Eligible and Ineligible Activities

Information about the Housing First Eligible and Ineligible Activities

To support the Community Entities (CEs) and Community Advisory Boards (CABs) in community planning and selecting and managing sub-projects, the following provides a comprehensive list of eligible activities that are in line with the program Terms and Conditions. This list applies to the Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) Designated Community (DC), Aboriginal Homelessness (AH), and Rural and Remote Homelessness (RRH) funding streams and is followed by a list of ineligible activities.

Please note that eligible activities under the Innovative Solutions to Homelessness (ISH), National Homelessness Information System (NHIS), and Surplus Federal Real Property for the Homelessness Initiative (SFRPHI) are in a separate directive.

An asterisk (*) indicates that further HPS directives will be made available to provide more in-depth guidance.

There may be cases where activities eligible under the HPS may also be funded by the provincial or territorial government or the municipality. If these activities are already being provided by another source of funding, CABs and CEs should direct HPS funds to fill in the gaps and not duplicate existing funding.

HPS-eligible activities for Housing First-dedicated funding

The Housing First (HF) activity area includes the following activities that can be funded by HPS and that can count towards the Housing First funding targets:

  1. Housing First readiness

    Activities include:

    • Determining the Housing First model (e.g. consultation, coordination, planning and assessment)
    • Identifying, integrating and improving services (including training on Housing First activities and functions)
    • Partnership development in support of a Housing First approach
    • Working with the housing sector to identify opportunities for and barriers to permanent housing (e.g. establishing landlord relationships, mapping of current available assets)
  2. Client intake and assessment

    Activities include:

    • Coordinated intake management (where feasible)
    • Client identification, intake and assessment, focussing on the chronically and episodically homeless populations
  3. Connecting clients to Permanent Housing

    Communities are required to ensure that HPS funding is used to fill gaps and not used to fund activities that could be covered through other provincial/territorial and municipal programs and services. They have to establish housing teams that implement the following activities:

    • Facilitate access to housing, which could include providing emergency housing funding (e.g. rent subsidies, housing allowances) to bridge clients to provincial/territorial/municipal systems
    • Set up apartments (insurance, damage deposit, first and last months' rent, basic groceries and supplies upon move in, etc.)
    • Furnish apartments for HF clients (furniture, dishes, etc.)
    • Repair damages caused by HF clients
    • Provide landlord-tenant services
    • Re-housing (if required)
  4. Accessing services through case management

    Communities are required to ensure that HPS funding is used to fill gaps and not used to fund activities that could be covered through other provincial/territorial and municipal programs and services.

    Activities include:

    • Coordination of a case management team
    • Peer support
    • Working with clients to set goals
    • Identifying a strategy for reaching the goals
    • Connecting clients to services needed to reach the client's goal
    • Monitoring progress
    • Support services to improve the self-sufficiency of chronically and episodically homeless individuals and families in the Housing First program through individualized services, including:
      • Connecting clients to income supports
      • Pre-employment support and bridging to the labour market
      • Life skills development (e.g. budgeting, cooking)
      • Supports to improve clients' social integration
      • Culturally relevant responses to help Aboriginal clients
      • Connecting clients to education and supporting success
  5. Data, tracking and monitoring*

    Activities include:

    • Identifying the size and make-up of the chronically and episodically homeless population by accessing shelter data
    • Tracking HF clients

HPS-eligible activities for non-Housing First-dedicated funding

The following activities are eligible under the HPS; however, they do not count towards investments to meet the Housing First investment targets:

Support services

To improve the self-sufficiency of homeless individuals and families and those at imminent risk of homelessness through individualized services. Communities are required to do their due diligence to ensure that HPS funding is used to fill gaps and not used to fund activities that could be covered through other provincial/territorial and municipal programs and services.

