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Community Services

​​​​We are committed to:

  • addressing poverty and homelessness issues in Simcoe County;
  • achieving more seamless and integrated services for individuals, youth and families being impacted by poverty and homelessness through strong community partnerships​

Homelessness Prevention

Through community partnerships and service provider contracts, the County of Simcoe has been able to achieve a more seamless and integrated service for individuals, youth, and families being impacted by homelessness in Simcoe County. Partnership initiatives continuously address the following core service delivery element:

  • To move people from the street into emergency shelters
  • To move people from emergency shelters into permanent accommodations
  • To prevent homelessness by helping people who are at risk of losing permanent housing

Learn more about the resources available on homelessness in Simcoe County

 

 

Social and Community Investment Fund (SCIF)Social and Community Investment Fund (SCIF)<p>​​​​​​​The <span lang="EN-US" style="color:#444444;font-family:"droid sans";">County of Simcoe provides a <strong> <span style="font-family:"droid sans";">Social and Community Investment Fund (SCIF)</span></strong> to help local organizations develop community-based initiatives that address poverty. SCIF is intended to provide opportunities for individuals and households living with low-income through community programs.</span></p><p> <span lang="EN-US" style="color:#444444;font-family:"droid sans";">The goals of the SCIF program are:</span></p><ol style="list-style-type:decimal;"><li>To support projects that address services and resources for individuals and households living with low-income, and<br></li><li>To address 2021 SCIF theme pressures identified in the social service sector.<strong class="ms-rteFontSize-2">​  </strong></li></ol><p style="text-align:justify;">For 2021, funding will be focused on the following priority areas (themes): transportation, food security, immigrant settlement services, vulnerable families, and basic needs. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>The 2021 SCIF Call for Applications is now closed!​</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="color:#cc3300;"><a href="/ChildrenandCommunityServices/Documents/SCIF/2021%20SCIF%20Application%20Form%20Final.pdf" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icpdf.png" alt="" /><span><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-1-5">​</span></span></a><span style="color:#cc3300;"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-1-5"><a href="/ChildrenandCommunityServices/Documents/SCIF/2021%20SCIF%20Application%20Form%20Final.pdf" target="_blank">​2021 SCIF Application Form </a> </span></span></span><a href="/ChildrenandCommunityServices/Documents/SCIF/2021%20SCIF%20Program%20Guidelines%20Final.pdf" target="_blank" style="font-size:1em;"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />2021 SCIF ​Program Guidelines </a> <span style="font-size:1em;"><a href="/ChildrenandCommunityServices/Documents/SCIF/2021%20SCIF%20FAQs%20-%20Aug%2013.pdf" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />2021 SCI​F​ FAQs</a></span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-size:11pt;line-height:106%;font-family:arial, sans-serif;color:#cc3300;"><span style="color:#cc3300;"><span style="color:#cc3300;">2021 SCIF FAQs will be updated frequently with new questions and responses, please continue to review the document regularly</span></span></span><span style="color:#cc3300;">​.</span><br style="color:#cc3300;"></span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="color:#cc3300;">​<br></span></span></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:1em;">​</span><span style="font-size:1em;">Learn more abou</span><span style="font-size:1em;">t the </span><a href="/ChildrenandCommunityServices/Documents/SCIF/SCIF%20Projects%20Awarded%20in%202020.pdf" target="_blank" style="font-size:1em;"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />SCIF Projects Awarded in 2020</a><span style="font-size:1em;">, </span><a href="/ChildrenandCommunityServices/Documents/SCIF/SCIF%20Bulletin%202020%20V2.pdf" target="_blank" style="font-size:1em;"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />SCIF Bulletin 2020</a><br></p><p><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><span style="line-height:106%;">Learn more about the <a href="/ChildrenandCommunityServices/Documents/SCIF/SCIF%20Projects%20Awarded%20in%202019.pdf" target="_blank"><img width="16" height="16" class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icpdf.png" alt="" /><span style="color:#0066ff;text-decoration:underline;">SCIF Projects Awarded in 2019</span></a><span style="color:#0066ff;">,</span> <a href="/ChildrenandCommunityServices/Documents/SCIF%20Bulletin%202019.pdf" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icpdf.png" alt="" /><span style="color:#0066ff;text-decoration:underline;">SCIF Bulletin 2019</span></a><span style="color:#0066ff;"> </span></span></span></p><p> <span style="font-size:1em;">Learn more about the <a href="/ChildrenandCommunityServices/Documents/SCIF/SCIF%20Projects%20Awarded%20in%202018.pdf" target="_blank"> <img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />SCIF