Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy is a federal government funding initiative for homelessness projects. The objectives of the Reaching Home program are to reduce and mitigate the impacts of those experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness.
As the Community Entity (CE) for Saskatchewan, the Provincial Métis Housing Corporation has entered a five (5) year contractual agreement with the Government of Canada to administer the funding for both the Non-Designated Indigenous Funding Stream and the Non-Designated Rural and Remote Funding Stream. Funding is available until March 31, 2024.
Reaching Home’s Indigenous Homelessness stream provides funding to organizations that provide supports to meet the unique needs of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness. The intent is that the funding be provided to Indigenous organizations located in urban centres with exception to Regina and Saskatoon. Regina and Saskatoon are considered Designated Communities and have their own CE’s.
The Rural and Remote Homelessness funding stream provides project funding to all Non-Designated Communities. The intent is that the funding be provided to organizations both on and off reserve, located outside of urban centres.
It is important to note that Reaching Home will work with all agencies that can provide services and solutions to people experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of becoming homeless.
As the Community Entity, PMHC provides the administration and works with both an independent Indigenous Homelessness Advisory Board (IHAB) and an independent Rural and Remote Advisory Board (RRAB) in developing the assessment process and implementing the funding recommendations. The IHAB & RRAB Board of Directors includes representation from the Government of Canada, the Province of Saskatchewan, 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 directives for the Reaching Home Program. The PMHC Board of Directors ratifies all IHAB & RRAB 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 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 Government of Canada.