholders, Aboriginal organizations, and
Provinces/Territories.
 The Homelessness Partnering Strategy aims to prevent and reduce homelessness
across Canada. It does so by developing partnerships that contribute to a
sustainable and comprehensive continuum of supports to help those who are
homeless or at risk of homelessness move towards self-sufficiency. It mobilizes
partners at the federal-provincial/territorial and community levels to address
barriers to well-being faced by homeless individuals and those at risk.
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1. HPS Overview/Policy and Program Enhancements
Policy/Program Enhancements (2011-2014)
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greater support for rural and remote communities;
ensuring culturally relevant programming and services for Aboriginal people who
are homeless or at risk of homelessness;
Strengthened provincial/territorial engagement
Increased emphasis on labour market integration and mental health linkages
increasing the relevance and dissemination of research;
reinforcing accountability for results;
improving data sharing and collection
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2. Funding Streams
Designated Communities
This stream funds projects in 61 designated communities, primarily major urban centres,
identified as having a significant problem with homelessness. HPS funds are targeted to
local priorities identified by the community in a community plan, and must be cost-matched
(directly or in-kind) by other funding partners contributing to the prevention or reduction of
homelessness in the community.
Activities in designated communities are not eligible for funding under the Rural and
Remote Homelessness funding stream.
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2. Funding Streams
Rural and Remote Homelessness
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This stream funds projects in rural and remote areas of the country outside
designated communities. This stream has adopted a two-tiered approach
that is based on population. Priority will be given to projects with activities
located in communities with a population of 25,000 or less. Project
proposals with activities in communities with a population over 25,000 will
be considered depending on availability of funds. Projects that address
prevention and reduction of homelessness are eligible for funding.
This funding stream does not require a community plan or cost-matching
however, partnerships are strongly encouraged. Applicants must
demonstrate: how their projects meet the overall objectives of the HPS; a
need for a particular client group or service to address homeless population
issues; community support; and, where possible, the inclusion of other
partners in the project.
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3. Delivery of Rural and Remote funding stream
Proposed Delivery of R&R
 Call for Proposals (CFP) ran from July 23, 2012 to Sept 28, 2012 to solicit applications
specific to the Terms and Conditions of the Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) to
meet the needs of homeless and at-risk people living in rural and remote areas in the
province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
 The total amount of funding available is approximately $1.1 million under the HPS Rural
and Remote Homelessness funding stream, to fund projects up to March 31, 2014.
 Under this funding stream, priority will be given to projects with activities located in
communities with a population of 25,000 or less. Project proposals with activities in
communities with a population over 25,000 will be considered depending on availability
of funds. The total number of projects funded, and the amount of funding per project will
be determined based on the number and quality of proposals received.
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3. Delivery of Rural and Remote funding stream
Eligible Applicants
 Not-for-profit organizations; individuals; municipal governments; for-profit
enterprises; research organizations and institutes; public health and
educational institutions; Band/tribal councils; and other Aboriginal
organizations are eligible to receive funding and act as coordinators for
activities.
 For-profit enterprises are eligible for funding provided that the nature and
intent of the activity is non-commercial, does not generate profit, and fits within
the community plan or identified local need where plans are not required.
Individuals, for-profit enterprises and research organizations and institutes
may also receive funding to carry out research that aims to help communities
understand and address homelessness issues.
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3. Delivery of Rural and Remote funding stream
Eligible Geographic Area
 In order to be eligible for funding through the Rural and Remote funding stream, the
project activities must take place in rural and remote areas in the province of
Newfoundland and Labrador. Preference will be given to projects with activities located
in communities with a population of 25,000 or less. Project proposals with activities in
communities with a population over 25,000 will be considered depending on availability
of funds.
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3. Delivery of Rural and Remote funding stream
Eligible Projects
 Projects must focus on activities that help ensure people who are homeless
and/or at risk of becoming homeless are able to stabilize their living
arrangements and circumstances and move beyond emergency needs.
