Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy is a federal government funding initiative for homelessness projects. The Non-designated Indigenous Funding Stream component of the program is administered by the Provincial Metis Housing Corporation (PMHC) as the Community Entity (CE). The Reaching Home Program: Saskatchewan Non-designated funding stream for homelessness programming is a five (5) year contractual agreement between the Government of Canada and PMHC with funding available until March 31, 2024.
The objectives of the Reaching Home program is to reduce and mitigate the impacts of homelessness or the risk of homelessness. The CE will provide financial and administrative support to institutions and organizations who can provide project focused solutions that will address and reduce Indigenous homelessness.
Reaching Home program is status-blind program with preference to Indigenous organizations that meet the criteria and have the financial and human resource capacity to deliver solution- based projects that mitigate and reduce chronic Indigenous homelessness. It is important to note that Reaching Home will work with all agencies that can provide services and solutions to Indigenous people experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of becoming homeless.
The Reaching Home program provides funding to organizations and institutions throughout the Province with the exception that Reaching Home does not provide funding for organizations in Regina and Saskatoon and On-reserve. Regina and Saskatoon are considered designated communities and have their own CE’s and each city has an Indigenous Homelessness Funding component that they administer within their respective cities.
As the Community Entity, PMHC provides the administration and works with an independent Indigenous Homelessness Advisory Board (IHAB) in developing the assessment process and implementing the IHAB funding recommendations. The IHAB Board of Directors includes representation from the Government of Canada, the Province of Saskatchewan and Métis and Indigenous Housing Corporations and Métis and Indigenous service providers.
Funding applications are assessed based on needs that meet the community priorities and if the project meets the goals and terms and conditions for the Reaching Home program. The PMHC Board of Directors ratifies all IHAB project recommendations and funding.
As the Community Entity, PMHC will follow the directives of the Reaching Home Program and the Contribution Agreement and ensure that projects that are funded will meet eligibility requirements and the goals and objectives of the Reaching Home program.
Reaching Home funding is a contribution and each successful project will be required to provide monthly, quarterly and annual financial and activity reports as determined by PMHC. Successful projects will may also be asked to provide monthly budget forecasts. PMHC manages all aspects of the project development, contracting, reporting and financial accountability on behalf of the federal government.