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Chatham-Kent Housing & Homelessness Plan

Our 2016 Progress Report outlines the steps we took towards ending homelessness and ensuring affordable housing availability.

The 2016 CK Annual Housing & Homelessness Report

Our most notable 2016 acheivements include:

  Housing Supply

  • Continued participation in Investment in Affordable Housing Extension (IAHE) programs, which enabled 10 families to receive assistance with their down-payment for a modest home, as well as provided 43 households rent payment assistance and 21 households assistance with repairs and/or accessibility improvements to their homes.
  • Issued Requests for Proposals (RFPS) to build new affordable rental and supportive units to build a new public housing building to replace an existing public housing building. Both RFPs were awarded and contracts were signed by 2016 year-end, with construction to start in 2017.
  • Commenced work on drafting an updated Comprehensive Zoning By-law, which will include provisions to encourage and support the development of more affordable housing in Chatham-Kent. This work will continue in 2017.
  • Worked with the Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) and community supportive housing service providers, to encourage their participation with affordable housing developers in responding to RFP calls for affordable housing.
  • Special Priority Policy (SPP) Pilot Project implemented. Tri-Party Agreements signed between Housing Services and Chatham-Kent Women’s Centre to provide income and housing services, including portable housing benefits to survivors of domestic violence.
  • Chatham-Kent Housing Services owns, operates and maintains a public housing portfolio of 679 rental units, plus one municipal 27 unit affordable housing project, and has 112 commercial rent supplement units with private landlords. We have another 42 rent supplement units under the provincial Strong Community Rent Supplement program.
  • $920,952 in capital repairs were completed to maintain the municipal housing portfolio.
  • $344,700 was invested through the Ontario Renovates program to help 21 families with the necessary repairs to allow people to continue living in modest homes.
  • Developed and implemented the Chatham-Kent Renovates Home Repair program, for low-income homeowners.

Housing Stability

  • Progress continued in implementing a diversion, acuity based protocol to help clients access alternative temporary housing to reduce the demand for emergency accommodation and to retain or regain stable housing.
  • Developed, actioned and awarded a Request for Proposal to establish a Housing First Intensive Case Management program for chronically and episodic homeless individuals, including 22 rent supplements.
  • Continued to support the Homeless Response Line administratively and through wrap-supports for transitional housing.
  • Implemented 61 Short-Term Housing Allowances to assist people experiencing temporary financial difficulties maintain shelter security, and including RGI waitlisted households expecting to be housed in the near future.
  • Issued $307,000 to 23 community agencies to aid in the development and delivery of supportive housing programming.
  • Continued development and implementation of an integrated Housing/Ontario Works Intensive Case Manager to work with victims of domestic violence.
  • Implemented the Survivors of Domestic Violence Portable Housing Benefit pilot program and assisted 9 households become safely and stably housed.
  • Increased HomeMakers Program enrollment by over 50%, to enable people requiring low-level assistance with activities of daily living remain in their home.
  • Continued funding of 1 full-time rapid rehousing community case manager in partnership with Salvation Army.
  • Progressively increased case-management support to include rapid rehousing support, 2 full time CK Shelter Solutions Case Managers and 2 Community Relation Workers serving Wallaceburg and Chatham.

Advocacy, Partnerships, and Service Coordination

  • Continued to promote and foster landlord positive and tenant relationships through CK Shelter Solutions staff, community presentations and the Community Relation Worker program.
  • Expanded the Community Relation Worker program to include low income tenants in Wallaceburg and Chatham.
  • Increased service integration between housing stability staff with other municipal divisions and created new service coordination plans with Fire and Library Services.
  • Continued partnering with the Chatham-Kent Public Libraries to promote the free Income Tax Clinics to low-income households.
  • CK FIRST (Fast Intervention Risk Specific Teams) Strategy Situation Table for Safe Communities: Employment and Social Services and Housing Services signed as a participating members to assist high risk families and individuals in crisis through rapid multi-agency support and intervention.
  • Implemented Program Evaluation capabilities to demonstrate program impact and support decision-making and progress.
  • Continued to investigate and explore a validated common assessment and triage tool and  to develop and streamline a coordinated system for intake for homelessness services.
  • Updated and continued participation in cross-sectorial service agreements with Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Violence Against Women service partners.
  • The Homelessness Individuals and Families System, data tracking and data assessment tool, was successfully implemented in Chatham-Kent, consisting of an open data homelessness serving system utilized by Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative funded service agencies.
  • Council Resolution to support municipal efforts to increase the amount of affordable housing available in the community and to eliminate chronic homelessness.
  • Completed 35 educational and information presentations to municipal staff, community agencies and stakeholders including banks, Chatham-Kent Prosperity Roundtable, Community Leadership Cabinet, Public Health Board and Municipal Council.

 

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:

 

Eight Components of a Successfull Housing First program

 

Keep checking this webpage, like us on Facebook, or follow #CKhomeless on Twitter to stay up to date with our progress towards ending homelessness in CK! 

Do you have questions or comments about homelessness in Chatham-Kent? Contact us at ckess@chatham-kent.ca



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Employment & Social Services
435 Grand Ave W. PO Box 1230
Chatham ON N7M 5L8
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519.351.8573
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519.351.5090
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Employment & Social Services
435 Grand Ave W. PO Box 1230
Chatham ON N7M 5L8
Phone:
519.351.8573
Fax:
519.351.5090
Contact Information
Employment & Social Services
435 Grand Ave W. PO Box 1230
Chatham ON N7M 5L8
Phone:
519.351.8573
Fax:
519.351.5090
Contact Information
Employment & Social Services
435 Grand Ave W. PO Box 1230
Chatham ON N7M 5L8
Phone:
519.351.8573
Fax:
519.351.5090


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Friday, September 15, 2017
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