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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

Homelessness Winter Services and Shelter Supports in Barrie​

December 1, 2021 – March 31, 2022

CENTRAL SHELTER ACCESS INTAKE LINE: 705-828-3795

Centralized Shelter Access - is a support for individuals and families experiencing homelessness who require immediate emergency shelter. This winter pilot program includes: coordinated shelter support/placement with family shelters, shelters for single female identified and single men identified, gender fluid individuals and youth 16 years and older. This is a triage, access, and diversion program with collaborating partners of Salvation Army Barrie Bayside Mission, Elizabeth Fry Society Simcoe Muskoka, Youth Haven and Busby Centre. For those who do not have access to a phone please connect with Busby Detour Outreach Team.

Sheltering agencies can also be contacted directly. Information is available in this document: Homelessness Winter Services and Shelter Supports in Barrie - 2021-2022.

For more information about winter sheltering and supports, visit simcoe.ca/homelessnesssystem​.

Learn more about the resources available on homelessness in Simcoe County

 

 

Homelessness SystemHomelessness System<h3>​​​​​​​<em class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0">​​Status update on programs, supports and system capacity</em></h3><p>The County of Simcoe leads the local system of homelessness supports and services across the region through partnerships and funded service agreements with community-based organizations.  <br></p><p><span style="font-size:1em;"></span><span style="font-size:1em;">Local shelters and service providers deliver and manage homelessness prevention services and operations. While the shelter system is publically funded, local shelters are not directly operated by the County of Simcoe. Emergency homeless shelters in Simcoe County include: </span></p><p></p><ul><li><span style="font-size:1em;">Busby Centre – Barrie and Collingwood </span></li><li><span style="font-size:1em;">T</span><span style="font-size:1em;">he Salvation Army (Bayside Mission) – Barrie</span></li><li><span style="font-size:1em;">Youth Haven – Barrie </span></li><li><span style="font-size:1em;">Elizabeth Fry Society - Barrie </span></li><li><span style="font-size:1em;">The Lighthouse – Orillia </span></li><li><span style="font-size:1em;">​</span><span style="font-size:1em;">​</span><span style="font-size:1em;">The Guesthouse – Midland </span></li></ul><span style="font-size:1em;"></span><p></p><p><span style="font-size:1em;"></span></p><p><span style="font-size:1em;"></span></p><p><span style="font-size:1em;"></span></p><h2>Temporary Emergency Motel Model<br></h2><p>​As a direct response to the needs of the vulnerable homeless population during the pandemic, the motel model of shelter was made possible through funding from the provincial and federal governments. Provincial Social Services Relief Funding (SSRF) and enhanced federal Reaching Home (RH) funding assisted the County of Simcoe to work with emergency shelter providers to transition five of six emergency shelters into motel settings early in the pandemic.</p><div><span style="font-size:1em;">Specialized supports are available to assist clients with immediate needs while in shelter settings.  These supports are offered through County of Simcoe Paramedic Services and through partnerships with community based service providers.  </span><br></div><div><p style="font-size:1em;">At this point, three shelters continue to use the motel shelter model with two having transitioned to their home shelter locations earlier this fall. Shelter operators manage the temporary motel model and therefore, direct and oversee shelter operations and establish guidelines for participants at these locations. </p><h2>Increased Shelter Capacity</h2><p>The County of Simcoe regularly funds 194 beds through agreements with partner organizations listed above. Shelter capacity was increased across the system in direct response to the needs of unsheltered individuals during the pandemic. Shelter bed capacity has increased by 68%, to 327 beds across the region resulting in enhanced capacity to meet the needs of those seeking shelter over the winter months. </p><p>Through funded service agreements for the delivery of outreach services, the County of Simcoe also assists community-based organizations to reach those living unsheltered. Enhanced street outreach connects people with resources and shelter and encourages people staying outside to come indoors, with particular emphasis during extreme winter temperatures.​ </p><p>Within the context of the provincial Roadmap to Reopen Ontario, the County of Simcoe is working with partners, including Public Health, to plan the transition from the motel model to community shelters.  The County of Simcoe continues to identify and action emerging opportunities for housing options and solutions to support individuals to transition from homelessness into more permanent accommodations.</p><p>The County recognizes and values the important contributions of local, community-based initiatives such as winter warming centres which augment the system of supports and services.  <br></p><h2>Homelessness Winter Services and Shelter Supports in Barrie<br></h2><h3>December 1, 2021 – March 31, 2022</h3><h4>CENTRAL SHELTER ACCESS INTAKE LINE: 705-828-3795</h4><div>Centralized Shelter Access - is a support for individuals and families experiencing homelessness who require immediate emergency shelter. This winter pilot program includes: coordinated shelter support/placement with family shelters, shelters for single female identified and single men identified, gender fluid individuals and youth 16 years and older. This is a triage, access, and diversion program with collaborating partners of Salvation Army Barrie Bayside Mission, Elizabeth Fry Society Simcoe Muskoka, Youth Haven and Busby Centre. For those who do not have access to a phone please connect with Busby Detour Outreach Team.</div><div><span style="font-size:1em;font-weight:bold;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size:1em;font-weight:bold;">S</span><span style="font-size:1em;font-weight:bold;">heltering agencies can also be contacted directly.​</span></div><p>For further information, please view the <a href="/ChildrenandCommunityServices/Documents/Homelessness%20Winter%20Services%20and%20Shelter%20Supports%20in%20Barrie%20-%202021-2022.pdf">Homelessness Winter Services and Shelter Supports in Barrie - 2021-2022</a> document.​<br></p><p style="font-size:1em;"><strong class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-0"><em>To access a shelter program, contact 211 for assistance or contact the shelter in your local community directly.</em></strong></p><h2>Homeless Shelter Services  ​</h2><table cellspacing="0" class="ms-rteTable-default" style="height:581px;width:100%;"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" style="width:50%;">​<a href="https://www.busbycentre.ca/">David Busby Street Ce​ntre​</a><br><span style="font-size:1em;">705-790-7028</span><br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width:28%;text-align:right;">​Barrie<br></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​<a href="https://outofthecoldcollingwood.com/">Out of the Cold Collingwood</a><br><em class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-1-5">operated by the David Busby Street Centre<br></em><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-1-5" style="font-size:1em;">705-606-6589</span><br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width:28%;text-align:right;">​Collingwood and ​Area<br></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​<a href="https://www.elizabethfrysociety.com/">Elizabeth Fry Society</a><br><span style="font-size:1em;">705-715-1052</span><br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width:28%;text-align:right;">​Barrie<br><br></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​<a href="http://www.theguesthouseshelter.ca/">The Guesthouse</a><br><span style="font-size:1em;">705-527-4111</span><br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width:28%;text-align:right;">​Midland/North Simcoe<br></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​<a href="http://orillialighthouse.ca/">The Lighthouse</a><br><span style="font-size:1em;">705-329-2265</span><br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width:28%;text-align:right;">​Orillia and A​rea<br></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​<a href="https://salvationarmybarrie.com/mens-shelter/">Salvation Army Bayside Mission​</a><br style="text-decoration:underline;"><span style="font-size:1em;">705-728-3737​</span><br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" style="width:28%;text-align:right;">​Barrie<br></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default" rowspan="1">​<a href="https://youthhaven.ca/">Youth Haven</a><br><span style="font-size:1em;">705-739-7616</span><br></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default" rowspan="1" style="width:28%;"><div style="text-align:right;">​Barrie</div><br></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableFooterRow-default"><td class="ms-rteTableFooterEvenCol-default" rowspan="1">​<a href="https://www.shiftforgood.ca/outreach" style="color:#000000;">S.H.I.F.T.</a><em class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-1-5"><br>outreach services and winter sheltering</em><br class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-1-5"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-1-5" style="font-size:1em;">705-435-7293</span><br></td><td class="ms-rteTableFooterOddCol-default" rowspan="1" style="width:28%;text-align:right;"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-1-5"><span>​</span><span>A</span><span>lliston and​ Sou</span><span style="font-size:1em;">th Simcoe</span><span style="font-size:1em;">​</span><br></span></td></tr></tbody></table><p style="font-size:1em;"><strong class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-2 ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteStyle-Accent1" style="text-align:center;">​Should you have any questions regarding homelessness supports and services in Simcoe County, please contact Lora D'Ambrosio at lora.dambrosio@simcoe.ca​</strong></p></div>
