The City of Ottawa is inviting funding applications from established, local non-profit agencies that are currently open and providing essential services to clients and can have the biggest impact through the following:
- focus specifically on serving individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of homelessness; and/or
- provide services and supports to other at-risk residents and equity-seeking communities during the COVID-19 crisis.
This COVID-19-related funding is combined from two sources:
- Federal Reaching Home (RG) COVID019 funding - $4.8M
- Provincial Social Services Relief Fund (through the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative (CHPI) funding - $6.6M (out of total $13.2M commitment)
- Total of $11.4M in immediate funding available.
The Social Services Relief Fund funding process will allocate up to $3M.
The City will use the rest of the $11.4M for the following:
housing and homelessness outreach, basic needs, and day programs.
- emergency shelter needs;
- COVID-19 Isolation Centres and hotel rooms for self-isolation;
- physical distancing centres and hotels for individuals and families experiencing homelessness; and
ACCESS & ELIGIBILITY
Funding is available to help agencies meet extraordinary COVID-19-related expenses. For a detailed list of funding eligibility requirements and a list of "eligible" versus "ineligible" costs, see pages 5 through 7 of the COVID-19 Social Services Relief Fund Terms of Reference here.
There are two funding categories:
- For homelessness service providers and Residential Services Homes
- For agencies providing "essential services and supports" for "at-risk residents and equity-seeking communities"
For category 2 , "Essential Supports and Services" is defined as: food security, service coordination to meet extraordinary needs, and direct services for isolated seniors and other at-risk residents and equity seeking communities.
"At-risk resident and equity seeking communities" are defined as: Indigenous people (Métis, First Nations, and Inuit), and other equity-seeking communities such as people who are homeless or at risk of housing loss, low-income households, 2SGLBTQ+ households, seniors, women (including those fleeing violence), youth, people living with disabilities, immigrants/newcomers, and rural residents.
- April 27, 2020, 11:59 p.m. - deadline for submission of email applications
- May 6, 2020 - allocation decisions are made
- May 7, 2020 - applicants are advised of results
The City's goal is to disburse funding to its partners in early May.