Information re: Northumberland County Community & Social Services and the Province's Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative

BACKGROUND: In July 2012 the Province announced changes to the way provincial homelessness programs are funded. Five former programs and benefits were consolidated into the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative (CHPI) effective January 1, 2013. In Northumberland County this means that the total provincial funding to support homelessness programs was reduced by $267,984 in 2013 as shown in the attached table.

In response to these provincial funding reductions the Community and Social Services Department undertook a review of all previously funded programs to determine the most effective and efficient way to support local residents.

APPROACH: The County took a proactive approach by meeting with the impacted community partners and providing information on how to best meet increasing service needs with reduced Provincial funding. During the period of review the decision was made to create a single point of access to streamline homelessness services and make it simpler and more efficient for those requiring financial supports and/or information. The proposed changes will help to minimize the impact of the provincial funding cuts by:

  • reducing the overall proportion of funding used for program administration through the consolidation of services; and,
  • examining any duplication of service that causes confusion for clients.

The only cuts have been in administration cost.

OBJECTIVES: Northumberland County continues its ongoing commitment to understanding the needs of the community. Over time, needs change and people who are homeless, or who are at risk of becoming homeless, face different challenges. As a funder of programs, the County recognizes that money to provide social services is limited and it is incumbent upon governments to continually review, improve and find ways to provide the right service to the right people at the right price. Furthermore, the County values and appreciates the work done by our community partners. These organizations have dedicated staff who strive to better the lives of our residents. Changes to funding and service delivery models can be stressful on organizations, and while the County has no control over provincially initiated changes, we share the concerns of our community partners, including Northumberland United Way, in serving our residents.

FUNDING INFORMATION: The following chart contains the information for the provincial funding for the programs that form the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative (CHPI):

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