Homelessness Partnering Strategy
Homelessness is a complex issue that impacts everyone in our community. However, we’ve made significant gains in our efforts to address this persistent challenge, such as administrating funding for the Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS). HPS is a federally-funded, community-based program aimed at preventing and reducing homelessness. The strategy provides direct support and funding to organizations assisting people who are homeless in communities across Canada, including York Region.
Some highlights from United Way’s involvement with HPS in 2014-2015
- Established a York Region Homelessness Community Advisory Board. Members of the Board lend their knowledge and skills to address issues impacting people who are homeless—such as housing and addiction and mental health challenges—and work together to find solutions.
- Held consultations with social service agencies, landlords, housing providers and mental-health professionals to identify opportunities for further collaboration on how to improve people’s access to housing.
- Continued to prepare for a Point-in-Time Count—a statistical tally that will provide a snapshot of who is homeless on any given night in York Region. This information will support the federal government’s Housing First strategy, a plan that involves helping individuals who are homeless find housing.