$581,379 Million announced to help Communities reduce Homelessness

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Canada has announced $581,379 over the next three years to the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness through the new Community Capacity and Innovation (CCI) funding stream under Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy.

This Summer, the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness is launching an online platform called the Homelessness Learning Hub, representing an innovative use of technology to enhance knowledge sharing and networking for the homelessness sector and beyond.

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The Homelessness Learning Hub will help communities by providing a wide array of resources and professional development tools for frontline staff, homelessness service providers, Community Entities and Community Advisory Boards across Canada.

Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos said, “When one person is forced to live on the streets, we’re all diminished. Homelessness is a reality for too many Canadians and a challenge for every Canadian community. Through Reaching Home, we’re working with other levels of government, NGOs, Indigenous partners and communities across Canada to provide more stable housing to people experiencing homelessness and increasing support for vulnerable groups.”

Member of Parliament for Humber River—Black Creek, The Honourable Judy Sgro said, “I’m proud that through Reaching Home and the new Community Capacity and Innovation funding stream, we’re able to work with organizations like Canadian Observatory on Homelessness to develop innovative solutions that will support the homeless-serving sector. Supporting our service providers, frontline staff and communities with the right tools and resources ensures that we are equipping communities across Canada with the capacity to prevent and reduce homelessness.”

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Through Community Capacity and Innovation funding stream this stream, $74 million over the nine years will be dedicated to support training, technical assistance and innovative projects.

The aim of the new Community Capacity and Innovation (CCI) stream is to support communities in their implementation of Reaching Home by providing them with training and technical assistance and to foster innovation in the sector. This stream replaces the former Innovative Solutions to Homelessness and National Homelessness Information System streams.

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