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 SCIF theme pressures identified in the social service sector.<strong class="ms-rteFontSize-2">​  </strong></li></ol><p><strong><br></strong></p><p><strong>2022 SCIF Application information:</strong></p><p>Applications will be available: August 12, 2021</p><p>Application Due Date: September 24, 2021<br><br><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"> <strong>The 2022 SCIF Call for Applications is now open!</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;"> <span style="color:#cc3300;"><a href="/ChildrenandCommunityServices/Documents/SCIF/2022%20Application%20Final%20Sept%207%202021.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>​<span style="color:#cc3300;"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-1-5">​2022 SCIF Application Form ​ </span></span></a>​</span><a href="/ChildrenandCommunityServices/Documents/SCIF/2022%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="" />2022 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;"><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"> <span style="font-size:1em;"><span style="font-size:1em;text-align:justify;"></span><span style="font-size:1em;text-align:justify;">Learn more abou</span><span style="font-size:1em;text-align:justify;">t the </span><a href="/ChildrenandCommunityServices/Documents/SCIF/Chart%202021%20for%20website.pdf" target="_blank" style="font-size:1em;text-align:justify;"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icpdf.png" alt="" style="margin:5px;" />SCIF Projects Awarded​ in 2021</a>​</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/SCIF/SCIF%20Projects%20Awarded%20in%202017_FINAL.PDF" target="_blank"><span><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icpdf.png" alt="" style="margin:5px;" />SCIF Projects Awarded in 201</span>7</a>,<span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><a href="/ChildrenandCommunityServices/Documents/SCIF/SCIF%20Bulletin%202017_v2_FINAL.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;" />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/SCIF%20Bulletin%202016%20v3.pdf" target="_blank" style="font-size:1em;"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />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>Andrea Hryciw Andrea.Hryciw@​simcoe.ca​<a href="mailto:Michelle.Henderson@simcoe.ca" style="font-size:1em;">​</a>​<span style="font-size:1em;"> at 905-729-4514 Ext.1145</span></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>
Simcoe County Food CouncilSimcoe County Food Council<p><strong>​The County of Simcoe funds the position of the Food Coordinator of the Simcoe County Food Council through the Social and Community Investment Fund (SCIF). The Food Coordinator supports the community efforts of the Food Council. ​​</strong><span style="font-size:1em;">​​​​​</span></p><p><span style="font-size:1em;">T</span><span style="font-size:1em;">he </span><span style="font-size:1em;">community-based Simcoe County Food Council (Food Council) will further coordination and  collaboration of efforts, programs, and initiatives, to enhance community food security and decrease household food insecurity in Simcoe County. The Food Council will use the Simcoe  County Food Security Framework (Framework) as a guide and menu of proposed actions items  to support and advance.  </span><br></p><p><strong>Background</strong></p><p>In 2017, the County of Simcoe approved funding to support the development of a Simcoe County Food Security Framework. A Food Security Framework Advisory Committee was developed, comprised of community members and County staff. The firm of Eco-Ethonomics Inc. was contracted to undertake broad community consultation to develop the Framework. </p><p><span style="font-size:1em;">​Re</span><span style="font-size:1em;">commendations from the Simcoe County Food Security Framework included the development of a Simcoe County Food Council and the engagement of a community agency to host a related Community Coordinator position. The Food Council, led by the Community Coordinator</span><span style="font-size:1em;">,</span><span style="font-size:1em;"> supports coordination and collaboration of food security efforts, programs, and initiatives, and leverages existing networks to better connect partners across Simcoe County.</span><span style="font-size:1em;">​</span></p><p><strong style="font-size:1em;">Vision</strong><br></p><p>The Food Council envisions a sustainable, equitable, and secure local food system in Simcoe County that  recognizes food as a human right. It is an inter-connected food system where safe, sufficient,  nutritious, culturally appropriate food is financially and physically accessible to everyone through dignified means, and where the people are actively working toward realizing a more food secure  Simcoe County. <br><strong style="font-size:1em;"><br>Simcoe County Food Security Framework Goals</strong><br></p><p>The Simcoe County Food Security Framework is a blueprint of proposed action items to achieve the Food Council's​​ goal for a food secure and sustainable Simcoe County. Goals focus on the following areas:</p><p>1. Household food insecurity in Simcoe County  </p><p>2. Support income and housing solutions</p><p>3. Increase physical access to sufficient nutritious food for all </p><p>4. Improve community food literacy </p><p>5. Support the local agri-food sector  </p><p>6. Foster Simcoe County's food traditions and Indigenous food knowledge and culture </p><p>7. Collaboration toward a food secure Simcoe County <br></p><p><strong style="font-size:1em;">Household Food Insecurity and Community Food Security</strong><br></p><p>Two important but distinct concepts that impact the Food Council's ability to be a food secure community. Both of these measures need to be addressed in the work the Food Council is doing.