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  • March 31, 2015

Preventing Homelessness in Hamilton Area

Ontario builds on the success of the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative

March 30, 2015


Ontario is providing municipalities with $587 million over the next two years through the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative (CHPI) to help people dealing with homelessness get access to housing, an important first step to moving out of poverty.


The government’s new Poverty Reduction Strategy sets a bold long-term goal to end homelessness in Ontario by focusing more closely on those who are currently homeless or at risk of being homeless. It builds on Ontario’s Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy (LTAHS) that is transforming the housing system by focusing on getting people in need housed as quickly as possible.


The CHPI is a key part of LTAHS.  Through a Housing First approach this program supports more local, flexible and tailored solutions for Ontario’s most vulnerable. This helps people to obtain permanent affordable housing and the unique supports they need to stay housed.


As of March 31, 2014, CHPI has assisted approximately 33,100 families experiencing homelessness in obtaining housing and has helped approximately 83,800 families at-risk of homelessness remain in their homes.


Hamilton area will receive  $38,147,400 from CHPI over two years.


Providing support to address homelessness is part of the government’s plan to build Ontario up by investing in people, building modern infrastructure and supporting a dynamic and innovative business climate.




“Our government is committed to supporting initiatives and activities that help prevent and reduce homelessness in Ontario. The Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative gives communities the flexibility to address local priorities and better meet the needs of individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.”

-       Hon. Ted McMeekin MPP, Ancaster Dundas Flamborough Westdale




  • Since 2003, Ontario’s funding commitment of over $4 billion, which includes the recent extension to the Investment in Affordable Housing program, is the largest affordable housing program in the province’s history. 
  • Ontario is supporting the creation of over 20,000 affordable rental housing units, making more than 275,000 repairs and improvements to social and affordable housing units, and providing rental and down payment assistance to over 90,000 households.
  • Ontario’s new Poverty Reduction Strategy sets a bold long-term goal to end homelessness in Ontario. 






For further information, please contact Ted McMeekin MPP  905-690-6552

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