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CALL FOR PROPOSALS

The Reaching Home funding opportunities are made available here to all groups and communities looking to establish housing and facilities that support the reduction of homelessness in Nova Scotia.

INVITATION TO SUBMIT EXPRESSION OF INTEREST (EOI) FOR AVAILABLE REACHING HOME FUNDING FOR RURAL AND REMOTE NOVA SCOTIA

Currently, AHANS is inviting organizations and stakeholders to submit EOIs for new CAPITAL PROJECTS or INNOVATIVE APPROACHES to enhance existing homelessness response and re-housing systems of care in communities across Nova Scotia (excluding Cape Breton Regional Municipality and Halifax Regional Municipality which are supported through Reaching Home Designated Communities Stream).

  • DEADLINE: 11:59 p.m. on September 15, 2023.

  • $750,000 available for investment

  • EOI of 1-2 pages must describe the proposed project, budget and outline any existing partnerships and resources.

Reaching Home Requirements
 

The goal of Reaching Home is to have a 50% reduction in the number of chronic homeless in Canada by 2027-2028.
 

Chronic Homeless is defined as individuals who are experiencing homelessness AND who meet at least 1 of the following criteria:

  • they have a total of at least 6 months (180 days) of homelessness over the past year

  • they have recurrent experiences of homelessness over the past 3 years, with a cumulative duration of at least 18 months (546 days)
     

Chronic homelessness includes time spent in the following contexts:

  • staying in unsheltered locations, that is public or private spaces without consent or contract, or places not intended for permanent human habitation

  • staying in emergency shelters, including overnight shelters for people experiencing homelessness (including those for specific populations, such as youth, families, and newcomers), shelters for people impacted by family violence, and emergency shelters for people fleeing a natural disaster or destruction of accommodation

  • staying temporarily with others without guarantee of continued residency or the immediate prospects for accessing permanent housing, or short-term rental accommodations (for example, motels) without security of tenure
     

In addition to the above, Halifax will be required to set targets for the following:

  • a general reduction in overall homelessness

  • a reduction in homelessness for priority populations

  • a reduction of inflows into homelessness, and

  • a reduction in a return to homelessness from housing

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