Projects Awarded in 2018</a>​, <a href="/ChildrenandCommunityServices/Documents/SCIF/SCIF%20Bulletin%202018.pdf" target="_blank"> <img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />SCIF Bulletin 2018</a></span></p><p> <span style="font-size:1em;">Learn more about the </span><a href="/ChildrenandCommunityServices/Documents/Community%20Services%20Documents/2015%20SCIF%20Allocations.pdf" target="_blank" style="font-size:1em;"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icpdf.png" alt="" style="margin:5px;" /></a><a href="/ChildrenandCommunityServices/Documents/SCIF/SCIF%20Projects%20Awarded%20in%202017_FINAL.PDF" target="_blank"><span>SCIF Projects Awarded in 201</span>7</a>,<span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><a href="/ChildrenandCommunityServices/Documents/Community%20Services%20Documents/2015%20SCIF%20bulletin.pdf" target="_blank" style="font-size:1em;"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icpdf.png" alt="" style="margin-top:5px;margin-bottom:5px;" /></a><a href="/ChildrenandCommunityServices/Documents/SCIF/SCIF%20Bulletin%202017_v2_FINAL.pdf" target="_blank" style="font-size:1em;">SCIF Bulletin 2017</a><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span></p><p> <span style="font-size:1em;">Lear</span><span style="font-size:1em;">n </span> <span style="font-size:1em;">mo</span><span style="font-size:1em;">re about the </span><a href="/ChildrenandCommunityServices/Documents/Community%20Services%20Documents/2015%20SCIF%20bulletin.pdf" target="_blank" style="font-size:1em;"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icpdf.png" alt="" /></a><a href="/ChildrenandCommunityServices/Documents/SCIF%20Bulletin%202016%20v3.pdf" target="_blank" style="font-size:1em;">SCIF Bulletin 2016</a><span style="font-size:1em;">  </span></p><p> <span style="font-size:1em;">Learn more about the </span> <a href="/ChildrenandCommunityServices/Documents/Community%20Services%20Documents/2015%20SCIF%20Allocations.pdf" target="_blank" style="font-size:1em;"> <img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />SCIF Projects Awarded in 2015</a>​<br></p><p> <span style="font-size:1em;">Learn more about the </span> <a title="Hyperlink to the SCIF Projects Awarded in 2014" href="/ChildrenandCommunityServices/Documents/Community%20Services%20Documents/2014%20SCIF%20Allocations%20-%20update.pdf" target="_blank" style="font-size:1em;"> <img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />SCIF Projects Awarded in 2014</a></p><p> <span style="font-size:1em;">Learn more about the </span> <a title="Hyperlink to the SCIF Projects Awarded in 2013" href="/ChildrenandCommunityServices/Documents/Community%20Services%20Documents/SCIF%202013%20Awards.pdf" target="_blank" style="font-size:1em;"> <img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />SCIF Projects Awarded in 2013</a></p><p> <span style="font-size:1em;">Learn more about the </span> <a title="Hyperlink to the SCIF Projects Awarded in 2012" href="/ChildrenandCommunityServices/Documents/Community%20Services%20Documents/SCIF%202012%20Project%20Awards.pdf" target="_blank" style="font-size:1em;"> <img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />SCIF Projects Awarded in 2012</a></p><p> <strong>For further information please contact</strong></p><p>Michelle Henderson <a href="mailto:Michelle.Henderson@simcoe.ca">Michelle.Henderson@​simcoe.ca​</a>  at 705-722-3132 or 905-729-4514 Ext.1039<br></p>
Emergency Shelter ServicesEmergency Shelter Services<p>Emergency shelters provide lodging and personal needs to people experiencing homelesness on a short term basis. Emergency shelter services are used by individuals in crisis, needing temporary housing and support. Residents of an emergency shelter may or may not be recipients of social assistance. Residents of an emergency shelter may be eligible to receive such benefits as a personal needs allowance, drug card and other support services while residing in the shelter.  Learn more about the <a href="/ChildrenandCommunityServices/Documents/Community%20Services%20Documents/Emergency-Shelter-Standards-Simcoe-Revised-2006.pdf" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />County of Simcoe's Emergency Shelter Standards</a>.</p><h3>Emergency Shelter Service Providers</h3><p>The Social Services Department of the County of Simcoe provides per diem funding for emergency shelter beds, including access to basic needs, in the following facilities:</p><p><strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;"></span><a title="Hyperlink to Elizabeth Fry Society of Simcoe County Website" href="http://elizabethfrysociety.com/" target="_blank">Elizabeth Fry Society</a> serving women, located in the City of Barrie</strong><br>102 Maple Avenue<br>Barrie, Ontario<br>L4N1S4<br>Phone: 705-725-0613</p><p><strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><a title="Hyperlink to the Lighthouse Christian Ministries Website" href="http://www.orillialighthouse.ca/" target="_blank">Lighthouse Christian Ministries</a></span> serving males, located in the City of Orillia</strong><br>48 Peter Street, South<br>Orillia, Ontario<br>L3V 5B1<br>Phone: 705-329-2424</p><p><strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><a title="Hyperlink to Salvation Army