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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)<font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font><p><span lang="EN-US" style="color:#444444;font-family:"droid sans";">The 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 low-income families 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 external programs that address services for low-income families, particularly those in receipt of social assistance, and</li><li>To address pressures identified in the social service sectors<br></li></ol><p><strong><span class="ms-rteFontSize-3" style="line-height:106%;font-family:arial, sans-serif;"><br></span></strong></p><p><strong><span class="ms-rteFontSize-3" style="line-height:106%;font-family:arial, sans-serif;">The application period for 2018 funding is now closed. Applicants will be advised of the status of their project submission by November 2018.</span></strong></p><font color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font><ul><li><a href="/ChildrenandCommunityServices/Documents/SCIF/2018%20SCIF%20Program%20Guidelines.pdf">2018 Program Guidelines</a> </li><li><a href="/ChildrenandCommunityServices/Documents/SCIF/2018%20SCIF%20Evaluation%20Scorecard.pdf">2018 Evaluation Scorecard</a><span style="font-family:"droid sans";font-size:1em;"> </span><br></li><li><span style="font-family:"droid sans";font-size:1em;"><a href="/ChildrenandCommunityServices/Documents/SCIF/2018%20SCIF%20Application%20Form.pdf">2018 SCIF Application Form</a></span></li><li><a href="/ChildrenandCommunityServices/Documents/SCIF/2018%20SCIF%20FAQs.pdf">2018 SCIF FAQs</a><br></li></ul><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></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><br></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>For further information please contact</p><p>Irena Pozgaj-Jones <a href="mailto:Irena.Pozgaj-Jones@simcoe.ca" target="_blank">Irena.Pozgaj-Jones@simcoe.ca </a> at 705-722-3132 or 905-729-4514 Ext.1039</p>
Emergency Shelter ServicesEmergency Shelter Services<p>Emergency shelters provide lodging and personal needs to homeless people 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/services-and-programs/rosewood-shelter/" 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>. Clients wishing to be considered for the services should directly contact the facilities listed for availability and admission to the service:</p><p><strong>Bayview Retirement Home</strong><br> 175 Walnut Street, PO Box 328<br> Waubaushene, Ontario<br> L0K 2C0<br> Phone: 705-510-0101 </p><p><strong>Best Lifestyle</strong><br>6 Reinbird Street<br>Coldwater, Ontario<br>L0K 1EO<br>Phone: 705-686-3307</p><p><strong>Huronia Guest Home</strong><br>7232 Highway 26<br>P.O. Box 440<br>Stayner, Ontario <br>L0M 1S0<br>Phone: 705-428-2547</p><p><strong>Residence of Lafontaine</strong><br>323 Lafontaine Rd W<br>Penetanguishene, Ontario<br> L9M 1R3<br>Phone: 705-533-2244</p><p><strong>Pine Villa Retirement</strong><br>120 Pine Street<br>Collingwood, Ontario <br>L9Y 2N9<br>Phone: 705-445-8850</p><p><strong>Kayla Retirement Home</strong><br>84 Coldwater Road, West<br>Orillia, Ontario<br>L3V 3L4<br>Phone: 705-327-2464</p><p><strong>Simcoe Terrace</strong><br>44 Donald Street<br>Barrie, Ontario<br>L4N 1E3<br>Phone: 705-722-5750</p><p><strong>Tudhope Manor</strong><br>127 Peter Street, North<br>Orillia, Ontario<br>L3V 4Z4<br>Phone: 705-325-8383</p><p><strong>Windermere Gardens</strong><br>55 Peel Street<br>Barrie, Ontario<br>L4M 3K9 <br>Phone: 705-726-1100</p><p><strong>Blue Mountain Residence</strong><br>695 Ste Marie Street<br>Collingwood, Ontario<br>L9Y 3L4<br>Phone: 705-445-5203 <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. </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. Residents in the Bradford area are to contact the Housing Resource Centre in Alliston.</p><p><a href="http://www.contactsouthsimcoe.ca/housing/" target="_blank">CONTACT Housing Support Services</a><br>39 Victoria St. East<br>Alliston, Ontario<br>L9R 1W1<br>Phone: 435-4900</p><p><strong></strong><a href="http://www.housinginfo.ca/">Orillia Housing Resource Centre</a><br>169 Front Street, Suite 215<br>Orillia, Ontario<br>L3V 4S8<br>Phone: 325-3883</p><p><strong></strong><a href="http://www.communityreach.ca/housing.html">Community Reach North Simcoe</a><br>850 Hartman Drive, Unit 104<br>Midland, Ontario<br>Phone: 528-6999</p><p><a href="http://www.housinginfo.ca/">Georgian Triangle Housing Resource Centre</a><br>115 Hurontario Street, Suite 105<br>Collingwood, Ontario<br>Phone: 445-0643<br>Fax: 445-1425</p><p><strong></strong><a href="http://www.simcoecommunityservices.ca/family-services/barrie-housing-support-services">Barrie Housing Support Services</a><br>39 Fraser Court<br>Barrie, Ontario<br>L4N 5J5<br>Phone: 739-0485</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>