 The investment of funds for Rural and Remote Homelessness must achieve
accountability targets. The Regional Advisory Board will ensure a blended
investment portfolio for both capacity/research and infrastructure/capital
investment. (Bricks and mortar)
 Federal funds are targeted, but not limited to services that support
employment readiness, transitional and supportive housing and related
services to help homeless individuals gain and maintain stable living
arrangements.
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3. Delivery of Rural and Remote funding stream
Eligible Activities
 Capital Investments (e.g., pre-development, purchase, construction, renovation and purchase of
appliances and furniture)
– emergency shelter facilities
– transitional housing facilities
– supportive housing facilities
– non-residential facilities
 Client Services (Activities may include):
– assistance to address basic needs such as shelter and food services;
– assistance with housing placement and housing retention e.g., services to transition people out
of homelessness, or help those at imminent risk of homelessness to remain housed.
 Community Coordination, Partnership Development and Data Management (Activities may include):
– coordination of community consultation; Community Planning; needs assessment; and support
to CABs and RABs;
– local research and information collection and sharing (specific to the particular community);
partnership and network development; and coordination/improvement of service provision;
– emergency shelter usage data collection activities; data development; data coordination
activities; and reporting on, for example, progress against community performance indicators.
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3. Delivery of Rural and Remote funding stream
Eligible Costs
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Staff wages
Professional fees
Travel
Capital Assets – over $1000 (example: furniture, appliances, and fixtures
for the facilities used to carry out project activities)
 Facilities
 Administrative Costs
 Organizational Infrastructure Costs
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3. Delivery of Rural and Remote funding stream
Eligible Costs cont’
Other Activity Related Project Costs, including:
 Rented space to hold meetings, consultations, or to provide emergency shelter,
including applicant owned premises
 Furniture costing $1,000 or less, before taxes
• Materials and supplies for the facility: food, laundry and cleaning supplies;
• Printing costs, meter charge for photocopies, translation
 Participant related costs while participating in training activity
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3. Delivery of Rural and Remote funding stream
Ineligible Activities
 activities and supports taking place on-reserve;
 software development and/or the purchase of hardware for the collection and
management of homelessness data that constitutes a redundant use of funds
and duplicates activities already offered through the Homeless Individuals and
Families Information System (HIFIS) software; and
 software development and/or the purchase of hardware for the collection
and/or management of homelessness data that results in an inability to
participate in the National Homelessness Information System initiative.
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 purchasing alternative software that performs similar functions to the HIFIS
software
 purchasing alternative software that is unable to export shelter data to the
National Homelessness Information System initiative.
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3. Delivery of Rural and Remote funding stream
Ineligible costs
 costs associated with activities or supports that take place on-reserve;
 costs associated with the direct purchase, rental, leasing or the operations of social or
affordable housing that is not supportive or transitional in nature;
 employability activities normally provided by other HRSDC programs (i.e., Youth
Employment Initiatives, and Employment Benefits and Support Measures);
 direct cash payments to people who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness;
 software development and/or the purchase of hardware for the collection and
management of homelessness data that constitutes a redundant use of funds and
duplicates activities already offered through the Homeless Individuals and Families
Information System (HIFIS) software; and
 software development and/or the purchase of hardware for the collection and/or
management of homelessness data that results in an inability to participate in the
National Homelessness Information System. For example, costs for:
– purchasing alternative software that performs similar functions to the HIFIS
software
– purchasing alternative software that is unable to export shelter data to the National
Homelessness Information System initiative.
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3. Delivery of Rural and Remote funding stream
Assessment of Proposals
To be considered for funding under the HPS, proposals must meet all of the following
basic eligibility requirements:
 The proposal must support the objectives of the HPS;
 All proposed activities must be eligible for funding under the HPS;
 Funding activities must be completed on or before March 31, 2014;
 The proposal must have community support and address the needs of the homeless
population in a rural or remote community.
