Canada takes steps to reduce homelessness
Ottawa: Canada on Monday (26 September) launched two calls for proposals to allow a wide range of organizations and stakeholders to develop and test innovative approaches to prevent and reduce homelessness
Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, announced two calls for proposals under the Innovative Solutions to Homelessness funding stream of the Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS). The two calls for proposals are seeking projects with innovative approaches and ideas that aim to prevent and reduce homelessness, particularly among Indigenous Canadians, youth, women fleeing violence and veterans. Both calls opened September 26, 2016.
The call for proposals for Microgrants is open until October 21, 2016. Stakeholders and organizations are invited to apply for small-scale project funding of up to $25,000. Projects will focus on exploring effective and innovative practices, tools or initiatives that prevent or reduce homelessness in Canada.
The call for proposals for Contribution Projects is open until November 14, 2016. Stakeholders and organizations are invited to apply for funding of between $25,000 and $500,000 for large-scale pilot projects that aim to test innovative and promising interventions and practices to prevent or reduce homelessness in Canada.
On June 2, the Government of Canada confirmed its committment to helping prevent and reduce homelessness across Canada. By investing an additional $111.8 million in the HPS over two years, the Government is taking measures to provide direct support and funding to Canadian communities. More than $12.5 million of that new funding is being invested in the Innovative Solutions to Homelessness stream, including in the two calls for proposals launched Monday.