<br></p><p><span style="text-decoration-line:underline;font-size:1em;">Household Food Insecurity:</span><br></p><p>Household food insecurity is experienced when an individual or household lacks the financial resources to access food. Addressing household food insecurity requires specific income-related interventions.​<br><br><span style="font-size:1em;">Le</span><span style="font-size:1em;">arn more about reducing household food insecurity:</span><br></p><p><a href="https://www.simcoemuskokahealth.org/Topics/HealthEquity/poverty=hunger"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-4">Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit</span></a></p><p><a href="https://www.odph.ca/centsless"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-4">No Money for Food is Cent$less</span></a><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-4"> </span>​<br></p><p></p><p style="text-decoration:underline;"><span lang="EN" class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-1-5" style="text-decoration:underline;">Community Food Security:​ </span></p><p>Community food security is a condition in which all community residents have access to a safe, culturally appropriate, nutritionally adequate diet through a sustainable food system that maximizes community self-reliance and social justice.<br></p><p></p><p><strong><span lang="EN" style="font-size:11pt;line-height:115%;font-family:arial, sans-serif;">Key Documents</span></strong></p><p><span lang="EN" class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-4" style="font-size:11pt;line-height:115%;font-family:arial, sans-serif;"><a href="/ChildrenandCommunityServices/Documents/Community%20Data/Food%20and%20Agriculture%20Charter.pdf" target="_blank"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-4"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" /><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3">Simcoe County Food and Agriculture Charter ​</span></span></a></span></p><p><a href="/ChildrenandCommunityServices/Documents/Simcoe%20County%20Food%20Security%20Framework.pdf" target="_blank"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-4"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4 ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-4" src="/_layouts/images/icpdf.png" alt="" /><span class="ms-rteFontSize-2">Simcoe County Food Security Framewo<span style="text-decoration:underline;">rk</span></span></span></a><span style="text-decoration:underline;"> </span><span lang="EN" style="font-size:11pt;line-height:115%;font-family:arial, sans-serif;"><span class="msoIns ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-4" style="text-decoration:underline;"><ins cite="mailto:Pozgaj-Jones,%20Irena" datetime="2021-06-04T13:18">(</ins></span><span class="msoIns ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-4" style="text-decoration:underline;"><ins cite="mailto:Pozgaj-Jones,%20Irena" datetime="2021-06-04T13:17">CCW 2019-086)</ins></span></span><br class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-4 ms-rteFontSize-2"></p><p><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-4 ms-rteFontSize-2"><span><a href="/ChildrenandCommunityServices/Documents/Community%20Services%20Documents/SCFC%20Infographic.pdf" target="_blank"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-4 ms-rteFontSize-2"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />SCFC Infographic </span></a></span></span></p><p><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-4 ms-rteFontSize-2"><span><a href="/ChildrenandCommunityServices/Documents/Community%20Services%20Documents/SCFC%20Infographic.pdf" target="_blank"><span class="ms-rteThemeForeColor-5-4 ms-rteFontSize-2"></span></a>​​​​​​</span><br></span></p><p><strong><strong>​For more information about the Simcoe County Food Council and how it supports the community, contact: </strong><a href="mailto:foodcouncilcoordinator@gmail.com"><strong>foodcouncilcoordinator@gmail.com</strong></a><strong> </strong></strong></p><p><strong>The Food Council website can be found here: <a href="https://can01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https://www.scfoodcouncil.com/&data=04%7c01%7cKholah.Nisar%40simcoe.ca%7cb77dfa1d9e9440109b6d08d93bfd4c99%7cbaae52565a7340f28c4d76f3ae971463%7c1%7c0%7c637606781354681554%7cUnknown%7cTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7c1000&sdata=MXvhKMMMcTjbofEK7WhtbDzWQizD2f8qvVtJ6qARZKs%3D&reserved=0">https://www.scfoodcouncil.com/</a> </strong></p><p><strong><strong></strong>​</strong></p><p>​<br></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.  ​<br></p>
Housing Retention Fund ProgramHousing Retention Fund Program<p style="text-align:left;">​<a></a>​​​​For information about this program and how to apply, please click the link below.<br></p><p style="text-align:left;">​​<a href="/OntarioWorks/Pages/housing.aspx">House Retention Program</a>​<br></p><p style="text-align:left;"><br></p><p style="text-align:left;">​<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>