Website" href="http://www.salvationarmy.ca/" target="_blank">Salvation Army</a></span> serving males, located in the City of Barrie</strong><br>16 Bayfield Street<br>P.O. Box 38<br>Barrie, Ontario<br>L4M 4S9<br>Phone: 705-728-3737</p><p><strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><a title="Hyperlink to Rosewood Shelter Website" href="http://www.huroniatransitionhomes.ca/" target="_blank">La Maison Rosewood Shelter</a></span> serving women and children, located in the Town of Midland</strong><br>582 Hugel Avenue<br>Midland, Ontario<br>L4R 4K6<br>Crisis Phone: 705-526-4211</p><p><strong><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><a title="Hyperlink to Youth Haven Barrie Website" href="http://www.youthhavenbarrie.com/" target="_blank">Youth Haven</a></span> serving male and female youth, located in the City of Barrie</strong><br>20-22 Wellington Street East<br>Barrie, Ontario<br>L4M 2B8<br>Phone: 705-739-7616 or 705-739-9930</p>
Domiciliary Care ServicesDomiciliary Care Services<p>The County of Simcoe Domiciliary Care Services are designed to provide permanent housing for vulnerable at risk individuals who are economically disadvantaged and who have significant health problems that require support for activities of daily living. County of Simcoe contracted Domiciliary Care Service Providers are located throughout Simcoe County.  Learn more about the <a title="Hyperlink to 2015 Domiciliary Program Standards and Operational Procedures" href="/ChildrenandCommunityServices/Documents/Community%20Services%20Documents/2015%20Domiciliary%20Program%20Standards%20and%20Operational%20Procedures.pdf" target="_blank">2015 Domiciliary Program Standards and Operational Procedures</a>. ​<br></p>
Housing Retention ProgramHousing Retention Program<p>​​​​Financial assistance is available to assist residents who are at risk of losing their rental housing or having their energy disconnected.  The <strong>Rent Arrears Assistance </strong>and <strong>Emergency Energy Arrears Assistance </strong>programs are available to residents of Simcoe County, with the exception of those who are eligible to receive assistance through Ontario Works (OW) and Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP).  For OW and ODSP clients, please contact your case worker. </p><h3>How to apply</h3><p>The Housing Resource Centres will complete applications and provide case management, information and referrals.  Simcoe County residents wishing to apply for these programs are to contact the Housing Resource Centre in their area. </p> <br><table class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:100%;height:486px;"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" colspan="6" style="width:54%;">​<a href="http://www.contactsouthsimcoe.ca/housing/" target="_blank">CONTACT Housing Support Services</a></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" colspan="1" style="width:2%;">​</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" colspan="5" style="width:193px;"> Serving South Simcoe including Alliston and Bradford areas at:<br><a href="http://www.contactsouthsimcoe.ca/housing/" target="_blank"><strong>CONTACT Housing Support Services</strong></a><br>39 Victoria St. East<br>Alliston, ON     L9R 1W1<br></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" rowspan="1" colspan="6" style="width:54%;">​​<a href="http://www.simcoecommunityservices.ca/housing-support-services/" target="_blank">Empower Simcoe - Housing Support Services </a> </td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" colspan="5"> Serving Barrie and surrounding areas at:<br><strong><a href="https://www.simcoecommunityservices.ca/housing-support-services/" target="_blank">Regional Housing Support Services</a></strong><br>39 Fraser Court<br>Barrie, ON     L4N 5J5<br></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" rowspan="1" style="width:2%;">​</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" rowspan="1" colspan="5" style="width:218px;">​​Serving Collingwood and surrounding areas at:<br><a href="https://www.simcoecommunityservices.ca/housing-resource-centre-hours-locations/" target="_blank"><strong>Collingwood Housing Resource Centre​</strong></a><br>B-485 Second St<br>Collingwood, ON     L9Y 3J7<br></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" rowspan="1" style="width:2%;">​</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" rowspan="1" colspan="5" style="width:218px;">​​Serving Midland and surrounding areas at:<br><strong><a href="http://www.theguesthouseshelter.ca/" target="_blank">The Guesthouse Shelter & Community Hub</a></strong><br>522 Elizabeth St. <br>Midland, ON     L4R 2A1<br></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" rowspan="1" style="width:2%;">​</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" rowspan="1" colspan="5" style="width:218px;">​​Serving Orillia and surrounding areas at:<br><strong><a href="https://www.simcoecommunityservices.ca/housing-resource-centre-hours-locations/#orillia" target="_blank">Orillia Housing Resource Centre</a></strong><br>35 West St. North<br>Orillia, ON     ​L3V 5B8​<br></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" rowspan="1" colspan="6" style="width:2%;">  <a href="https://www.simcoecommunityservices.ca/housing-resource-centre-hours-locations">Empower Simcoe - <strong>Drop In Locations and Times​ ​ ​</strong></a></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" rowspan="1" style="width:2%;height:96px;">​</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" rowspan="1" colspan="3" style="height:96px;width:899px;"><div> <span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0">​<strong><a href="https://www.busbycentre.ca/" target="_blank">David Busby Centre</a></strong><br>88 Mulcaster St.