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3. Delivery of Rural and Remote funding stream
 Services shall be made available in both official languages where there is
significant demand. The proposal must also contain details on how the
applicant intends to engage official language minority communities, where
applicable, to ensure that the specific service delivery needs of that
community are met.
 Projects must be completed on or before March 31, 2014. For client service
projects, a sustainability plan or exit strategy will be required. For capital
projects, a sustainability plan demonstrating how the benefits of the project will
be sustainable after HPS funding ends is required. An exit strategy is not
acceptable for Capital Projects.
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3. Delivery of Rural and Remote funding stream
Proposal Analysis - Evaluation Criteria
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Capacity of the applicant
Meets community needs/priorities
Partnerships and community support
Measurable and achievable outcomes
Value for money
Appropriate location
Capital projects (CMHC checklist)
Process to measure success
Cultural appropriateness
Sustainability of the benefits of the project
Supports a blended mix of capacity and infrastructure projects
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3. Delivery of Rural and Remote funding stream
NL - Current CFP Applications Being Assessed
8 Applications received
Based on applications received there may be further Call For Proposals.
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3. Delivery of Rural and Remote funding stream
Examples of Past Projects
 Renovating a 15 room shelter for women living in abusive relationships, for women who are
homeless or at risk of homelessness and for women with complex needs.
 Purchasing a van for an emergency shelter to enable the staff the opportunity to offer supports
and outreach services.
 Purchase a building and complete necessary renovations in order to operate supportive housing
and outreach programs.
 Coordinate and deliver workshops to staff of women’s emergency shelters.
 Purchase a building and complete renovations in order to provide supportive services and
programs to street involved youth who are homeless, hidden homeless or at risk of becoming
homeless.
 Purchase equipment to provide hot meals every Sunday and special dinners, on Easter,
Thanksgiving and Christmas.
 Purchase a parcel of land in order to construct 10 affordable, transitional, supportive 1-bedroom
housing units for clients with complex mental health needs who are homeless or at risk of
homelessness.
 To provide a facilitator who will offer skills training, self-esteem building, time management skills,
housekeeping essentials, and socialization opportunities to clients living with mental illness who are
homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
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4. NL Regional Advisory Board
List of current members (Updated Oct 2012)
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Marilyn Avery – Seniors Resource Centre
Paula Bruce – Citizen Services and Program Delivery Branch, Service Canada
Annette Breen – Supportive Living Initiative, Newfoundland and Labrador Housing
Bob Dillon – Citizen Services and Program Delivery Branch, Service Canada
Joanne Duhart – Citizen Services and Program Delivery Branch, Service Canada
Ros Langer – Co-operative Housing Association Newfoundland and Labrador
Shaun MacLean – Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs
Edwina McCarthy – Career, Employment & Youth Services, Government of NL
Gary O’Brien – Labour Market Social Development Programs, Service Canada
Heather Pollett – Canadian Mental Health Association, NL Division
Elizabeth Siegel – Transition House Association of Newfoundland and Labrador
Lisa Slaney – Community Representative, Burin Peninsula
Laura Wellman – Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation
Kim Yetman-Dawson – Newfoundland and Labrador Housing and Homelessness
Network
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Service Canada Information
Contact Information
Paula Bruce
A/Senior Development Officer
223 Churchill Avenue, P. O. Box 8548 , St. John's, NL, A1B 3P3
Tel: 709-772-3433, Fax: 709-772-0354
E-mail: [email protected]
Joanne Duhart
A/Senior Development Officer
1 Regent Square, P. O. Box 2004, Corner Brook, NL, A2H 6J6
Tel: 709-637-4277, Fax: 709-637-4409
E-mail: [email protected]
Robert Dillon
Service Delivery Manager
Park Place, 50 Manitoba Drive, Clarenville, NL, A5A 1K5
Tel: 709-466-8227, Fax: 709-466-8211/8210
E-mail: [email protected]
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Website
Service Canada - Homelessness
http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/homelessness/index.shtml
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