Activities include:

  • Housing placement (outside of Housing First)
  • Connecting clients to income supports
  • Pre-employment support, and bridging to the labour market
  • Life skills development (e.g. budgeting, cooking)
  • Supports to improve clients' social integration
  • Culturally relevant responses to help Aboriginal clients
  • Connecting clients to education and supporting success
  • Liaise and refer to appropriate resources
  • Housing loss prevention (only for individuals and families at imminent risk of homelessness)
  • Basic or urgent needs services

Capital investments*

To preserve or increase the capacity of facilities used to address the needs of people who are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness (capital investments cannot be part of Housing First-dedicated funding except for the purchase of furniture for Housing First clients).

Activities include:

  • Construction, renovation and purchase of transitional housing facilities, permanent supportive housing facilities and non-residential facilities (e.g. drop-in centres and multi-service centres)
  • Purchase of furniture, equipment and/or vehicles
  • Renovation of emergency shelters
  • Construction and purchase of new emergency shelter facilities (only under the HPS Rural and Remote Homelessness funding stream and non-designated communities receiving funding under the Aboriginal Homelessness funding stream)

Renovation includes:

  • Renovating an existing facility for upgrades and/or to meet building codes
  • Repurposing an existing property to create transitional housing and/or permanent supportive housing
  • Expanding an existing facility
  • Renovating a property following a transfer under the Surplus Federal Real Property for the Homelessness Initiative (SFRPHI) to create transitional housing and/or permanent supportive housing

New construction includes:

  • Purchase of a property for future new construction
  • Building a facility in an empty lot (e.g. foundations)
  • Tearing down an existing facility and building a new one
  • Building service space where the Investments in Affordable Housing Initiative (IAH) is building or renovating to create permanent housing (e.g. resource centre where clients can access supports)

Activities to ensure coordination of resources and leveraging

These activities are eligible for both Housing First and non-Housing First-dedicated funding except consultation, coordination, planning and assessment (e.g. community planning).

Activities include:

  • Determining a model in support of a broader systematic approach to addressing homelessness
  • Identifying, integrating and improving services (including staff training on activities and functions in support of a broader systematic approach to addressing homelessness)
  • Partnership development in support of a broader systematic approach to addressing homelessness
  • Working with the housing sector to identify opportunities for, and barriers to, permanent housing (e.g. establishing landlord relationships, mapping of current available assets) in support of a broader systematic approach to addressing homelessness

These activities apply only to non-Housing First-dedicated funding:

  • Consultation, coordination, planning and assessment (e.g. community planning)

Activities to improve data collection and use*

Activities include:

  • Identifying the size and make-up of the entire homeless population
  • Tracking non-Housing First clients
  • Point-in-time counts
  • Community indicators (beyond the requirements for HPS)
  • Information collection and sharing (including implementing and using HIFIS)

Administrative activities of the Community Entity

  • The maximum amount of Community Entity administrative costs covered under HPS is 15 percent of the HPS annual allocation.

Ineligible activities

Housing First-dedicated funding

  • Building or purchasing new facilities
  • Repurposing existing facilities
  • Core functions of an Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) team (e.g. provision of direct medical/clinical services to clients)

Under all activities and HPS funding streams

  • Building, renovating or repurposing facilities for affordable housing
  • New construction or purchase of facilities for emergency shelters (except under the HPS Rural and Remote Homelessness funding stream and non-designated communities receiving funding under the Aboriginal Homelessness funding stream)
  • Emergency housing funding (e.g. rent subsidies, housing allowances) when the client is supported by existing provincial/territorial and municipal rent subsidies programs
  • Direct income support to individuals who are homeless, at risk or at imminent risk of homelessness
  • Medical/clinical staff
  • Clinical health and treatment services
  • Daycare
  • Local Research
  • Advocacy and lobbying activities towards elected representatives on questions related to homelessness and public awareness activities
  • Public education (e.g. education tuition, teaching salary)
  • Activities and supports taking place on-reserve
  • Software development and/or the purchase of hardware for the collection and/or management of homelessness data that results in an inability to participate in the National Homelessness Information System (NHIS) initiative; and that constitutes a redundant use of funds and duplicate activities already offered through the Homeless Individuals and Families Information System (HIFIS) software. For example: purchasing alternative software that performs similar functions to the HIFIS software
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