</span></div> <span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0">Barrie, ON     L4M 3M5​</span></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" rowspan="1" colspan="2" style="width:308px;height:96px;"><p> <span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0">Monday:  8:30am – 12:00pm<br></span><span style="font-size:1em;">Tuesday: 1:00pm – 3:00pm<br>Wednesday:  8:30am – 12:00pm<br>Thursday: 1:00pm – 3:00pm<br>Friday:  8:30am – 12:00pm</span></p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" rowspan="1" style="width:2%;height:96px;">​​<br><br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" rowspan="1" colspan="3" style="height:96px;width:899px;">​<a href="/OntarioWorks/Pages/contact.aspx" target="_blank"><strong>Ontario Works Office</strong></a><br><div>136 Bayfield Street, 3rd Floor<br></div><div>Barrie, ON     L4M 3B1​<br></div></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" rowspan="1" colspan="2" style="width:308px;height:96px;">​Monday: <span style="font-size:1em;">9:00am - 4:30pm</span><span style="font-size:1em;">​</span><span style="font-size:1em;">Wednesday: </span><span style="font-size:1em;">9:00am - 4:30pm</span><span style="font-size:1em;">​</span></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" rowspan="1" style="width:2%;">​<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" rowspan="1" colspan="3" style="width:899px;"> <span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0">​​<span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0"><a href="https://www.simcoecommunityservices.ca/housing-resource-centre-hours-locations/" target="_blank"><strong><font color="#0066cc">Collingwood Housing Resource Centre​</font></strong></a><br>B-485 Second St<br>Collingwood, ON     L9Y 3J7<br></span></span></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" rowspan="1" colspan="2" style="width:308px;"><p> <span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0">Tuesday: 9:00am – 11:30am</span></p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" rowspan="1" style="width:2%;">​<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" rowspan="1" colspan="3" style="width:899px;">​<a href="http://www.collingwoodpubliclibrary.ca/client/en_US/cwood/" target="_blank"><strong>Collingwood Public Library</strong></a><br><div>55 Ste. Marie Street,<br></div><div>Collingwood, ON     L9Y 0W6<br></div></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" rowspan="1" colspan="2" style="width:308px;"><div>Monday: <span style="font-size:1em;">10:00am - 4:30pm</span><span style="font-size:1em;">​</span></div></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" rowspan="1" style="width:2%;">​<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" rowspan="1" colspan="3" style="width:899px;">​<a href="https://www.southgeorgianbaychc.ca/" target="_blank"><strong>Ramblewood Community Family Health Team</strong></a><br><div>14 Ramblewood Drive,​ Unit 202<br></div><div>Wasaga Beach, ON     L9Z 0C4<br></div></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" rowspan="1" colspan="2" style="width:308px;">​Wednes<span style="font-size:1em;">day: </span><span style="font-size:1em;">9:00am - 4:30pm</span></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" rowspan="1" style="width:2%;">​<br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" rowspan="1" colspan="3" style="width:899px;"> <span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0"><strong>​<a href="https://www.simcoecommunityservices.ca/housing-resource-centre-hours-locations/" target="_blank">North Simcoe Housing Resour​ce Centre​</a>​​</strong><br class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0">522 Elizabeth St.</span><br class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0">Midland, ON     L4R 2A1<br></span></span></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" rowspan="1" colspan="2" style="width:308px;"><p> <span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0">​<span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0">Thursday:  9:00am – 11:30am</span></span></p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" rowspan="1" style="width:2%;">​<br><br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" rowspan="1" colspan="3" style="width:899px;">​<a href="http://www.midlandlibrary.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Midland Public Library</strong></a><br><div>320 King St.