Chatham-Kent Housing & Homelessness Plan
Our Progress Report outlines the steps we took to ensure everyone has a safe and stable place they can call home!
Extra! Extra! Read all about it! The CK Housing & Homelessness Progress Report will be presented to Council on June 27, 2016. This report outlines the progress CK has made in striving to end homelessness in 2015.
Our most notable acheivements include:
- The Housing and Homelessness Steering Committee was established, comprised of 24 community partners and agencies continued to prioritize and carry out the key recommendations outlined in the CK Homelessness Plan.
- The Chatham-Kent Shelter Solutions Program, which provides prevention services and supports to individuals and families at imminent risk of homelessness, assisted 1618 households maintain or retain accommodations with an investment of $794,490.
- Increased programming within Chatham-Kent Shelter Solutions to include two Case Managers and two Community Relations Workers, to expand and improve low and mid-acuity shelter security programming.
- $577,300 was invested through the Ontario Renovates program to help 34 families and create three units with accessibility improvements.
- Completed preliminary groundwork and research to implement a local Chatham-Kent Renovates Home Repair Program for low-income homeowners, launching in 2016.
- 40 low-income households were assisted with rent paymentstowards an affordable and sustainable home.
- 30 Short-Term Housing Allowances were issued, that enabled families to maintain and stabilize affordable housing during a temporary crisis period.
- Continued to support The Homeless Response Line administratively and with wrap-supports for transitional housing.
- Developed framework for the launch of a Community Relations Worker position in Chatham Central to be implemented in 2016.
- 28 community agencies received funding totaling $861,377 through the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative to promote the development an maintenance of housing security programs and services.
Our Housing & Homelessness Plan Framework
What is the "Housing First" philosophy?
The Homeless Hub states that ‘Housing First’ is a recovery-oriented approach to ending homelessness that centers on quickly moving people experiencing homelessness into independent and permanent housing and then providing additional supports and services as needed. The basic underlying principle of Housing First is that people are better able to move forward with their lives if they are first housed. This is as true for people experiencing homelessness and those with mental health and addictions issues as it is for anyone. Housing is provided first and then supports are provided including physical and mental health, education, employment, substance abuse and community connections.
There are five core principles of Housing First:
- Immediate access to permanent housing with no housing readiness requirements - finding and obtaining safe, secure and permanent housing as quickly as possible.
- Consumer choice and self-determination - emphasizes client choice in terms of housing and supports.
- Recovery orientation.
- Individualized and client-driven supports that may address housing stability, health and mental health needs, and life skills.
- Social and community integration.
In our CK Housing & Homelessness Plan, we are working to create programs and services across eight key shelter security areas:
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