Reaching HomeReaching Home<p>​​​<br></p><p><strong>What is Reaching Home? </strong></p><p><a href="https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/programs/homelessness.html" target="_blank">Reaching H​ome​</a>: The Government of ​​Canada's Homelessness Strategy is a community-based program aimed at preventing and reducing homelessness across Canada by providing funding to local comminutes to help them address their local homelessness needs.</p><p><span style="font-size:1em;">Th</span><span style="font-size:1em;">e</span><span style="font-size:1em;"> Community Advisory Board (CAB) is the local organizing committee responsible for setting direction for addressing homelessness in the community or region.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:1em;">In </span><span style="font-size:1em;">Simcoe County, the Designated Communities stream of Reaching Home funding is administered by the County of Simcoe, as the Community Entity (CE), covering the geographic area of Simcoe County.</span></p><p><strong style="font-size:1em;">How to apply for Designated Communities funding in Simcoe County</strong><br></p><p>Organizations within Simcoe County can apply for Reaching Home Designated Community funding through the County of Simcoe, as the Community Entity, to support the priorities identified in the <a href="https://www.homelesshub.ca/resource/reaching-home-barrie-simcoe-community-homelessness-plan-2019-%e2%80%93-2024" target="_blank">Barrie-Simcoe Community Plan 2019-2024</a>.</p><p><span style="font-size:1em;">The Allocations Subcommittee of the Community Advisory Board (CAB) assesses and recommends projects for funding.</span></p><p><strong style="font-size:1em;">2022-23 Application Information</strong></p><p><span style="font-size:1em;">Applications for the 2022-23 funding year are now open, and can be downloaded <a href="/ChildrenandCommunityServices/Documents/2022-23%20RH%20application%20Final%20PDF%20Fillable%20Form.pdf" target="_blank">here</a>​.</span><br></p><p><span style="font-size:1em;"></span></p><p>Applications close on December 8, 2021. ​<br></p><p>Information about applications for 2022/23 funding will be posted here regularly​.<br></p><p><span style="font-size:1em;"> </span><span style="font-size:1em;">​</span><strong style="font-size:1em;">Additional Resources</strong><br></p><ul><li>Download: <a href="https://www.homelesshub.ca/resource/reaching-home-barrie-simcoe-community-homelessness-plan-2019-%e2%80%93-2024" target="_blank">Barrie-Simcoe Community Plan 2019-2024</a>​<br></li><li>Download: Barrie-Simcoe Community Homelessness Report (CHR) 2020-21</li><li><a href="https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/programs/homelessness.html" target="_blank">About Reaching Home: Canada's Homelessness Strategy</a></li><li><a href="https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/programs/homelessness/directives.html" target="_blank">Reaching Home Directives</a><br></li></ul><div><br></div><div><br></div><div>User friendly URL for this page is <a href="http://www.simcoe.ca/reachinghome" target="_blank">www.simcoe.ca/reachinghome</a> ​ ​ <br></div><div><br></div><div>For further information please contact Irena Pozgaj-Jones at 705-722-3132 or 905-729-4514 ext. 1036 or by email at <a href="mailto:Irena.Pozgaj-Jones@simcoe.ca" target="_blank">Irena.Pozgaj-Jones@simco​e.ca</a>.<br></div><p>​<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>​The focus for HIFIS in 2020 continued to be project development and refining HIFIS operations. Project development focussed on the development of reports from HIFIS, and HIFIS operations focused on training with front-end users (i.e., service provider staff), data quality, and policy and procedures.</p><p style="color:#000000;font-family:"times new roman";font-size:medium;"></p><ul><li>12,138 client files (2638 new files in 2020)</li><li>251 active HIFIS users (94 new users joined in 2020)</li><li>31 agencies (5 new joined in 2020)</li><li>29 virtual training sessions since June 2020</li><li>​1965 HIFIS Help Desk requests/support​</li><li>​35 HIFIS reports available to HIFIS users (28 new reports released in 2020)<span data-ccp-props="{"134233279":true,"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":240}" style="font-size:1em;"> </span><span style="font-size:1em;">​</span></li></ul><p><span lang="EN-US">​​</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 Minist​ry 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:​<br></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> <br></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/County%20of%20Simcoe%20Community%20Services%20Serious%20Occurrence%20Report%20Form%20-%20June%202021.pdf"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/15/images/icpdf.png" alt="" /></a><a href="/ChildrenandCommunityServices/Documents/County%20of%20Simcoe%20Community%20Services%20Serious%20Occurrence%20Report%20Form%20-%20June%202021.pdf">Community Services Serious Occurrence Report Form - June 2021</a>​<br>​<a href="/ChildrenandCommunityServices/Documents/SCIF/CHPI%20Indicators%20Reporting%20Instructions_FINAL.pdf" target="_blank" style="font-size:1em;"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />CHPI Indicators Reporting Instructions for Funded Programs 2020/21</a><span style="font-size:1em;">​​</span><br></p><p> <br></p>

 

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