<br></div><div>Midland, ON     L4R 3M6​<br></div></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" rowspan="1" colspan="2" style="width:308px;">​Tuesday: <span style="font-size:1em;">10:00am - 4:30pm</span><span style="font-size:1em;">​</span><div><div>Thur​sday: <span style="font-size:1em;">10:00am - 4:30pm</span></div></div></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" rowspan="1" style="width:2%;">​</td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" rowspan="1" colspan="3" style="width:899px;"><div> <span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0">​​<strong><a href="http://orillialighthouse.ca/" target="_blank">Lighthouse Soup Kitchen & Shelter</a></strong><br>48 Peter St. South</span></div><div> <span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0">Orillia, ON     </span><span style="font-size:1em;">L3V 5B1</span></div></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" rowspan="1" colspan="2" style="width:308px;"><p><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0">Tuesday:  8:30am – 11:30am</span></p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" rowspan="1" style="width:2%;">​<br><br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" rowspan="1" colspan="3" style="width:899px;">​<a href="https://www.orilliapubliclibrary.ca/en/index.aspx" target="_blank" style="font-size:1em;"><strong>Orillia Public Library</strong></a><div>36 Mississauga Street West​</div><div>Orillia, ON     L3V 3A6<br></div></td><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" rowspan="1" colspan="2" style="width:308px;">​Tuesday: 10:00am - 4:30p​m<br></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><div><br> </div><div><span style="font-size:1em;">For information or to arrange an appointment at any of the above offices, please call: </span><br></div><div><br> </div><div style="text-align:center;"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-5 ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0"><strong>​(705)739-0485</strong></span>   or   <span class="ms-rteFontSize-5 ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0"><strong>1-833-726-9082</strong></span> <span class="ms-rteFontSize-5"><strong>(Toll-Free)</strong></span>.<br></div><p><br><br> </p>
Simcoe County Alliance To End Homelessness (SCATEH)Simcoe County Alliance To End Homelessness (SCATEH)<p>The Simcoe County Alliance to End Homelessness (SCATEH) is a coalition of over 70 community stakeholders and front line workers who are committed to developing and implementing strategies that will eliminate homelessness. The Alliance serves as a forum to understand, plan and co-ordinate activities that raise awareness of the complex issues surrounding homelessness and to create solutions.</p><p>Learn more on the <a href="http://scateh.com/" target="_blank">Simcoe County Alliance to End Homelessness website</a>.<br></p>
Simcoe County HIFISSimcoe County HIFIS<div><p><span lang="EN-US">​​​​​​​​​HIFIS (Homeless Individual</span><span lang="EN-US">s and Families</span><span lang="EN-US"> Information System) is a voluntary information system provided by the Government of Canada’s Employment and Social Development Canada department, and is a community-level data collection and case management information system.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div><p><span lang="EN-US">Anonym​ous data from HIFIS is used nationally for the National Shelter Study and the Shelter Capacity Report. It is also used locally to gain a better understanding of the issues of homelessness in Simcoe County, and to better plan for services and initiatives. At the service provider level, data from HIFIS is used for case management, helping front-line staff provide coordinated services and reduce duplication for HIFIS clients.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div><p><span lang="EN-US">In Si​mcoe County, HIFIS project development and operations are led in partnership by the Children and Community Services and Information Technology departments, with input from service provider representatives known as Super Users.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div><h2><span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US">2020 Update​​​​</span></span></span></h2><p><span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US"><span lang="EN-US"></span>The focus for HIFIS in 2020 continues to be project development and refining HIFIS opera​​tions. Project development focusses on the development of reports from HIFIS, and HIFIS operations is focused on training with front-end users (i.e., service provider staff), data quality, and policy and procedures.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span>​</span></p><h2><span lang="EN-US">2019 Update​<br></span></h2><p><span lang="EN-US">In 2019, the County​​ of Simcoe launched HIFIS</span><span lang="EN-US"> </span><span lang="EN-US">with its funded service providers </span><span lang="EN-US">in the homeless</span><span lang="EN-US">ness</span><span lang="EN-US"> sector</span><span lang="EN-US">, </span><span lang="EN-US">specifically with</span><span lang="EN-US"> the following programs: Housing Support, Housing First, Emergency Shelter, Motel Voucher, and Transitional Housing</span><span lang="EN-US">. </span><span lang="EN-US"> </span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></p></div><div><div><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:1em;">T</span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:1em;">he following ​​​milestones were achieved</span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:1em;"> in 2019</span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:1em;">:</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}" style="font-size:1em;"> </span><br></div><div><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"></span></div><ul><li><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:1em;">9500+ client files</span><span data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}" style="font-size:1em;"> </span></li><li><span lang="EN-US">201 active HIFIS users</span><span data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></li><li><span lang="EN-US">26 agencies</span><span data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> ​</span></li><li><span lang="EN-US">11 in-person training sessions</span><span data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> ​</span></li></ul></div><div><div><h2><span lang="EN-US">​​​More information about HIFIS can be found at:</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></h2></div><ul><li><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:1em;">County of Simcoe: </span><a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=52879e72-f059-4f33-b601-1fb145b1f0a9" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer" style="font-size:1em;"><span lang="EN-US">HIFIS Support Centre</span></a><span data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}" style="font-size:1em;"> </span></li><li><span lang="EN-US" style="font-size:1em;">Employment and Social Development Canada: <br></span><a href="https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/programs/homelessness/hifis.html" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer" style="font-size:1em;"><span lang="EN-US">Homeless Individuals and Families Information System</span></a><span data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}" style="font-size:1em;"> </span></li></ul></div><div><span lang="EN-US"></span>For further information please contact the County of Simcoe HIFIS team by email at <span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-4" style="font-size:16px;line-height:16.8px;"><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-4" lang="FR-CA" style="line-height:16.8px;"><a href="mailto:HIFIS@simcoe.ca" target="_blank">HIFIS@simcoe.ca​</a></span></span><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-4" style="font-size:16px;"></span><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-2 ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-4" style="font-size:16px;">.</span><br><br><br></div>
Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative (CHPI)Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative (CHPI)<p>​The Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative (CHPI) aims to prevent and end homelessness by improving access to adequate, suitable, and affordable housing and homelessness services for people experiencing homelessness and for people at-risk of homelessness. </p><p>In Simcoe County, CHPI is administered under a service agreement between the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and the County of Simcoe, as the Service Manager. The responsibility for delivering CHPI in local communities rests with the County of Simcoe. </p><p>The vision of CHPI is:</p><p><em>A coordinated and holistic service delivery system that is people-centered, evidence informed and outcomes-based, and reflects a Housing First approach that focuses on homelessness prevention and reduces reliance on emergency services</em>.</p><p>The two key program outcomes of CHPI are:</p><p>1. People experiencing homelessness obtain and retain housing</p><p>2. People at risk of homelessness remain housed</p><p>More information about CHPI can be found on the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing website:</p><p><a href="http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/AssetFactory.aspx?did=15972" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" /><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0" style="text-decoration:underline;">Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative CHPI Program Guidelines</span></a></p><p><a href="https://www.msdsb.net/images/ADMIN/correspondence/2019/MMAH_CHPI_Reporting_Guide.pdf" target="_blank"><img width="16" height="16" class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icpdf.png" alt="" /><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0" style="text-decoration:underline;">Appendix E – CHPI Performance Indicators Reporting Guide REVISED MAY 2019</span></a><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0"> </span></p><p><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-0"></span> </p><div class="ms-rtestate-read ms-rte-wpbox"><div class="ms-rtestate-notify ms-rtestate-read a5987379-2ab2-4610-a180-ff273e21cd10" id="div_a5987379-2ab2-4610-a180-ff273e21cd10" unselectable="on"></div><div id="vid_a5987379-2ab2-4610-a180-ff273e21cd10" unselectable="on" style="display:none;"></div></div><p><a href="/ChildrenandCommunityServices/Documents/Community%20Services%20Documents/Serious%20Occurrence%20Report%20-%20December%202019%20FINAL.pdf" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />2019 December Serious Occurr​ence​ Report</a></p><p><a href="/ChildrenandCommunityServices/Documents/SCIF/CHPI%20Indicators%20Reporting%20Instructions_FINAL.pdf" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />CHPI Indicators Reporting Instructions for Funded Programs 2020/21</a>​​<br> <br></p>

 

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